On the evening of 12 June, Evan Theatre in Penrith was bursting at the seams. A dream that was woven was becoming a reality. IOZ Events were hosting Vijay Yesudas and Friends who brought with them Australian Dreams 2016. They are a group of gifted artistes who kept the audience enthralled with soulful singing, energetic dances and crackling mimicry.
Over the years, Vijay Yesudas, who is also blessed with a great voice, has done his father, legendary singer Yesudas, proud with his impeccable singing and many awards. The ‘Friends’ of Vijay Yesudas included Afsal, Rimi Tomy, Remya Nambeesan, Tini Tom and a couple of other mimicry artistes. All of them are talented in their own right—Afsal has sung nearly 200 songs, Rimi Tomy is a singer, actress and a television anchor—all rolled in one, Remya Nambeesan is a talented actress, dancer and singer and Tini Tom is an actor and talented mimicry artist. The program also featured local talent Merina Suresh, who sang with Vijay.
Vijay began the evening by singing some of father’s popular songs and followed those with his own hit numbers. The evening had songs for everyone—old, young and those in between.
Afsal too sang some old and new songs including one from the film Aashiqui 2, which was a hit with the audience. He presented different music genres with aplomb. Rimi Tomy is a total entertainer and has a very infectious personality. Her song and dance numbers were peppy and engaging and included the famous Hindi number ‘Hawa Hawaii’ from the movie Mr. India.
Remya performed some well-choreographed dances to songs from the movie Bajirao Mastaani. All the dance performances were supported by students from the Swastik Institute of Dance. Tini Tom’s mimicry team included Ajeesh Kottayam and Jobi Pala. These talented artists had the audience in splits with their fresh take on mimicry. In all, the evening was a very fulfilling and enjoyable one. Kudos to the team at IOZ Events for organising such a successful show.