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Concert Review: Sunidhi Chauhan (London)

Concert details:

Date: Friday 27th September 2013

Location: Royal Albert Hall, London

Organisers: TLC Events and Rock On Music

Sunidhi Chauhan Royal Albert Hall review

In BizAsia‘s recent interview with Sunidhi Chauhan, the singer was very open about how excited she was about her forthcoming concert at the Royal Albert Hall. It would be the concert to end her UK tour which was already getting rave reviews from other parts of the UK. There was a feel that once again, as with Shreya Ghoshal’s Europe tour earlier in the year, that the celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema would give Chauhan’s performance a unique selling point. However, one would be wrong to say that that was the be all and end all of what was a truly memorable concert.

Sunidhi Chauhan Rakesh Maini

In what was a refreshing change from what was expected, Chauhan was the first act on stage and admittedly spent more time performing than any other artist would have in their given concert. With the only accompanying artist being ex Indian Idol contestant Rakesh Maini, Chauhan was very much in her element in all of her song performances – with and without Maini. Maini was also worthy of the cheers he got when he sang some famous Mohammed Rafi tracks and also the newer songs such as Tum Hi Ho and Subah Hone Na De.

Chauhan’s standout songs would be absolutely incomplete without a mention of her rendition of Beyonce’s Halo. As she asked for the audience’s permission to sing an English song, Chauhan did total justice to the song and she surprised an unsuspecting London audience. Her 100 years tribute included some golden oldies such as Churaliya Hai Tumne Jo Dilko, Kabhi Kabhie and also Baahon Mein Chale Aao. To here such tracks in her versatile voice was not only unforgettable but also moments you would want to relive over and over again. Of her popular slow tracks, the best few were Ishq Sufiyana, Be Intehaan, Bin Tere and also not to forget Te Amo.

Throughout the night, Chauhan kept the audience entertained with a varied pace. One would have expected mellow songs to be followed up with a rise in tempo but in this concert, the beats were fluctuating. Although this proved as something else that made the night different to the rest, the audience seemed just as happy swaying to a sombre song as they were dancing in their seats to the faster numbers such as Ainvayi Ainvayi, Desi Girl and Sheila Ki Jawaani. When singing Dance Pe Chance, a lucky gentleman from the audience was called on stage to shake a leg with Chauhan which was an obvious crowd-pleaser moment. Tracks which were omitted and missed were Crazy Kiya Re and Deedar De and also the cabaret-style Kaisi Paheli.

Chauhan’s finale was on perhaps one of her most popular songs, Beedi. There was a slight discomfort and disappointment that the finale saw an somewhat abrupt end but this did not serve as a downer on a night which was an absolute treats for the attendees. Overall, Chauhan’s stage presence and strength of singing voice was enough to make even the more timid audience members appreciate being there on the night to witness such a phenomenal performer wowing the crowds and almost to the point that they were left open-mouthed. Her voice in some of the slower tracks almost made the whole of the Royal Albert Hall give an echo back. It was indeed a night to remember and one only hopes Chauhan will return for an encore some time soon.

The night’s song list:

Sunidhi Chauhan

Aisa Jadoo Udala Re – ‘Khakhee’

Dhanno – ‘Housefull 2’

Halkat Jawaani – ‘Heroine’

Ishq Sufiyana – ‘The Dirty Picture’

Bhaage Re Mann Kahi – ‘Chameli’

Bin Tere – ‘I Hate Luv Storys’

Yaraam – ‘Ek Thi Daayan’

Tere Mere Beech Mein – ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’

Dance Pe Chance – ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’

Ainvayi Ainvayi – ‘Band Baaja Baraat’

Mind Blowing Mahiya – ‘Cash’

Ondhani Odhu To Udh Udh Jaye

Desi Girl – ‘Dostana’

Rakesh Maini

Tum Hi Ho – ‘Aashiqui 2’

Subha Hona Na De – ‘Desi Boyz’

Lat Lag Gay – ‘Race 2’

Jee Karda – ‘Singh is Kinng’

Angrezi Beat – ‘Cocktail’

Sunidhi Chauhan:

Udi – ‘Guzaarish’

Mere Haath Mein – ‘Fanaa’

Hey Shona – ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’

Kyon – ‘Barfi’

Te Amo – ‘Dum Maro Dum’

Be Intehaan – ‘Race 2’

Sajna Ve Sajna – ‘Chameli’


Tandhi Hawa

Tumhe Yaad Karte karte – ‘Amrapali’

Kehna Hai Aaj Tumse Yeh Pehli Baar – ‘Padosan’

Jahaan Mil Gaye

Churaliya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko – ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’

Kabhi Kabhi – ‘Kabhi Kabhie’

Halo – Beyonce

O Meri Zahaur Jabeen – ‘Waqt’

Meri Tarah

Bahon Mein Chale Aao – ‘Anamika’

Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna – ‘Kudrat’

Yeh Mera Dil – ‘Don’

Pehla Nasha – ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’

Gun Gun Guna Re – ‘Agneepath’

Rakesh Maini – Sunidhi Chauhan – Duet

Disco Deewane – ‘Student of the Year’

Dilliwaali Girlfriend – ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’

Rakesh Maini:

Na Ja Kahnin Ab Na Ja – ‘Mere Hamdam Mere Dost’

Tumne Mujhe Dheka – ‘Teesri Manzil’

Badan Pe Sitaare – ‘Prince’

Sunidhi Chauhan:

Sheila Ki Jawaani – ‘Tees Maar Khan’

Sajna Ji Vari Vari – ‘Honeymoon Travels Ltd’

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom – ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’

Beedi – ‘Omkara’