Shukran allah… the voice echoed across the St. Xavier’s College grounds well before the man himself appeared on stage amidst swirling skirts of gold and silver.
Bengal’s jamai Sonu Nigam was back in the city on January 24 for Beyond Barriers Chapter XIII, presented by the St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni Association in association with The Telegraph. The biggest fund-raising event of the alumni association saw the audience swaying to tracks like Don’t Say Alvida, Kal ho naa ho, Soniyo and many, many more. The most in-demand song? Abhi mujh mein kahin from last year’s Agneepath.
The man with the golden voice gave the audience a glimpse of his funny side too, stopping mid-track, forcing dancers to turn into statues. He also played around with the musical notes in his unique style making it an evening to remember.
Care for the crowd count? Uncountable! No wonder Xaverian Jimmy Tangree had a hard time as the MC, outshouting the roaring voices once they started cheering. Alumni, current students, guests — everyone clapped and sang along with Sonu. While some in the front moved to the side to boogie to his songs, it was the crowd right at the back who went Zoobi doobi all the way.
The alumni association handed over a cheque for Rs 21 lakh to Father Felix Raj, the principal, for the college’s expansion plans.
The SXCCAA handed over Rs 21 lakh to Father Felix Raj (third from left), the principal of St. Xavier’s College. “The proceeds of this programme will go towards the college’s expansion projects on the EM Bypass and in Rajarhat,” smiled Felix Raj. “Team Beyond Barriers has always said no to just ‘the good’ and yes to ‘the best’. This evening is an example of that ‘yes’,” said SXCCAA secretary Firdausal Hasan (third from right).
“Amar jamai, amar toh bhalo lagchhei. Asha kori shobar bhalo lagchhe (He is my son-in-law, so of course I am loving it. I hope the crowd loves it too),” said Gopa Misra, Sonu’s mother-in-law, seen with husband Bijoy.
Xaverian Sukanya Ghosh had the crowd grooving to Chikni Chameli, Dhunki, Tumhi ho bandhu, setting the stage for Sonu’s entry.
“Will you be able to get us a photograph with him? Maybe an autograph?” Class VII student Pranjal Mathur (extreme right) tried to strike a bargain with t2 to get up close with her favourite singer, with friends Moubani Roy Choudhury (second from right) and Soumya Mathur (extreme left). The girl gang cheered for Sonu Dil se (re).
Text: Sreyoshi Dey
Pictures: Bhubaneswarananda Halder