He came, sang and conquered the hearts. Singer Mohit Chauhan set the stage on fire on Thursday evening at the ongoing Qutub Festival when he crooned soulful numbers from his repertoire – numbers that have successively taken his career notches higher than before.Chauhan, who first shot to fame as the lead vocalist of the erstwhile band, Silk Route, strung together a beautiful evening of songs interspersed with anecdotes from his journey from the verdant mountains of Himachal Pradesh to the maximum city of Mumbai.”It has been a long journey and only I know how I have managed it,” he said before dedicating the first song of the evening to his home state.”This folk song from Devbhumi (referring to Himachal Pradesh) – Oh Lal Chidiye Ne -is close to my heart,” he said. Soon, more well-recognised numbers followed – Kissa Tera, Teri Dastan (Kismat Konnection ), Yeh Dooriyan (Love Aaj Kal ).The singer with a glossy voice, who lived in Delhi for a few years before shifting to Mumbai, recalled an amusing anecdote from his student days.”I was a science student and used to study rocks. When I joined the master’s programme, I didn’t study for six months because I was busy admiring the mountains and composing this song,” he said and hummed few notes of his popular number – Dooba Dooba from the Silk Route’s debut album, Boondein ( 1998).The song got the audience humming and grooving along. Post this number, Chauhan continued with the story of his life’s journey.advertisement”When I was a student, I used to sit on the last bench of the class to be able to admire the mountains,” he said. And then came the songs that the audience was most eagerly waiting for – Masakali (Dilli 6) and Pee Loon (Once Upon A Time in Mumbai) . Chauhan seemed to be in a mood to play with the audience.He said, ” There is a film called Jab We Met that has a song called Masakali ,” and added, “I’ll sing it only on one condition – you’ll have to sing along.” The crowd was more than willing; they happily sang along and jived to the lilting number from Dilli 6 . He had to cut short his story and the soiree due to time constraints but the singer promised to return soon.- The bands Indian Ocean and Euphoria get on stage for the Qutub Festival tonight.