He came, he sang and he left a mermerised audience behind.
Like a true late-starter, the show took a while to warm up on a cold and wet Sunday evening in Auckland, but the weather could not have been more apt for a romantic evening with mushy, ‘young’ singer from the beautiful northern Indian state of Himachal.
The 45-year old singer, who had his first brush with popularity with Dooba Dooba as part of rock group Silk Route, played an amazing set of soft numbers to warm up the audience that was freezing in damp Logan Campbell Centre.
The programme that started about an hour late picked up the momentum fairly quickly, and soon the audience were singing along to Chauhan’s popular tunes including Abhi Kuch Dino Se (Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji), Tum Se Hi (Jab We Met), Tujhe Bhula Diya (Anjana Anjani), Kuch Khas (Fashion), Maskali (Delhi 6), Piloo (Once Upon A Time in Mumbai), and Te Amo (Dum Maro Dum).
The USP of the evening was Chauhan’s amazing band, especially the dextrous flute-player who also played a range of other instruments.
The orchestra was ably led by Chauhan who also played guitar and flute. The venue acoustics did complete justice to the rocking band that would duly suit Chauhan who gained popularity from his rock band – Silk Route.
While local politicians took to the stage during the break-time, audience enjoyed tasty butter chicken and hot samosas.
Even as the audience were getting in the mood of rock music, sprinkled with amazing numbers from Chauhan’s solo album, it was time to call it a night.
While Chauhan was seemingly hoping to sing a few more songs, the time restrictions ensured that the singer and his fans were left high and dry on the wet, windy night in Auckland.
The spell of Chauhan’s soft voice however haunted the music-lovers for the rest of the night.