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A Grand Musical Celebration: Smita Thackeray Pays Tribute on Balasaheb Thackeray’s 98th Birth Anniversary

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 30: Smita Thackeray, the renowned social activist and founder of Mukkti Foundation, orchestrated a grand musical event on the 23rd of January 2024 in Mumbai, commemorating the 98th birth anniversary of the legendary Shiv Sena supremo, Balasaheb Thackeray.

Smita Thackeray, through Mukkti Foundation, continues her dedicated commitment to cultural heritage and social causes.

The evening, thoughtfully curated by Bina Aziz, unfolded as a powerful homage to the Tiger of Marathi Resurgence. Attendees experienced a moving tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray, a man deeply fond of music and closely connected to the film industry. The musical concert featured performances by renowned artists, including Talat Aziz, Jaspinder Narula, Harshdeep Kaur, Sanjeevni Bhelande, Shreyas Puranik, Amrita Chatterjee, and Sneha Astunkar, Nandesh Upam

The maestro Roop Kumar Rathod recorded a special song for the occasion, adding a unique touch to the celebration which is written by Israr Ansari. 

The event was elevated by the mesmerizing tunes of Nitin Shankar’s Orchestra, bringing a symphonic touch to the evening and enhancing the emotional depth of the performances.

Known for his deep appreciation of melodies and cultural expressions, Balasaheb’s affection for music was a cherished aspect of his persona. The initiative aimed to capture the essence of Balasaheb’s connection with music, offering a heartfelt homage to the late leader’s multifaceted personality. Through this initiative, Smita Thackeray seeks to celebrate the enduring impact of Balasaheb’s life and the role music played in shaping his cultural and political journey.

*In her own words*, _”As we gathered to celebrate Balasaheb Thackeray’s 98th birth anniversary, the event became a heartfelt tribute, weaving together melodies, memories, and the indomitable spirit of Marathi resurgence. It’s an honor to pay homage to the legacy of a leader who shaped our history”

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