A stellar performance by Shreya Ghoshal captivates Chicago Music Lovers
Sep 18, 2012 – asianmediausa.com
Chicago IL: Sahil and L.A. Tan Chicago local promoter presented Shreya Ghoshal Live in Concert at 8.00 pm this Friday, September, 14 2012 at Akoo Theatre (Rosemont), 5400 N. River Road, Des Plaines IL 60018. By On public Demand Shreya sang some old Golden Melodies in addition to her own newer hit songs. Shri Balaji Entertainments was a national promoter of Shreya Ghoshal tour in North America.
The program started with entry of Iqubal Jafri as MC and few performances of local artists were presented starting with songs from Ms. Dasgupta, Pasha, a dance with song by Komal Sharma and a young dancer Nisha. All these warmed up the audience those were eager to hear Shreya.
Amidst screaming proclamations of love from fans with rhythmic claps and audible hums, Shreya unfolded her repertoire of soothing love songs, delectable duets with up and coming singer Prithvi (who often drew attention with his deep, powerful vocals) and vigorous danceable numbers. In addition Iquabal Jafri played the role of MC as well as sang few songs with his spirited voice and exceptional method. So there was ‘ ‘Tujh mein rabb dikhta hai’, ‘Teri oru, teri oru’, ‘Naino ko dheere dheere’, ‘Tere mast mast do nain’, ‘Piya bole’, ‘Mashaallah’, ‘Ooh la la’ and ‘Chikni chameli’. She flitted through contrasting expressions and styles even travelling back in time to render the hauntingly melodic ‘Lag ja gale’.
With a twinkling smile and relaxed demeanor she took up listeners’ requests that reverberated through the packed hall. There’s no chance of a retake in a live show.” She sang number of songs to the demand of audience and tried to satisfy all with her sweet and hilarious voice.
‘Bairi Piya’ from Devdas that heralded her entry into playback singing was served by Shreya as a rich dessert to wind up a hearty meal spiced well with sur and taal.
Her candor was appreciated with a thundering applause. And Shreya said, “Such a discerning audience! Nothing like singing in this city. I wish I could perform here often.” The singer maintained the conversational space more with her musical sensibility and less with drama. Though most songs came imbued with additional feeling and dynamic turn of phrases, the embellishments were not in-your-face and remained true to the essence of the original. Her unabashed virtuosity balanced beautifully with her nuanced singing and graceful moves.
The orchestra gathered around Shreya to play an effective supporting role while she herself drew upon all of her stamina and technique to deliver a mercurial ‘no break’ two-and-a-half hour concert. Light Effects and Sound system were very well synchronized.
Before ending the program Shreya thanked the entire team of organizers calling Balaji Entertainment dignitaries, who called other dignitaries whose tireless work made this show successful.
Shreya Ghoshal tour dates, Shreya Ghoshal
Friday 14 September 2012 Akoo Theatre at Rosemont Rosemont, IL, U
Saturday 15 September 2012 Sun National Bank Center Trenton, NJ, US
Sunday 16 September 2012 Hershey Centre Mississauga, ONT, Canada
Friday 21 September 2012 Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, NC, US
Sunday 23 September 2012 Ohio Theatre Columbus, OH, US
Friday, September 28, 2012 Linda W. Chapin Theater Orlando, FL
Sponsors of the show was AAPI Charitable Trust, ERP World, Big Cinema, Star Mantra, Reliance Global, Combined Oil Company, Meghana Jewelers’, and Maruti.