Looking stunning in a green gown, there were times in her performance when you wondered if her beauty was more riveting or her talent more engrossing. But, when you got the goose bumps when she sang ‘Tujh mein rab dikhta hai’, when thousands of Nagpurians sang (read roared) in unison when she sang their favourite numbers, when requests were screamed out to her, you knew that this powerhouse of talent called Shreya Ghoshal had everyone transfixed.
If her rock-star like image when she sang ‘Pal pal pal’ was awesome, then her li’l thumkas on certain numbers added a racy touch to her performance; and when she showcased her classical skills as she rendered an alaap in ‘Ami je tomar’, being musically spellbound was a given!
By admitting that she loves the city in the beginning of her performance, Shreya had endeared herself to the audience. So, when she sang her National Award-winning Marathi song ‘Jeeva rangala’ and other Marathi songs like ‘Rajasa zavali zara’ and ‘Haath naka lau majhya saadi la’ she made a place in the hearts of Nagpurians.
As Shreya’s performance was nearing the end, she and her co-singer Shivprasad Mallya belted out numbers like ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Dola Re Dola’ and the crowd was in a trance alright. They sang, took pics, danced in groups, waved away in unison, even as some parents held their kids in the air to get their little ones up close and personal with talent.
As the dust settled at the ground and the crackers lit up the night sky, the Times Nagpur Festival came to end after lighting up the city for a week in a culturally unique way.