Kuwait: Entertainment Galore with Shreya Ghoshal at ICS ‘Silsila Ye Chahat Ka’
Report pics: Wilson and Priya Saldanha Shirthady/Kuwait
Daijiworld Media Network – Kuwait
Kuwait, Dec 11: Indian Cultural Society (ICS) presented ‘Silsila Ye Chahat Ka’ with playback singer Shreya Ghoshal and Shivprasad Mallya on Friday December 9, at Al Jeel Al Jadeed Auditorium Hawalli from 7 pm onwards. The chief guest of the day was the Indian ambassador to Kuwait Satish Chand Mehta.
The programme started with the formal welcome address delivered by the ICS president and anchor of the day, Ashfaque Ahmed Khan, along with singing of the National Anthems of Kuwait and India. Satish Chand Mehta, along with the sponsors of the event, then released the souvenir, and spoke a few words. The entertainment part started with a dance by Dancing Divas and a song sung by Baby Safa Khan.
ICS has, in the past, hosted a number of memorable events like ‘ Parda Hai Parda’ with Munawwar Masoom, Surinder Singh and Poonam Bhatia, ‘Mahakte Lamhe’ with Udit Narayan, Neha Chauhan andTrishna Mukharjee, ‘Dil Ki Awaaz ‘ with Kavita Krishnamurti and Bharti Singh, ‘Jashn e Bahara’n’ with Talat Aziz and famous poets, ‘Nazar Ke Samne’ with Kumar Sanu and Bali ‘Taal se Taal’ with ALKA Yagnik, ‘Shaam e Sangeet’ with Hema Sardesai, ‘Shaam e Shibani’ with Shibani Kashyap Suroon- Ki-Shaam, Shaam- e-Ghazal, Geet and Ghazal Nite, Shab- e-Meraj, Jhoomte Sitare, Shaam e Ghalib with Kader Khan and many more.
Shivprasad Mallya, famous Bollywood Singer of Sa re ga ma fame and the male singer accompanying Sherya did his best to liven up the dampened spirit with a couple of high energy songs just before the star of the night came on stage. He is a full time vocalist, Playback singer for regional language films in India, having sung in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Haryanvi,Bengali, Chattisgarhi, Bhojpuri and Oriya. He is a live show performer having performed over 1000 shows worldwide.
The audience had lot of expectations from female singer and star of the day Shreya Ghoshal, who was performing for the first time in Kuwait. Shreya Ghoshal’s career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Devdas, for which she received National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with film fare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has worked in more than 200 films and received four National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards and four Filmfare Awards from South. She has been performing all over the world and captivating audience with her charming personality, ability to connect to audience instantly and above all her musical ability.
As the evening progressed she slowly captured the audience with the range of moods her songs rendered, from being sensuous to rocking, clapping and tapping. Apart from her honeyed and silken voice, Shreya’s strength in capturing the audience, is her on-stage manner filled with modesty, friendliness and a down-to-earth quality. She presents herself as ‘one of yours’ in a very humble way which makes her an exceptional performer, someone not only wonderful to hear, but charming to watch as well. She also sung few duets with Shivprasad Mallya. In between songs she ceaselessly engaged with the audience, prodding them to sing with her, making every effort to make the evening truly memorable.