Padma Shree Hariharan’s 2023 live performance @ Meridian Hall, Toronto was an evening filled with timeless hits to a sold-out crowd. The concert, presented by TO Live, featured Hariharan’s soulful rendition of three genres of music: Bollywood, Colonial Cousins and Electro Sufi. His son Akshay Hariharan, Rohit Jayaram, Chanderi and Lavanya accompanied him on-stage, delivering an impeccable and passionate performance.
The setlist took the audience on a mesmerizing journey back to 1990’s and beyond, featuring well-known film hits, classical music and ghazals. These iconic songs contributed to the sense of nostalgia and excitement in the concert hall.
Hariharan, a distinguished musician, added his own unique touch to the songs, leaving his exceptional signatures along the way. His improvisations and contributions likely made the live renditions even more special and memorable. His deep and romantic voice and carry us away from the daily conundrum of the city life, as we embraced ourselves in the warmth of his voice and his love for music as Hari ji sang ‘ Bahon ki Darmiyan.’
The energy in the performance was palpable, with the artists on stage displaying remarkable stage coverage and presence. They engaged the audience, singing a range of songs from ‘Roja’, ‘Taal’, ‘Yaadein’ etc., creating an electric atmosphere that added to the overall enjoyment of the show.
The band supporting the lead singers was flawless, providing a solid musical foundation. Special mention must be made of the guitars, drums and percussions, highlighting their outstanding contributions to the live experience.
In summary, the concert was a spectacular live musical extravaganza, with all the artistes at the top of their game. The flawless live playing, the outstanding instrumental performances, and the overall excellence of the show left a profound impact. Much kudos to the performers and the band for delivering such a memorable evening of music.
The concert ended on an emotional note with “Uyire Uyire” from “Bombay.” It was an night to remember, and the memories of Hariharan’s performance in Toronto will linger for a long time. Thank you, Hariharan Sir, for an unforgettable evening!