Review: An enthralling night in Dubai with Arijit Singh

Arijit Singh performed in front of a packed house at the Trade Centre Arena at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday.

Bollywood playback singer Arijit Singh performed in front of a packed house at the Trade Centre Arena at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday - and it was truly a magical night.
The 28-year-old singer hit it big with Tum Hi Ho in 2013 and has gone on to become one of the most-popular playback singers, experimenting with different genres - though his romantic ballads are the most popular.
He started the show with the title track from the film Fitoor, following it up with his chart hits, including Gerua, Muskurane, Laal Ishq, Dua, Mast Magan, Illahi and Suno Na Sangemarmar to name but a few.
It is fair to say that Singh is not the most-dynamic of entertainers. You will not see him leaping about from one corner of the stage to the other, or chatting to the audience - but then, he didn't need to do that to make his shows entertaining.
His mellifluous voice had the audience dancing, with every song ending in cheers. Even though he did not play around with the format of the songs too much, the live performance made them sound even better than they do on the radio.
After returning from a short break, the mood turned a little mellow as he played the piano and performed a few duets.
What was a little odd, though, is that despite his own impressive repertoire of songs, he chose to perform a selection by other artists - Aadat, Woh Lamhe, Rubaru, Tu Hi Re and Pehla Nasha. He also sang a few golden oldies, including Choo Kar Mere Man Ko, Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai and Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujhpar.
While his performance was fantastic, I was looking forward to hearing his own songs - and given that many members of the audience were shouting requests, it seems I was the only one who felt this way. He ended the night on a high note, though, with some of his most-popular hits such as Tum Hi Ho, Sanam Re, Raabta, Khamoshiyan, Soch Na Sake and Samjhawan.
I left the show an even bigger fan than I was beforehand - and am already looking forward to his next concert.
ajhurani@thenational.ae