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HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Singers set the stage on fire

As the concert came to an end, there were fans waiting outside just to get a glimpse of Singh

mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2017 10:48 IST
Aayushi Pratap
HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Javed Ali performs on the final day of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival on Sunday.(Pratik Chorge/HT )

With back-to-back performances by singers Javed Ali and Suhkwinder Singh, the final day of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival ended with a bang.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Asiatic Library steps as Javed Ali started his concert at 6:30pm with a Sufi song.

He and Sukhwinder performed as part of the LIC music section co-powered by Fox Life, with events hosted by Fever 104 FM RJs Urmin and Anuraag.

The young crowd cheered and sang along as Ali lent his lilting voice to Bollywood favourites such as ‘Tarif karu kya iski’ and ‘Abhi na jao chhod ke’ and more recent numbers like ‘Naina’ from Bajrangi Bhaijaan and ‘Khwaja mere Khwaja’ from Jodhaa Akbar.

Sukhwinder took the stage next and began with a stirring rendition of ‘Jai ho’ from the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, followed by ‘Udi udi jaye’ from recent release Raees, and what is arguably his most-famous number, ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’ from the movie Dil Se.

As the concert came to an end, there were fans waiting outside just to get a glimpse of Singh.

“We couldn’t get in, we were told it was houseful. We were listening to the songs from outside,” said Yash Vardhan, 24, a Vikhroli resident.

“I am a newbie at Kala Ghoda and I’ve been having a fabulous throughout. These concerts made my day,” said Prabhas Das, 27, a banker from Andheri who was lucky enough to make it inside for the gig.

“I was amazed to see a concert this big so well-organised. I follow Bollywood music closely and tonight, Javed Ali covered all the songs I love, especially ‘Khwaja mere Khwaja’,” said Abhishek Shah, 26, a businessman from Vile Parle.

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