BizAsia Concert Review: Shreya Ghoshal 2016 (London)

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor

Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal, the queen of melody, made a return to the UK this weekend in what is her fifth consecutive year of concerts. After a successful concert in Leicester on 6th May, Ghoshal then performed at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 7th May.

Accompanied by Jaideep, Ghoshal was definitely in her element once again, wowing the crowd in a packed auditorium. It was, once again, a sold out concert for the singer, proving just how popular she is with the London and UK audiences.

Entering on the soulful and award-winning Deewani Mastani from ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2016), Ghoshal provoked the audiences cheers right from the beginning. She went on to sing some of her best known tracks including Agar Tum Mil Jao which was given the Bhangra treatment, bringing freshness to a gem of a song. She also sang favourites Saans, Piyu Bole, Samjhawan, Barso Re and also Tum Bin to name a few.

The highlights of the evening in terms of performances would have to be Nagada Sang Dhol which marked the end of the first half. The song brought on cheers and whistling galore from the mesmerised audiences, as she then went on to a break. The second half was kicked off by the ever popular Silsila Yeh Chaahat Ka but the memorable performance had to be Sun Raha Hai Na Tu which many audience members shouted as a request many times. The song was given a rock feel to bring a newness to a live performance. The audience didn’t have enough of the song and asked for an encore which Ghoshal gave in a more sombre fashion.

Ghoshal also paid tribute to some of the Bollywood industry’s best known names with golden oldies such as Chaandni Raatein, Satyam Shivam Sundaram and also Teri Aankhon Ke Siva. Audiences were wowed by her rendition of Chura Liya and also Lag Jaa Gale which was sneakily fitted in right at the end.

Overall, the concert was a paisa vasool show and Ghoshal’s accompanying male singer Jaideep also made for great listening – particularly when he sang O Mere Dil Ke Chain.��However, it’s fair to say that a talent like Ghoshal’s sounds much better in a festival hall setting as opposed to an auditorium.

If there are any fans and well-wishers of Ghoshal’s who haven’t managed to catch her live in the UK yet, we think you should definitely make it a point to do so when she’s due to come again. It’s always a night to remember with Ghoshal in town!

The concert was presented by Rock On Music and TLC Events.