Aug 19, Colombo: To commemorate the 68th Independence Day of India, the Indian CEO Forum, in collaboration with the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, organized an Independence Day Concert by the famous Indian singer, Shaan (Shantanu Mukherjee) at Stein Studio in Colombo on 17 August 2014.
Y. K. Sinha, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Mrs Girija Sinha and Sanjay Tiwari, President of the Indian CEO Forum welcomed the Chief Guests, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the First Lady to the event.
Other prominent guests included Leader of Opposition, Ranil Wickremasinghe and Prof Maitree Wickremasinghe; Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris and Mrs. Savithri Peiris; Minister of Petroleum Industries, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and his family; TNA leader R. Sampanthan and other Members of Parliament.
Senior officials from the Government of Sri Lanka including Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, and the Foreign Secretary, Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne, were also present on the occasion. Around two thousand invitees enjoyed the concert.
This was Shaan's first performance in Sri Lanka. He expressed his delight at the opportunity to perform in Colombo at the invitation of the High Commission of India, and more so in the presence of the President of Sri Lanka.
Shaan enthralled the audience with his vast repertoire of songs for more than three hours, including his recent hits as well as some evergreen numbers from an era gone by.
Befitting the occasion Shaan sang a few patriotic songs, which were followed by a song each in Sinhala and Tamil. He also sang some popular English songs. His melodious rendition of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymn "Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye" enthralled the audience.
Shaan sang a number of songs on popular demand, and the concert, which invoked an enthusiastic response, went on till well into the night. Shaan confessed that he was completely overwhelmed by the appreciation shown by the audience.