New Delhi: Musician Ehsaan Noorani of the hugely successful trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy says Delhi crowds are among the best audiences to perform for as they are emotional as well as enthusiastic.
The trio's concert at the Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi on Monday had to be stopped over a ‘student injury’ and Ehsan said that it was "really unfortunate as the concert was truly cooking".
"We were really saddened by the decision to stop the show but security and safety comes first. We do hope we can make it up to the students some time soon," Ehsan told IANS.
Does he think that there is relatively less control over the crowd in Delhi/NCR?
"Well, the Delhi crowd is emotional and effervescent, and they are one of the best audiences to perform for. I guess one has to keep that in mind and make sure that the security and planning can keep them in check in a smooth and gentle way," he said.
But the trio loves to perform everywhere.
The trio, who have composed music for films like "Dil Dhadakne Do" and "Rock On!!", have performed all over the world and "almost everywhere we get a huge and positive reaction from our fans".
"There are some places where the audiences are more formal but Shankar sees to it that they are on their feet within minutes! We love performing for our audiences all over," Ehsan said.
Ehsan is currently seen on the judging panel of "The Stage", a music reality show for English singing talent in India. He says the response has been good.
"The response has been gorgeous with all kinds of lovely comments like 'the freshest show we have seen', 'a breath of fresh air', 'never knew there was this kind of talent in India'. It is so encouraging to see this and immense happiness that the English singing talent has finally got a platform to show their art."
"While many perceive it to be a niche show as it's English, they don't realise that this 'niche' listening to international music is a big number in India now," he said.
Is he planning to work with any of the contestants of the show in future?
"A couple of singers have already recorded with us (the trio). A couple of them have performed with me at a blues concert in Bengaluru," Ehsan disclosed.
"I am focussing in the indie space and looking forward to producing and songwriting with some emerging talents from India and they can be from 'The Stage' too," he added.