Sonu Nigam Concert Raleigh June 1, 2012

One of the most expressive and emotive singers in all of music performed on June 1, 2012 in Raleigh, NC. Sonu Nigam floated his voice over the stage. And there was no turning back. He sang mostly newer songs and didn't do many covers of classics. But the audience didn't seem to mind. And his band was tight and knew their way around the songs.

One complaint. The introduction for Sonu Nigam was a long video. A looong video. The self-promotion was a bit much, especially because all in attendance already knew and loved Sonu Nigam. They didn't really need what seemed like a 15-minute video extolling Nigam's talents and his musical history, all his awards and projects.

But that's a minor complaint because as soon as he started singing, that voice, that voice that can swing between several octaves, all complaints disappeared.

Along with the songs, Nigam presented a hilarious segment where he sang about everyday vegetables – aloo, gobi – in different singers' voices and styles.

Of course at the end of the show as people were walking to their cars, a few did complain. They complained that he didn't do many older songs. He didn't sing their favorite song. When you have someone like Sonu Nigam, a performer with dozens if not hundreds of hits, it is simply not possible to sing all the songs. It is not possible to please everyone.

The concert was presented by NCIAP Medical Care, and organized by Arvind Mahajan of Livespectrum Entertainment for raising funds for the non-profit NCIAP clinic for helping uninsured people at very low fee. This clinic is at 5720 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh NC 27612 and is open Mon – Fri from 9 – 5 pm. For details visit www.nciap.org. NCIAP medical care was able to raise more than $50,000 for clinic.

Also, a part of the program leading up to the concert a “Taal Pe Taa"l - A NC State-wide Singing Competition was organized by Livespectrum Entertainment supported by NCIAP Medical Care Clinic to promote and find the best singing talent in NC. It was judged by renowned professionals in the music field: Kenz Desai, Kirit Shukla, Swati Kanitkar, Madhumita Saha, and Poonam Sirohi.

Winners were declared by Sonu Nigam. They were awarded on June 1st at concert and the winner sang at the concert as well. First place winner was Manjit Singh, Second was Sampada Agarwal and third was Jaisal Amin.

The first round of the competition was held on May 6 at Griffith Auditorium in Duke University. There were 75 participants who registered for the first round. The second round was held at Stewart Theater in NC State University on May 20. There was an audience of more than 700 people in both rounds combined.