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India’s Sonu Nigam lights up Centre of Excellence
In a much anticipated performance, Sonu Nigam thrilled the audience at the Centre of Excellence on Saturday night with incredible Bollywood style and showmanship.
Nigam, one of India’s top singers and musicians stayed onstage for almost four hours. And he was ably supported by his 14-member band from Mumbai.
Nigam, supported by his 14-member band, pulled a range of tunes from his vast repertoire, including classics by the late Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar.
In a performance that lasted almost four hours, the 40-year-old showed why he is rated as one of India’s most celebrated and most sensual playback singers.
He was ably supported by another Indian star in Canadian-based Jonita Gandhi, who belted several hits from Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bosle. Gandhi has also acted in several Indian movies, including Chennai Express.
Nigam’s performance was a fitting tribute to the Indian community in T&T which celebrates Indian Arrival Day on May 30. Nigam himself is originally from Haryana State, one the states from which hundreds of East Indian immigrants came between 1845 and 1917.
Nigam showed his fans that he wants to take Indian song and music to another level as this was obvious in his presentations of Suruj Hua Maddam, Main Hoon Na, Kabhi Alvida, Na Kehna and Abhi Mijh Mein among several others.
One of the special elements of his performance was a tribute to this country’s chutney soca music, which he claims has, “caught my imagination...it is different and it is rhythmical. It’s just a great form of entertainment.”
To the delight of the audience, he gave a masterful rendition of Kenneth Supersad’s Trini Ladki.
The show’s promoter Kiran Maharaj, said she was pleased at the outcome of the show.
“It was in response to you the audience that IETV and Radio 90.5FM, opted to bring Sonu here,” she said.
“We are elated that this show has reached the benchmark which we always set and we do this with the audience in mind. We will continue to focus on presentations which will bring comfort and meaning, aimed at reflecting on the great ethos and philosophy of the East Indian heritage.”
Also performing were the Shiv Shakti Dance Group and the Generation 3 of the Dil-E-Nadan Ramnarine clan.
Several government ministers were seen enjoying the show with their wives, including Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Legal Affairs minister Prakash Ramadhar and Minister of Water Resources and the Environment Ganga Singh. Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday and former AG Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj also attended the show.
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