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Shaan strikes a chord with one and all
- Bokaro Steel hosts cultural gala as part of golden jubilee celebrations

He came, he crooned and he conquered.

Bollywood playback singer Shaan made Bokaro residents sway to his tunes, as he offered a scintillating performance to a packed crowd in the steel town on Wednesday evening.

Organised by Bokaro Steel Limited on occasion of its golden jubilee celebration, the musical evening saw 25,000-plus audience, comprising pretty girls clad in trendy outfits and boys dressed in the latest denims, cheering the singer from the moment emcee Sanchali Arora announced his name.

Among the steel plant dignitaries who attended the function at Mohan Kumar Mangalam Stadium were chief executive officer (CEO) Anutosh Maitra and his wife Manjula, executive director Shitangshu Prasad, former managing directors and a host of Russian engineers, who came on the steel major’s invitation.

Shaan surely did not disappoint the crowd. The versatile singer belted out as many as 16 songs, including a few Bhojpuri numbers.

Dressed in red trousers and a black tee that he teamed with a leather jacket, Shaan started with Main hoon Don from the Shah Rukh Khan’s Don and followed it up with the romantic number Jab se tere naina from Sawariya. For the next two hours, Shaan delivered one chartbuster after the other from Fanaa, Jab We Met and Jai Ho. He wooed the local residents with the superhit Bhjopuri song, Lollypop lagelu.

In the steel town for the first time, Shaan showered praises on Bokaro for its beauty and thanked the crowd for being disciplined. The singer said he was mesmerised by the natural beauty of the place and would love to come back again. “It seems Bokaro does not only make good steel, but also has people who are so warm and friendly,” he added.

Earlier, CEO Maitra and his wife Manjula inaugurated the golden jubilee programme. The evening began on a classical note with noted Kathak danseuse Vidha Lal and her troupe performing Shiv Stuti, which was a tribute to Lord Shiva. A few more classical presentations — one addressed to lord Ganesh and the other glorifying nature — followed.

After the performances, new singer June Banerjee regaled the audience with songs like Laila laila and Aashiqui 2 numbers.

The company also felicitated a few former managing directors and Russian engineers who played key roles in establishment of the plant.

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