The musical sensation Sonu Nigham did not let the high spirits of a huge crowd get dampened by rain and winds while the Indian singer performed at an open arena recently.
The amphitheater in Asian Town witnessed a huge gathering, mainly expatriates from South Asian countries who thoroughly enjoyed the melodious songs by the celebrated Bollywood playback singer.
It was unfortunate that intermittent rain with chilly winds kept interrupting the concert that was overwhelmingly received by the audience in the beginning. Overall, the weather conditions did not have much of an effect on the show as the enthusiastic audience continued enjoying the music till the end of the show.
The event was organised by Q-Tickets under the aegis of Qatar National Tourism Council as part of Shop Qatar 2020. Besides the musical show, the families and children seemed to enjoy the traditional food offered at multiple outlets set up outside the arena.
“I knew there was going to be rain. We noticed the weather forecast. Despite that fact, I along with my family decided to attend the concert as we are huge fans of Sonu. I grew up listening to his romantic songs in the 1990s. It has been a long time that the singer has successfully been entertaining the music lovers in India,” said Sandeep Chaudhry who was present along with his wife and two kids.
Arthi Himraj, who was excited to listen to Sonu live with her family and friends, was not much bothered about the cold night. “Both rain and Sonu are rare in Doha. We are enjoying both. We are concerned about the kids but the rain is not heavy. Of course, we could have been enjoying more, if there had been no rain.”
Even the 47-year-old Sonu Nigam himself appreciated the spirit and love of the audience for the music. “It is cold out here. Yet, there is this huge crowd. I am humbled to see how much people love Bollywood music.”
The singer started with some of his new songs that have featured in recent Bollywood movies. He also sang his most popular songs. Majority of his songs were sung by the audience along with the singer.
Prior to the concert in a press conference, the singer said that he enjoyed the project which he was part of and recalled that he had been coming to Doha since 1995 and would love to sing in Arabic if he got the right opportunity.
Nigam was awarded ‘Best Playback Male Singer’ in Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, India for his songs, Kurbaan (2010) and Main Agar Kahoon (2009).
Furthermore, he received the Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards as ‘Best Playback Singer’ in 2003 for his all-time famous song, Kal Ho Naa Ho.
In 2012, he reaped another recognition for his song, Abhi Mujhe Mein Kahin (Agneepath). The music maestro was also the ‘Best Singer’ for Dill Mill Gayye Indian Television Academy Awards in 2017. He was honoured as ‘The Lord of the Chords’ by The Times of India and awarded as the Best Playback Singer of National Film Awards for his song Kal Ho Naa Ho once again.
The top 10 famous songs by Nigam are: Kal Ho Naa Ho, Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin, Kismat Se Tum Hum Ko Mile, Ke Ghar Ab Aaoge - Sandese Aate Hain, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Aye Dil Mat Ro, Suraj Hua Maddham, Dard Song, Saathiya, Pehli Pehli Baar Baliye.
Sonu Nigam was born on July 30, 1973 in the city of Faridabad, Haryana. His father was from Agra and his mother was from Garhwal. His sister Teesha Nigam is also a professional singer. Nigam began his singing career at the age of four, when he joined his father Agam Kumar Nigam on stage to sing Mohammed Rafi’s song Kya Hua Tera Wada.
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