The curtains fell on this year’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival against the soundtrack of Sonu Niigaam’s voice, as the singer performed the evening’s finale act outside the Asiatic Library near Horniman Circle on Sunday.
A boisterous crowd, practically stampeding to edge closer to the stage nearly threatened to derail the show that had begun with percussion fusion by tabla player Ustad Fazal Qureshi and his group. “This is really rocking,” said Sushmita Ghosh, 18, a student. as Niigaam belted out hits from recent Hindi films. “Though I wish things were less chaotic.” The audience went wild, especially once Niigaam began impersonating Anu Malik and Himesh Reshammiya.
Niigaam sang hits its such as Aaja Soniye, Shukran Allah and Chori Kiya Re Jiya. The organisers also spoke on the occasion.
“It has been a great festival, thanks to the people of this great city,” said Manek Davar, honorary secretary of the festival.
The Kala Ghoda festival had faced trouble on account of the noise limit restrictions in the area.
The state’s minister for tourism and public works, Chhagan Bhujbal was also present on the occasion and promised all possible government support for the festival.
“This is fabulous,” said Bhujbal. “Within a week I will call a meeting of all the agencies concerned and will see to it that you get permission.”