EACH OF her songs was haunting. Each has touched the peak of popularity. Bhopalites were treated to a feast of hot and peppy, soft and soulful Bollywood numbers from Krishna Cottage to Krrish, from Jism to Paheli by playback singer Shreya Ghoshal.
Shreya, one of the youngest among contemporary playback singers, delivered her best - and worst - with equal grace on Saturday at the Motilal Nehru Stadium. The programme was part of the State’s golden jubilee celebrations.
It started a little past 8 pm with a Guru Vandana after which Swapan Mukherjee sang some beautiful numbers of yesteryears. Acoustics was good, but those seated in the front had to bear loud vibrations, which somewhat dampened the sweetness.
Shreya, dressed in a light green and pink dress, then took the stage amidst thunderous applause. She started off with Devdas song - Silsila Yeh Chahat Ka.
Vada Raha Pyar Se Pyar Ka followed next. Later came the seductive Jism number ‘Chalo Tumhe Lekar Chale Hum Un Fizaon Mein’, soulful Munnabhai MBBS song ‘Chan Chan Man Gaye Kyon’, haunting Krishna Cottage song ‘Soona Soona Lamha Lamha Mei Rahen Tanha Tanha’.
Then came the change from soulful to romantic with ‘Agar Tum Mil Jao Zamana Chhod Denge Hum’ from Zeher. She then took a nostalgic turn to deliver Lata Mageshkar number ‘Kya Jaanu Sajan Hoti Hai Kya Gham Ki Sham’ with perfect melody and rhythm. “ Whenever I sing a song of Lataji, I feel very pure and my internal desires are fulfilled,” she said.
Then it was back to her latest hit from Krrish ‘Dhoop Nikalti Hai Jahan Par’. She then sang the Paheli number ‘Kangna Re Kangna Re’, followed by another Krrish song ‘Dekho Pavan Bhi Lahra Rahi Hai’. Her National Award winning Devdas number ‘Bairi Piya Bada Bedardi’ came as the fitting finale to this part of the concert.
After a 10 to 15 minute break came some more beautiful numbers from Jism, Lage Raho Munnabhai and umpteen more. Between songs, Shreya kept saying how much she was enjoying her first visit to Bhopal. “ I know Bhopal is a hub of cultural activity.
Its people are great lovers of music so I am going to take the liberty of singing some not-so-popular songs.” The young star and other members of her troupe were presented flowers by Commissioner Culture Pankaj Rag during the programme.