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Bmobile sends pan to Pakistan

Port of Spain, Trinidad - The next time legendary Pakistani artiste, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performs here, which he promises will be soon, he just might play some steelpan music for his local fans.

Bmobile during Ali Khan’s concert at the Centre of Excellence on Saturday 14 May presented the gift of a tenor pan, complete with case, to Ali Khan in appreciation of his excellent musical presentation that totaled over two hours with a twenty-minute break midway through.

The steelpan was presented to Ali Khan by Randy Ramtahal, a director on the TSTT Board of Directors during the second half of his performance. The audience applauded with pride as the singer accepted the gift thanking Ramtahal and Bmobile for the, “Wonderful gift of music.”

This special moment was only one of many during the concert produced by Iconoklast Limited and of which Blink / Bmobile were the main sponsors. Every patron from General Admission, Reserved, VIP and VVIP had an opportunity to win Blackberry handsets as door prizes. Also, the first two patrons that identified themselves as celebrating their birthday on the night also won Blackberries.

It was a night made for memorable moments and patrons were encouraged to capture theirs on their Blackberry handsets then use the latest Blackberry application on demonstration at the concert to have their camera photos printed immediately using Bluetooth connectivity.

As for the show itself, an enjoyable night was had by all including Members of Parliament, former government ministers, members of the Diplomatic Corps such as Indian High Commissioner, Malay Mishra and even former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday and his wife, Oma who were dancing in their seats as Ali Khan and his full orchestra performed. The show opened with a fine performance by pannist, Noel Pierre who impressed the audience with his rendition of “O Re Piya.” He was followed by Neval Chaitlal who really sent the audience wild with his performance that saw him singing Bollywood film songs such as “Tu Jaane Na,” “Saiyaan” and “Naina.”

By the end of Ali Khan’s second performance patrons could refrain no longer and left their seats to come to the front of the stage to dance and sing along with him. Ali Khan performed several qawwalis or devotional songs, classical ghazals and of course songs from Bollywood. All through both his sets patrons were singing with arms lifted as they sat. That was, until the music really took control. Blink/Bmobile was pleased to be a part of this great experience and will continue to work alongside promoters to bring the world’s best entertainment including our own local artistes to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.