Versatile Virasat ends in vibrant note
Moodbidri: The curtains were closed in style and the trademark swag, on the final day of Alva’s Virasat 2017, on January 15th Sunday, at Vanajakshi K Sripathy Bhat stage, Puttige, Vidyagiri.
The event started off with the eagerly awaited felicitation of Reva Shankar Sharma, renowned all over the world for his miniature paintings and his contribution to its dissemination amongst the younger generations with the Alva’s Varna Virasat 2017 Award.
The crowd’s joy knew no bounds when Shan and Payal Dev made an exuberant entry onto the stage. They were traditionally welcomed with flowers, aarti, tilak and fragrant rose water.
Payal Dev, a well-known face in the music industry for eight years, hails from Ranchi, has a versatile modulation and has lent her voice to many new and upcoming Bollywood songs. She enthralled the crowd with a lot of favorites such as Hamari Adhuri Kahani, Mahi Ve, A.R. Rahman’s Hamma Hamma, Chittiyan Kalaiyaan and a rendition of Arijit Singh’s specials- Channa Mereya, Kabira and Bulleya. She also sang Sara Zamana, her own song from an upcoming movie, Kabil.
The crowd pulsating with palpable energy exploded when Shan, with his velvety voice, infectious charm and a cute smile sang the opening lines to Mein Hoon Don. He interacted with the crowd in Tulu and Kannada, capturing the hearts of many. He also sang two popular Kannada songs- Yenu Van Tara and Kudinota. As a tribute to the recently passed artiste, George Michael, he rendered a version of “Faith” and John Legand’s All of Me. As have just welcomed the new year of 2017, we have to make new resolutions; and as Shan rightly said, “Life is a journey about going from Point A to Point B.” To prove the point, he sang Aao Milo Chalo and said, “It is important to keep travelling.” He then went on to sing a remix of Every Breath You Take by the legendary band The Police and his own Mussu Mussu Hasi, to remind the captivated audience to keep smiling. He raised the tempo by his upbeat hits such as Main Aisa Kyun Hoon, Subah Ho Gayi Mamu, a Hindi version of Blue’s One Love and O Hum Dum Suniyo Re. Later on, he sang the most beautiful melody, Chand Sifarish and said, “Alva’s Virasat 2017 is Subhanallah”.
The two ravishing singers sang duet songs and entertained the crowd such as Hey Shona and Do You Know. Payal Dev sang fast-paced dance numbers such as Laila Mein Laila, London Thumakada, High Heels.
Right after, Shan was on a roll as he took the audience on a musical journey, charged with enthusiasm and nostalgia as he sang all of his popular hits such as Dus Bahane, Aal Izz Well, Deewangi and Koi Kahe. He sang a few songs from the time he was a beginner, Tanha Dil, Bhool Ja and songs from Jhankar Beats.
He dedicated, “Behti Hawa Sa Tha Wo” to all friends that make our college life more colourful and meaningful. He sang a song for the entire audience, as there is no performer without the support of an enrapt audience, which was, “Tum Ho Toh Lagta Hain Ki Mein Hoon”- his latest single from 2016.
He ended his concert with the song It’s the time to disco. Amidst cheers and applause, Shan and Payal Dev made an exit by helping the audience achieve musical salvation.
Later in the programme, “Ganarchana’’ by Archana and Samanvi was held. Subsequently, the audience were entertained by Bharathanatya (40 students) stick dance of Manipur and Srilankan folk dance (30 students).