Sydney on a high with Pritam concert

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By Manju Mittal

It was indeed a treat for the music connoisseurs when Pritam performed live in Sydney Whitlam Leisure Centre Liverpool on March 12, 2016. It was simply an unforgettble night ever. The hall was packed and it was indeed a successful sold out show despite the hot muggy weather.

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Pritam wins over Sydney fans as they clamber for a handshake (pictures courtesy Rajesh Photography)


Pritam Chakraborty is in high demand at the moment in Bollywood with his ”˜Gerua’ from film ”˜Dilwale’ that became an instant hit even before its release. Pritam has composed music for more than a hundred Bollywood movies by now, someone who dabbles in many genres and has become one of the most versatile music composers of India.

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On the night, charming Farah Ebe welcomed the audience inviting Pritam on stage. Pritam was joined by five leading singers including Benny Dayal who had recently performed in Sydney in February. Perhaps he had not even left as Sydneysiders still remembered his powerful performance. Also came the Matlabi girl Aditi Singh Sharma , a well known Indian playback singer, along with Sreerama Chandra, a professional singer and 2010 Indian Idol winner, Antra Mitra, playback singer of ”˜Gerua’ and Nakaash Aziz popularly known for songs like ”˜Sari ke fall sa’ and ”˜Gandi baat’. They all gave Sydney a mind blowing performance all five singers excelling one above the other.

And there was no better way as they pelted hit numbers from movies “Barfi’ and ”˜Dhoom’ and sang ”˜Pee lu tere’, ”˜Tu hi meri shab hai’, Be intehaan’, ”˜Raabta’, ”˜Selfie le le re’, ”˜Badtameez dil’ and many more. With each song Pritam played the guitar skillfully while he orchestrated the band and managed to engage the highly charged audience. He egged audience to sing along with him on ”˜Kabira’ from the movie ”˜Yeh jawani hai Deewani’. The magic of Pritam’s musical brilliance kept not only the audience but also the flute player and tabla masters engaged as well.

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Pritam kicked off the next section of his show presenting a medley by all the five singers. It got the audience going when singers encouraged them to sing with them and scream as loud as they could. The crowd obliged as if it was being conducted by the maestro’s magic wand. Pritam also made local Bengalis happy by singing few Bangla songs.

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”˜Gerua’ made the audience light up a thousands cell phones clicking as they tried to capture the moment. Spectacular finale performance included Gandi baat, Lat lag gayi and ended with Holi songs ”˜Balam pichkari’ and ”˜Rang Barse’. Performers throwing gulal as people crowded next to the stage with them taking selfies with Pritam and other singers in the background, all in the hall going totally berserk as they begged for more.

Another highlight of the show was our local talented singers Shweta Sharma, Aditi and Saiyed entertained us with beautiful renditions. Road2 Bollywood dancers Upsana Solanki and Stephanie Visvanandan gave fantastic dance performance. The concert was conducted gracefully by well known emcee gorgeous Divya Dhingra and Sur Sangam Radio host Nitin Madan.

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It was the most memorable performance ever brought to Sydney by Poth production with major sponsor as Maharaja Haveli. The  team of Maxine Salma, Neil Chand, Yogesh Sharma and Bipin Kalra worked hard to bring an icon like Pritam da.

One can say that it was one of the best performance ever that Sydney witnessed.

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