Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sensational Shreya Regales Puneites

There was a shimmering veil of melody ensconcing the air on the evening of 21st February, 2016 at Law College Ground, Pune. The audience was mesmerized, ecstatic, excited and touched, all at the same time. And this can only happen when the queen of melody herself, Shreya Ghoshal creates magic with her singing. In what was her first solo concert in Pune, organized by ‘Sa’ Creations, Shreya Ghoshal (once again) proved as to why she has been touted as the queen of melody.  She also reiterated the reason why almost no film made in the past decade or so has been without atleast one song sung by her. Absolutely beautiful renditions dotted this musical evening.  The yesteryear Saregamapa winner started off with ‘bahara’ from ‘I hate Luv stories’. From that point onwards, it was a fabulous treat for the ‘Rasik Punekars.’  In Shreya’s words, it is as great a pleasure as well as a responsibility to sing in front of such a knowledgeable and musically inclined audience.  Shreya went on to regale the audience with one hit number after the other - Agar Tum Mil Jao, Saibo, Radha, Piya O re Piya, Deewani Mastani from Bajirao Mastani, Zoobi Doobi, Ooh La La and many more had the audience swaying to her tunes. Then her rendition of Chikni Chameli threw the audience in a tizzy.  Marathi songs like Jiv Rangla, Jiv Laga and Reshmachya Reghanni  were the icing on the cake. Some more pearls were added to the glimmering necklace of her renditions that evening.  A small but immensely soulful tribute was paid to legends  Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Lata mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh. From Asha Bhosle’s Dum Maro Dum to  Lata Mangeshkar’s Aapki Nazron ne Samjha to Kabhi Kabhi and who Shaam Kuch Ajib thi by Kishore Da, Shreya left the audience asking for more of these evergreen classics. She was well supported by Pune’s very own Rishikesh Ranade in the duets. The concert reached its crescendo  with Aami Je Tomar or Mere Dholna Sun from Bhool Bhulaiyya. Finally, the spellbound connoisseurs had to leave the venue with a song in their hearts and hope that this immensely gifted artist graces the city again, soon. After witnessing such amazing talent, I feel if there had to be a manifestation of a power above us, it would have to be this.