Noted singer Nitin Mukesh, aptly called by many as 'Stage Show Badshah', enthralled the audience with his voice and charismatic presentation by taking them on an emotional and nostalgic journey at the premier show of his North American tour here.
Nitin, who is travelling across the world with his concert Kal Ki Yaadein -- a tribute to Mukesh, his father and legendary singer -- had the crowds singing and dancing at the packed Stafford Centrey Performing Arts Theatre non-stop for five long hours.
The singer took the audience on a nostalgic trip with his soulful renditions of evergreen hits of Mukesh like Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan, Dost Dost Na Raha, Jaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din and Mein Pal Do Pal Ka Shair Hoon among many others.
He blended songs and story-telling, sharing happy, mischievous, poignant memories from his life.
Nitin said. "It's easier for singers to become actors than for actors to become singers, trust me. One in about a hundred actors sings for himself." Although Mukesh was blessed with distinguished, movie-star looks, his family was blunt in its reaction when he ventured into acting.
"We got on his case and said, 'No, you can't act. You're not a good actor. For goodness sake, don't do that!'" Nitin recalled. "You lose out on fans if you make a bad film. It's better to be the voice that is loved by millions."
"He (Mukesh) sang mostly sad and romantic numbers, songs that spoke of heartbreak, songs that had pathos and were highly emotional," Nitin said.
Adding "he was very happy as far as I could see. He didn't have any heartbreak, but he was a very emotional man. His voice had natural pathos and intonation."
Nitin was accompanied by his youngest sister, Namrata, who regaled the audience with her Geeta Dutt numbers like Babu Ji dheere Chalna and Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo.
Besides his accomplished orchestra, two female singers Manasi and Mrinalini Naik, who accompanied him sang a few numbers both solo and duets. Another male voice in his troupe Ganesh was also applauded for his numbers.
The singer devoted one number to his wife Nishi Mukesh, Chand See Mehbooba Ho Meri Kab Aisa Meine Soncha Tha who was among the audience.
The programme ended with Ramaiya Wasta Waiya, Meine dil Tujko Diya with all the five singers on stage. He bade adieu with "wish me good luck as we say good bye" song with tears in his eyes.
Nitin believes he has been accepted on his own terms. "I'm pretty sure I'm not the legend that he was," he said. "But God has been kind. People do hear and see a lot of him in me. He is what I aspire to be."