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Touching hearts and creating magic with her mellifluous voice, the star songstress of Indian cinema, Shreya Ghoshal, was back in California entrancing music lovers at sold-out concerts at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach July 18 and the City National Civic Center in San Jose July 19.
Churning out a string of hits from her music career spanning about 13 years, the prolific singer rocked the venues and had the audience singing along in no time.
“You make me feel like I am back home,” exclaimed the four-time National Award winning singer who has been delivering power-packed performances year after year. “This is one of my favorite cities to come to,” she told her San Jose audience, “also because I love technology, I use all the apps possible, and I am the first one to download any new app that is launched.”
The opening act featured Hrishikesh Ranade, winner of “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” Maharashtra Ajacha Awaaz, who upped the excitement quotient with songs like “Har Kisi Ko Nahi Milta.” The much talented singer also teamed up with Ghoshal for several duets like “Oo La La” and “Radha on the Dance Floor” later in the show.
Amidst heightened anticipation, the sound of the emotionally intense love song, “Sun Raha Hai Na Tu” from the hit “Aashique 2,” came wafting through the hall and the crowd’s roaring response signaled Ghoshal’s arrival on stage.
Ghoshal, flanked by a seven-piece orchestra, stepped into the spotlight against a backdrop of multi-hued lights and smoke and then, she sang, sang and sang for close to three hours, inviting numerous cheers, whistles and claps from her adoring fans.
“We had to say no to about 2,000 people; in fact, for the first time, because of the high demand, people requested that they just wanted to come in and sit wherever; they even wanted a standing seat,” Bhavini Joshi, CEO of Instant Karma, one of the presenters of the San Jose concert, told India-West.
The pitch-perfect singer clad in a turquoise anarkali outfit showcased her musical diversity by offering something different with each song, from making the audience groove to the peppy “Chikni Chameli” from the film “Agnipath” one minute, and serenading the crowd with the romantic ballad, “Char Kadam Chal Do Na Sath Mere” from the blockbuster film “PK,” the next.
Rishi Kejriwal’s group dancers complemented the soulful singer’s performance.
The audience mostly sat rapt during the show with their eyes transfixed upwards as the singer took them on a musical odyssey with numbers such as “Bahara Bahara,” “Tu Hi Toh Meri Dost Hai,” “Saans Main Teri Saans Mili,” “Main Tenu Samjhawana Ki,” “Barso Re Megha,” “Yeh Ishq Hai,” “Nagada Sung Dhol Baje” and many more.
A short intermission and an outfit change later, the singer returned to the stage, and she totally owned it. With old classics like “Naam Gum Jayega,” “Lambi Judaai,” “Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina” and “Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum,” she transported the listeners to that golden era.
Bubbling with energy, the versatile singer was particularly engaging, often indulging in a light banter with her fans.
“Let’s have some fun,” she said to a deafening applause before her next offering, “Zoobi Doobi.”
Her warm stage presence and dazzling smile melted the hearts of all those present in the hall.
“I just love Shreya. I make it a point to attend her concert every year. It just refreshes and recharges you,” said Akansha Sinha, who came with her girlfriends.
She was barraged with song requests, and she obliged many times, often ignoring her own list.
“I hardly listen to my own songs but among all my songs, this particular one is very special because of Gulzaar sahib’s lyrics, she said before rendering “O Saathi Re” from the film, “Omkaara.”
Ghoshal with her clear-crisp vocals is one of the most sought-after voices in the Indian music industry. The singer has amassed a huge fan base not only in real but virtual life as well with millions of Twitter followers.
She was barely 13 when she won the popular Indian reality TV show, “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa,” a platform for thousands of aspiring singers to exhibit their talent and where director Sanjay Leela Bhansali spotted her. A break in his film, “Devdas” fetched her a one-way ticket to Bollywood.
The multi-lingual singing sensation also sang her Tamil, Marathi and Kannada chartbusters.
“I have not been to a more entertaining show in years. Shreya was outstanding, and the sound was absolutely flawless,” commented Sanjay Gaur of Palmdale, “she was absolutely mesmerizing.”
Bisma Khan of Redondo Beach added: “And her interaction with the audience was what made this show the best I’ve ever been to,” while Sumita Batra of Ziba Beauty said, “brilliant is the word. The best sound this theater has ever had for any Indian show.”
“Wear your seat belts as I am going to turn into Monjolika now,” Ghoshal said while closing the show with a powerful rendition of “Mere Dholna Sun” from the film, “Bhool Bhulaiya,” a befitting end to a spectacular evening.
The “Shreya Ghoshal Live in Concert” was nationally promoted by Shree Balaji Entertainment as part of a three-week, nine-city tour.
The Long Beach concert was presented by Stagepaint Productions in association with Chateau Luxe and Holiday Inn; while the San Jose show was organized by Instant Karma, Shor Media, and Bollywood Events with platinum sponsor Cal Coast Financial, Cakes and Bakes-Peacock Restaurant the catering partner, and Yours Humanly the charity partner.
This story originally appeared on India West.