The first time I attended a Sonu Nigam concert, I was amazed. My second time attending the concert? I was completely mind-blown. At the beginning I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad I didn’t because my expectations would have totally off mark. To even think that the two concerts -last year’s Klose to my Heart and this year’s Klose to my Soul show would be even similar to one another was a complete mistake.
On Jun 7th, 2014, Palace Concerts promised to deliver an “unforgettable show” and they exceeded it by miles. On Saturday night at the lovely venue of Chene Park Amphitheater, the legendary Bollywood Singer, supported by his troupe of musicians and dancers brought music to life and took us on an unforgettable journey of melodic euphoria and bliss.
The tickets stated that the show would start at 8pm, and sharp at that time, a large group of orchestral men clad in white jackets who had been silently creeping on to the stage and settling themselves on their seats, blasted through the chatter in the crowd with upbeat music.
The host for the night Shruti Menon, whose personality we adored as much as her outfit. She was donning gold accessories to match with her beautiful cobalt blue sari. She wasted no time as she immediately took the stage, charming us with her smile as she introduced Jonita Gandhi.
The Canadian singer’s outfit spoke of elegance, and matched her voice. As much as we were enjoying the show, we were getting anxious for the star to get on stage. A young girl was dancing around a white sheet, held by some dancers, shortly and as she exited, we saw a lean figure entering the stage, and we knew what was coming. The white sheet dropped and a thundering roar of applause of heard. Sonu Nigam was finally on stage.
The star smiled in disbelief, as he paused to sink in the atmosphere and the audience. He was dressed in black trousers and a black jacket performed alongside his talented dancers with a few classic songs.
Why was the show called Klose To My Soul? The singing sensation paused his orchestra for an explanation, bringing the audience to tears with an emotional explanation about his mother, his soul, who had passed away last year. Involving the audience with his moving tribute to her, he sang. But he sprang right back up as the audience called out his name in support, not being able to see him in such a state.
The versatile artist continued to mesmerize the audience as he belted out his array of hit songs and with an electrifying performance and stage presence, the show exemplified in foot-tapping blockbuster numbers. The packed audience went into total euphoria when he burst into Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin from Agneepath.
Fans were especially enthralled and surprised when the star performer, inspired by the dance crew, decided to loosen up and break out his fabulous moves. Indeed proving that he wasn’t just a singer with a mellifluous voice. He wasn’t just a flexible dancer. Sonu Nigam was indeed a full-fledged, entertaining performer.
The energy level was extremely amped at the last stretch of the show by Sonu and his rocking troupe, with all-time hits and sending the crowd into a whipping frenzy of ecstasy. He wrapped up the evening on soulful song Kal Ho Na Ho. The audience- including me- was simply stunned. He definitely had lived up to his title of an ‘iconic legend’!
The concert came to an end, and the audience was yearning for more. Sonu Nigam had left an indelible mark on the audience, and they were heading home with ears ringing and hearts pumping wildly after what was musically, the biggest and the most successful Bollywood night in Detroit.