PASADENA, CA - She rocks the audience. She creates magic with her effortless singing. She touches hearts with her music. And she was back! None other than the reigning hit maker of Bollywood music, Shreya! The Association of Physicians of Los Angeles of Indian Origin (ALAPIO) presented Shreya Ghoshal...
The opening act was Hrishikesh Ranade, winner of ‘Idea SaReGaMaPa’ Maharashtracha Ajacha Awaaz, who briefly entertained and set the stage and the mood for the main act.
Shreya, “the queen bee”, as she was introduced, casually walked onto the stage to loud applause singing, Yaara...Manzilein Ruswa Hain, the hit from Ashiqui 2. In a much too familiar tone she said, “Hello LA…buckle-up your seat belts, we have many songs for you.” The connect was instantaneous. She seemed to pick up where she left off just a year ago in her previous performance in SoCal. She effortlessly started singing Bahara Bahara Hua Dil Pehli Baar Vee…
Bowing to music maestro AR Rehman, she spoke most passionately about the music of movies like Roja, Dil Se and Bombay. “When AR Rehman, Yash Chopra and Gulzar come together,” she said, “pure magic is created.” She gave a proof of the “magic” as she sang, Saans me Teri Saans Mili Toh from the hit Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The song, the music, and the Shahrukh-Katrina image created the romantic mood that Shreya was attempting to create.
“Love is all over,” said Shreya, “lots of love songs and lots of love.” Clad in a bit uncomfortable black and gold lehenga, she continued in the quest to romanticize the evening with the hit, Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki, Na Tere Bina Lagda Jee from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
Shreya Goshal started singing at the age of four. Her public recognition began in 1999 when she was 13 and won the popular SaReGaMa competition on Zee TV. Since then Shreya has won many awards and sung many film, regional and religious songs.
Indian film music has been dominated for many years by the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar. There has been much speculation about who would be a worthy successor to the great singer. Now music circles in India as well as critics agree that Shreya Goshal is that person.
For two hours Shreya sang and effortlessly moved from one song to another. She instigated the crowd to scream, shout and whistle. They did, a bit, and then settled to calm again. She got the crowd up with Itti Si Khushi and Yeh Ishq from Barfi and Jab We Met right before she stopped for a break.
In her own words she says, “We embark on this journey called life to learn and grow to become the individuals that we are today. Along the way we meet people who change our lives completely. They believe in us, they see what no one else can, they help nurture our talents, they help us grow as human beings, they teach us how to believe and trust in ourselves during trying times and they give us the confidence to strive for excellence. They sculpt our lives with love, care and protection. Their resilience becomes our strength as we fulfill our destiny.”
A simple and simply an awesome singer, for showbiz she must succumb to the glitz and glamour of the stage. In spite of the discomfort of her garb, her voice soared to the end of eternity. Shreya is pure talent. With or without the props of glam her voice would be as purely melodious as it is!
Shreya has been fortunate to be mentored and guided by some of the music industry’s most established music directors, iconic classical singers and acknowledged playback artists. Under their vigilant guidance and support she took her first steps as a playback singer for the Indian film industry. They have continuously supported and blessed giving her the confidence to reach for excellence.
“Inspiration brings out the best in us. Legendary singers and their invaluable work have inspired and motivated me from childhood. Their silent presence and their extraordinary lives have touched my soul and influence my singing and my life,” she said as she continued into the second half of the show with a tribute to yesteryears. The crowds hummed along to songs from Chaodwi Ka Chand Ho to Kabhi Kabhi to Dum Maro Dum. The crowds almost gave away their age as they clearly enjoyed this segment immensely!
Shreya is said to enjoy the appreciation, love and encouragement of her fans. Their support, she has said, is what keeps her motivated to try out different styles of singing and various genres of music. To showcase her contrasting and varied talents, Shreya said, “Let’s go full-on!” and went on to sing Zubi Dubi from 3 Idiots. It was 9:30 and the audience of all ages was surely in the full-swing of the Shreya-sprit. They danced to Radha Teri Chunari and Oh La La. The tempo was up!
As the show was drawing to an end, Shreya pulled the trump card. The first notes tune had the crowds wild and then she sang, her absolute all time hit, Teri Meri Meri Teri Prem Kahani from the movie Bodyguard.
Another memorable evening came to a close; another step closer is Shreya to the top. She continues to sing her way into the hearts of fans of all ages and all genres of music. The versatility from the slow love songs, to pop music, from ghazals to regional songs has made her a favorite of many.
Her shows are invariably sold-out ones and this one was no exception. She gets more comfortable and more at-ease each passing year. She will one day walk on to the stage in complete ease will only her voice and no frills, bells or whistles.
The organizers, ALAPIO is a physician group of Indian and South Asian origin residing in Los Angeles and surrounding areas of Southern California. They believe they have benefitted tremendously from the society in which they live and have a desire to give back to their fellow citizens. With their motto being health and well-being for all, the concert was the first fundraising event held by the new association.