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A Memorable Evening For Shreya Ghoshal & Her Atlanta Fans
Concert Raises Funds For GAPI Volunteer Clinic At Global Mall

Shreya Ghoshal concert

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Atlanta, GA: Popular Bollywood playback singer Shreya Ghoshal mesmerized an almost filled-to-capacity audience at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta on September 30 with her abundant energy and mellifluous voice; cruising from one chart buster to another, for over three magical hours. Ghosal’s Atlanta concert was part of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Charitable Foundation’s nine-city educational and musical program to raise funds for AAPI, local AAPI chapters and their initiatives. The concert was brought to the US by Shri Balaji Entertainment.

Shreya Ghoshal concert

Over 2500 people attended the sold out Atlanta concert, which raised funds for AAPI’s local chapter, the Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage’s (GAPI) volunteer clinic at the Global Mall and medical clinics run by AAPI in India. The attendance exceeded the expectations of the GAPI organizers, said Dr Sreeni Gangasani, concert chair. “Sales picked up in the last one week. We were expecting about 2000 people,” he said.

Ghoshal was ably supported by her team- singer Prithvi Gandharva, a disciple of Hariharan; host and singer Jeffrey Iqbal, the US born winner of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2008 (USA); and a live band and troupe of dancers from Mumbai.

Jeffrey Iqbal

The big winner of the evening was also the fired up audience that kept the singers charged with its enthusiasm. Ghoshal kept the audience engaged, singing one line, and making the audience sing the next. The audience responded with some high octave cheering and in-sync singing, prompting the singer to exclaim that “Atlanta has amazing energy!” and that, “80% of the audience is in sync; the other 20% will be by the end of the concert.”

Ghoshal began the concert with some of her popular romantic hits, quipping that she has a Ph.D in romantic songs. The talented singer opened with ‘Teri meri prem kahani’ from the movie Bodyguard, then went on to sing progressively seductive numbers like ‘Chalo tumko lekar chale’ and ‘Jaadu hai nasha hai’ from Jism and hits like , ‘Tujhme rab dikhta hai’ from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and ‘Piyu bole piya bole’ from Parineeta.

Shreya Ghoshal concert

Her romantic duets with Prithvi Gandharva included hits like ‘Teri ore hai rabba’ from Singh is King, ‘Tere mast mast do nain’ and ‘Chori kiya re jiya’ from Dabangg.

As the evening progressed, Ghoshal had the audience energized, dancing and clapping for more with foot tapping chart busters like ‘Mashallah’ from Ek Tha Tiger, ‘Zoobi doobi’ from 3 Idiots, and plenty of item songs from the movies Welcome, Rowdy Rathore and the recent hits ‘Ooh-la-la” from Dirty Picture and ‘Chikni chameli’ from Agneepath.

Ghoshal also sang some regional hits like the Telugu song, ‘Hayyaa hayyaare’ from the movie Okkadu, a Malayalam song and the original Bengali version of the melodious Lata Mangeshkar song, ‘Tasveer teri dil mein’, adding that she had to sing a Bengali song, because she was from Bengal.

The young singer paid tribute to Lata Mangeshkar, who recently celebrated her birthday, with the timeless, ‘Lag ja gale ke phir yeh’ from Who Kaun Thi. She concluded the concert with ‘Bairi piya’ from the movie Devdas, her first ever recorded song that won her the Filmfare award and the National Film Award.

“This has been one of the most memorable evenings of my life,” she said, before bowing to a happy audience.

Prithivi Gandharva has a sufi touch and style in his voice but was versatile in a range of songs with Ghoshal, and held his own with ease in all the single songs he sang.

Jeffrey Iqbal was a delight, combining song, dance and stand-up to make the audience fall in love with him during a 10-minute segment. He regaled the audience with ‘Mitwa kahe dhadkane tujhse kya’ from Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna, threw in a high energy bhangra song and dance routine and ended with ‘Parda hai Parda’ from Amar Akbar Antony. His energy was infectious and won him several fans in Atlanta.

Earlier in the evening, Consul General Honorable Ajit Kumar recognized the local team comprising of Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, convener, Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, chair, Prakash Desai, co-chair, Dilip Patel treasurer and Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan, editor of the GAPI silver jubilee program souvenir for the event. AAPI President, Dr Narendra Kumar, treasurer, Dr Ajay Lodha, and editor-in-chief of the AAPI journal, Dr Gautam Samadder also attended the event.

The concert, which was part of GAPI’s silver jubilee celebrations, was preceded Sunday afternoon with an educational CME program that was attended by over 100 people despite the rain. Speakers included Dr. P.K. Natrajan, Dr Samir Kapadia and Dr. Mahindra Shah.

Atlanta’s Bytegraph was responsible for the production of the show, including audio visuals, video, photography and lighting.

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