LONG BEACH, CA – Thousands of Angelinos celebrated the talents of three upcoming singers and musicians of contemporary times, Ankit Tiwari, Shilpa Rao and Akriti Kakkar in a live concert ‘Generation Next’ here at Terrace Theater on April 26 presented by Stage Paint Productions. The lights went off and instantly the almost packed world class theater heard the melodious voice of Ankit Tiwari...
Another versatile singer Shilpa Rao, one of the most prominent singers in the ‘wave of young singers’ kept the audience bound spell with her music.She started with ‘Yaariyaan’ from Cocktail ‘followed by ‘Tosey Naina Lagey’ for the movie Anwar’. While singing ‘Sazde Me Yunhi Jhukta Hun’ she asked the audience to switch on the lights of their mobile phones and wave them as she sangs. This created heavenly atmosphere in the theater as if small stars were twinkling in the sky. She made a real personal connection with the audience during the show. Her next song was ‘Ishq Shava’ from Yash Chopra’s film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. This was followed by ‘Khuda Jaane’, ‘Meherban Hua’ and ‘Malan Malang’.The kind of energy that she was able to generate on the stage in getting the audience fired up was amazing.
Then it was Akriti Kakar who came up on stage and right from the first song ‘Mar Jaani Mar Jaani’, she was in control of the stage and emotions of the audience. This was followed by ‘Iski Uski’, ‘Tu Gaddi Big Ban Di’, ‘Saturday, Saturday’ and ‘Lag Ja Galle’. She was also joined by her twin sisters Sukriti and Prakriti and the trio presented a bouquet of popular numbers consisting of ‘Kinna Sohna Tainu’, ‘Jugni, Ne Main Kamli’ and ‘Damaa Dum Mast Kalander’. Akriti did let her set list rest on nostalgia, but her new work was every bit as strong as the classics.
One of the promoters of the show Manoj Kay Tee while talking to IJ said the turn out was way more then expected and had crossed over 2200,and thanked all music lovers of L.A. for making it a grand success.