April 16 2014
First UK concert for Pritam…
BOLLYWOOD music sensation Pritam Chakraborty wowed a large crowd at Wembley Arena on Sunday.
The musician (pictured above centre) and composer is responsible for a string of Bollywood hits and has won a clutch of awards for his music which has featured in such films as “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, “Barfi” and “Cocktail”.
He was joined for Sunday’s concerts by seven other top line singers from India.
Among them were well-known names, Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Harshdeep Kaur, Sreerama Chandra, Soham Chakraborty, and Nikhil George.
Television channel Zee organised the musical extravaganza.
“The event kick-started with ZEE’s very own Sa Re Ga Ma Pa winner, Jasraj Joshi and his rendition of “Vande Mataram” which left the crowd feeling nostalgic and was the perfect beginning to the Bollywood night.
“Pritam’s grand entry onto the stage was with his popular chartbuster ‘Mere Bina’, which made Wembley Arena reverberate with people’s cheers,” said a Zee spokesperson.
There were then performances from the others with renditions of such popular songs as “Badtameez Dil”, “Dhoom Machale”, “In Dino”, “Jugni”, and “Aashiyan”.
On the festival of Vaisakhi, Harshdeep sang “Ek Onkar” and wished everyone a happy new year. It was followed by a dhol section with Harshdeep singing popular Punjabi and Sufi songs.
Aditi reprised numbers from the “Dhoom” movie series and there was also was a special unplugged session by Pritam where Soham and Sreerama sang soothing and romantic numbers, “Subhanallah” and “Tu Jaane Na”.
Benny Dayal’s high energy tunes “Ilahi” and “Badtameez Dil” got the crowd on their feet again.
Neeraj Dhingra, Zee Network Europe CEO, said: “We are extremely pleased with the response to the concert.
“The performances by Pritam and the singers converted the near full house in Wembley into a large dance floor.
“Never has there been a concert with so many people dancing and swaying to the popular tunes.
“Keeping with the premium image of ZEE, we ensured that the production quality (stage and sound) was second to none and surpassed most mainstream concerts held in the UK.
“A special thanks to Bank of Baroda and other sponsors who helped make this event a memorable affair.
“This gives us the confidence to arrange several more concerts in the time to come and bring acclaimed artists to London and rest of UK and Europe.”