The 15-day festival, which had gone on smoothly, suddenly faced a glitch but the organisers more than made up for it by advancing the performance of Kailash Kher, which was supposed to be the concluding act.
A screaming audience welcomed the singer on stage, who began his performance with a Sufi number called Jogi.
The song immediately took one and all into a trance. “He has performed here around 10 times and I have made it to most of his concerts in the City. Each time, he brings something new and different,” said Naveen, from the audience.
The energy was taken to the next level with Tauba Tauba and Piya Ke Rang.
As the fireworks lit up the sky, Kailash sang crowd favourites like Teri Deewani and Thu Jane Na from the film Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani.
One of the most interesting performances of the evening was a song from his Kailasa album.
About it, Kailash said, “My band comprises people from different backgrounds and cultures. Since we perform in so many different cities, we thought of putting together a song that comprised all these languages so that each person can own a part of the song.”
The song, he said, spoke about a beautiful girl. And in the true Kailasa style, he invited three women on to the stage and danced with them.
Slowly, the crowd started screaming for songs from Jackie and that's when Kailash disappointed the crowd.
“I know Hale Pathre Hale Kabana and Eka Raja Rani are the crowd favourites here but I simply cannot remember the lyrics or pronounce them to perfection. So I will refrain from singing those numbers tonight,” he explained. Many in the crowd were rather dejected by this remark, “I was hoping to listen to atleast one of those numbers tonight but on the whole the concert was good,” said Ravindra, a member of the audience.
This was then followed by two other bands, Laya Taranga and Eka. Friday night too saw some energetic jazz numbers by Ministry of Blues at RMZ Millenia and some alternative rock by Bicycle Days coupled with desi rock by Swarathma at RMZ Infinity.