An evening of Bollywood songs

Infectious Energy

An evening of Bollywood songs

If you have heard songs like Yoon Shabnami from Saawariya, Chu Chu from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster and Sunta Ja Sunta Ja Diltara Sunta Ja from Dum, you’ve probably heard the name of the man behind the songs — Parthiv Gohil.

A popular name in the Bollywood circuit, the singer performed at Phoenix MarketCity recently as part of the ‘Alive India In Concert — Season 2’. Under the concert series, different artistes perform in the mall’s courtyard every week with Parthiv’s concert being a part of ‘Gujarat Week’.

Performing with his band members Raj Raninga on the keyboards, Hitesh Prasad on tabla and percussion and members of the local rock band ‘Aurko’, Parthiv gave the crowd exactly what they were looking for — an evening of lively music. From songs like Jai Hanuman from ‘London Dreams’, Sajda and Tere Naina from ‘My Name is Khan’, Iktara from ‘Wake Up Sid’, Kailash Kher’s Teri Deewani to Bollywood Sufi tracks and Coke Studio songs like Jugni, he gave a memorable concert.

A special segment towards the end was a dance medley dhamaal with popular Bollywood songs strung together, which really got the crowd moving. Those who attended the concert not only danced to the beats but also sang along during the chorus of some songs. Nayantara, an audience member, said that the energy was tangible even at a distance. “My friends and I decided to watch the show from the mall because it was too crowded in front. But even though the stage was far and we couldn’t see Parthiv clearly, the energy was infectious. We couldn’t help but move watching everyone dance around us,” she said.

While a section of the crowd had come purely for the concert, many mall-goers were drawn to the music and forgot about their shopping lists. “My wife and I had come grocery shopping but chose to listen to the music instead because of the Bollywood songs. We had a really good time,” said Shashi, an audience member. “We don’t get to watch live music because of our work schedules. But having it in a mall like this during the weekend makes it more enjoyable,” he added.

Parthiv too was happy about the Bangalore visit. “It’s an amazing place. I’ve performed here quite a few times at Chowdaiah and the audience is always receptive. But I’m performing for something like this — where the hardcore Bangalore public is attending — for the first time. It was fun jamming with ‘Aurko’ as they are really good,” said Parthiv.

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