BY NAMITA DOGRA SUDAN
Cover photo: Niraj Sharma
Atlanta, GA, October 22, 2023: The Gas South Arena experienced an unforgettable musical extravaganza on Sunday, October 8, as the National Award winner and renowned Bollywood singing sensation, Shreya Ghoshal, took center stage in her much-awaited “All Hearts Tour.” The auditorium was brimming with enthusiastic fans, creating an electric atmosphere as the show commenced at 7 pm. With tickets sold out well in advance, the event showcased the singer’s unparalleled ability to captivate and charm audiences with her mesmerizing voice and charismatic stage presence.
The fervor and anticipation among the attendees were evident, with a jam-packed auditorium resonating with excitement and eagerness to witness the iconic performer in action. As the evening progressed, the energy in the venue reached an all-time high, with attendees caught in the moment, taking snapshots with one another, and forming lines to capture moments with Ghoshal’s larger-than-life poster. The concert transformed into a celebration, with vendors offering an array of merchandise, from exquisite jewelry to trendy bags, adding to the festival-like ambiance of the venue.The All Hearts Tour was organized, promoted and produced by Paracha Entertainment and Axent concerts. The Atlanta concert was to benefit the Carmel Institute for learning and Culture based in Stone Mountain. Intense Entertainment was the National Promoter of the show. Fusion Games, led by Bhavna Anand, was also among the prominent sponsors.
In a remarkable turn of events, on Tuesday, October 17, the singer added another accolade to her already illustrious career. Shreya Ghoshal was awarded the prestigious Best Female Playback Singer title at the 69th National Film Awards for her enchanting rendition of the song ‘Mayava Chayava’ from the Tamil blockbuster ‘Iravin Nizhal’. The award was conferred upon her by the esteemed India’s President Droupadi Murmu at a grand ceremony held at the iconic Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Shreya Ghoshal’s musical journey has been one marked by numerous milestones, beginning with her first National Award in 2003 for the timeless track ‘Bairy Piya’ from the iconic movie ‘Devdas’. Subsequently, she continued to solidify her musical legacy, securing additional National Awards for her exceptional contributions in ‘Dheere Jalna’ (Paheli) and ‘Yeh Ishq Haaye’ (Jab We Met).
During the concert, the audience was actively engaged, singing along with Shreya to her popular hits, including the soulful renditions of ‘Param Sundari,’ ‘Ye Ishq Haaye,’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiya.’ Shreya Ghoshal’s charismatic presence, combined with her wit and energy, left the audience enthralled and entertained throughout the event. She concluded the mesmerizing evening by introducing her talented crew members, the orchestra, and her extremely talented co-singer Kinjal Chatterjee, fostering a sense of camaraderie and appreciation among all those present.
The “All Hearts Tour,” featured an engaging blend of classic Bollywood hits, enchanting love ballads, regional compositions in diverse Indian languages, traditional folk melodies representing India’s rich cultural tapestry, raag-based renditions, and soulful classical compositions. Shreya’s seamless transitions between old Hindi classics and her iconic songs left the audience thoroughly satisfied, ensuring that the event would be remembered for years to come.