Students welcomed Bollywood singer Nikhil D’Souza with cheers that could be heard blocks away. On stage for Symbiosis Law School’s annual cultural fest, Symfiesta, the 35-year-old O Gujariya (Queen; 2013) mesmerised the crowd with his arresting vocals and guitar riffs, getting them to sing along. The energy was palpable.
Students make videos, hum your tunes with you, and demand for their favourite tracks to be performed
“It is lovely to sing at college fests to such a lovely audience,” said D’Souza , who believes that unlike commercial gigs, students at these fests are fully invested in the performance.
“They make videos, hum your tunes with you, and demand for their favourite tracks to be performed, which makes me happy. It shows their genuine interest. The love I get from them at these fests helps me understand what they love and enjoy about my music. They come especially to see the singer perform and there is a great exchange of energy. As a singer, one cannot ask for more,” said D’Souza.
Students were equally thrilled. “I have always heard Nikhil on the radio or my phone. But listening to him live is something way better. He is definitely cool,” said Vikram Nayyar, a student.
In this age of music collaborations, D’Souza hasn’t yet joined the bandwagon. Who’s on his wish list? “My dream collaborations would be with Sting or Radiohead. I look up to them as inspiration, and drawing influence from such talented singers pushes the boundaries of one’s own music,” said the singer.