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Shreya Ghoshal puts Wellingtonians on a trance

A Correspondent – 

Three years ago, speaking to Indian Newslink from her home in Mumbai, Shreya Ghoshal had said that New Zealand was her favourite country and that she wished to perform in many cities and avenues.

That wish was fulfilled in Wellington, her debut in the Capital, on August 19, 2016.

She was the star of ‘Deewani Mastani Shreya Ghoshal in Concert’ organised by Hitesh Vyas and Arvind Shetty of ‘Rock on Music’ at Michael Fowler Centre.

“This is the best show that we have ever organised,” they said.

Riveting numbers

More than 2000 people attended the event. Among them were New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters, his fellow Member of Parliament Mahesh Bindra, National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Sanjeev Kohli.

Shriya was accompanied by Hrishikesh Ranade, an upcoming male singer.

She set the pace for the evening’s melody with ‘Mohe Rang Do Laal’ (a classical song from ‘Bajirao Mastani’, a hit film starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh) and quickly followed with a number of popular numbers including a tribute to Madhubala, ‘Kehte Hain Ye Deewani Mastani Ho Gayi Deewani’ (from ‘Bajirao Mastani’) and ‘Agar Tum Mil Jao’ (picturised on Udita Goswami and Emraan Hashmi for ‘Zeher’).

Among the songs that called for repeated encores were ‘Sun Raha Hai Na Tu’ (‘Aashiqui 2’), Barso Re Megha (‘Guru’), ‘Manwa Lage’ (title track) and ‘Radha’ (‘Student of the Year’).

Mass Entertainer

While her fans say that she has rendered thousands of songs,’ no one really seems to know the accurate number, not even the artiste herself.

“I have never kept a record of the songs that I have sung over the years. They have been in several languages, put to track at different studios throughout India. When I stand behind the microphone, either at the studio or on stage, my anxiety is to do my best and not disappoint my music directors, lyricists, producers, directors, show organisers and most important of all, my fans,” she said.

Challenging task

From the first song that she rendered as a playback singer picturised on Aishwarya Rai for ‘Devdas’ 14 years ago to the latest numbers in yet-to-be-released such as ‘Saanson Mein Tum’ (‘Gehri Chaal’), ‘Dillagi, Yeh Dillagi’ (‘Dillagi’), ‘O Sathiya’ (‘Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse’) and the title track from ‘Dil Mile Na Mile,’ Shreya has maintained her composure as a simple and friendly person, never letting success go to her head.

“Every song is a challenge and I have never considered that I have done my best. I continue to learn and with every song, the anxiety is to improve on the previous number. The success of songs and films make me to do better,” she said.

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