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Rock and Soul: Sonu Niigaam Live

It was a musical evening with varied taste of both electrifying dance and soulful music as Sonu Niigaam entertained the Bay Area audience with his hit numbers, writes Urmi Doshi.


Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi
(Above): Sonu Niigaam during a performance at a benefit concert for Sankara Eye Foundation, in San Jose, May 20. [PHOTO: Urmi Doshi | Siliconeer]

Sonu Niigaam along with his father and son, and his troupe, staged an enthralling performance of Bollywood songs to a packed audience at the San Jose State University Event Center, Jun. 23.

Helping Sankara Eye Foundation raise funds for giving the gift of vision to the curable blind, Sonu Niigaam provided the Bay area audience with a memorable evening of Bollywood evergreens and masti songs.

Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi
(Above): Sonu Niigaam during a performance at a benefit concert for Sankara Eye Foundation, in San Jose, May 20. [PHOTO: Urmi Doshi | Siliconeer]

Dressed earlier in white and later in white and red, symbolizing the cane of the blind, Sonu rendered melodious songs of Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar among others.

A tribute was given to legendary ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh and Ustad Mehdi Hasan.

Sonu’s dance on “Tujhe lage na najariya” got the audience all fired up. Young and old were clapping and thumping their feet with Sonu Niigaam during this song.

Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi
(Above): Sonu Niigaam presenting his five-year-old son Nevaan at a benefit concert for Sankara Eye Foundation, in San Jose, May 20. [PHOTO: Urmi Doshi | Siliconeer]

A unique part of the show was that the three generations of Niigaam were performed on the same stage. Sonu sang a song with his father. However the best was saved when his son, five-year-old Nevaan, was introduced to the audience. Holding him in his arms, Sonu presented the little singer who enthralled everyone with the song “Why this Kolaveri Di.”

An estimated 4,200 people came to this event. Sonu Niigaam was presented a plaque for donating to Sankara Eye Hospital in the name of his parents.


Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi
(Above): Sonu Niigaam performs at a benefit concert for Sankara Eye Foundation, in San Jose, May 20. [PHOTO: Urmi Doshi | Siliconeer]

Urmi Doshi lives in Fremont, Calif.

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COVER STORY
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Comments posted under Snigdha Nandipati’s ‘Spelling Bee Winner’ story by some readers at social media sites are demeaning, writes Ann Lauren Sharma.


VERDICT
Insider Trading:
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Rajat Gupta went from ‘have it all’ to ‘had it all’ because of his misdeed, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.


OPINION
The ‘Real’ Independence Day:
An Indian American Perspective

The Fourth of July is American Independence Day. But, the ‘real’ Independence Day for Indian Americans is the Second of July, opines Inder Singh.


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EDITORIAL: Social Media Hullabaloo
EDUCATION: The Quest for IIT
CINEMA: 2012 IIFA Awards
ENVIRONMENT: Preserving Our Parks
BUSINESS: Money Transfer Service
WILDLIFE: Protecting Wild Cats
TRAVEL: People & Adventure Everywhere
AUTO REVIEW: 2012 Nissan Maxima SV
FICTION: The Dot
SPORTS: NCCA Wins Inter League Cricket
RECIPE: Vegetable Pakora
TRIBUTE: Ghazal Maestro Mehdi Hassan
BOLLYWOOD: Review: Teri Meri Kahaani
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
CONCERT: Sonu Niigaam Live
CULTURE: Xpressions Yatra
COMMUNITY: New Balaji Temple in Alviso
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