CHENNAI: There could be nothing greater than listening to the Sanam band perform on a Saturday evening – this is what we concluded after stepping out of The Museum Theatre, where the Mumbai-based pop band’s concert titled ‘Monsoon Music Mania’, organised by Amaranta Entertainment, was held. There weren’t many takers for the concert and those who were present were all set to let their hair loose and dance along.
Even before Sanam Puri, the lead singer from the band, delivered the first song, we heard girls yelling, ‘Sanam (read band), we love you!’ Now, we don’t know if these words actually boosted the spirits of the members of the band, comprising Samar Puri (lead guitar), Venky S (bass guitar), and Keshav Dhanraj (drums), apart from Sanam on the lead vocals. And, when they went on to sing the first song Ud Jaoonga from one of their albums, they ensured that it was rendered meticulously.
There was also an element of surprise when singer Sanah Moidutty made an appearance and rendered a duet with Sanam, who turned out to be the man of the day for many who were present at the venue. We saw audiences from all age groups going gaga over him.
While some sang along, we also saw a few whistling loudly and cheering Sanam. When the vocalist delivered a high note from a particular song, whistles and applause ensued.
The audience seemed to enjoy almost all the songs. Teri Deewani, which was sung with many improvisations, left us with goosebumps. There was a moment that made almost everyone from the crowd yell at the top of their voice.
Before rendering the song Hawa Hawa (for the first time in Chennai), Sanam responded to a loud applause from the audience, “Honestly, we’re loving you!” So, when Sanam asked the audience to participate with more vigour and shake their legs to the songs being rendered, almost half the crowd got up from their seats, went near the stage and started dancing!
Wait….. Bouncers had a tough time negotiating with them. After rendering a few Bollywood numbers like Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Dil da maamla (Hey Baby), Gal mithi mithi bol (Aisha), and Dilli waali girlfriend (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), the band went on to deliver Teri aankhon se from their first album ever, which made the audience asking ‘Once more, please?’