AR Rahman – just brilliant !

Pics Courtesy Rajesh Photography

By Neeru Saluja

Music maestro AR Rahman has always believed music is a common language understood throughout the world. And he proved it.Despite language barriers, various communities across the world came to see him perform live in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, at concerts organised by Polux media.

Sydney music lovers got lucky for the third time as the concert was a celebration of Rahman’s 25 year journey in the music industry. As the magnificent stage was set to welcome the maestro, the legend entered on a musical trance of his popular songs, singing ”˜Nadaan Parindey’ from Rockstar.

AR Rahman’s show started with the popular track ”˜Dil hai chotta sa’ from Roja sung in both Hindi and Tamil language. Joining him on stage were the talented singers Jonita Gandhi, Neeti Mohan, Benny Dayal and Haricharan. Other numbers included ”˜Dil se re (Dil Se)’, ”˜Tu hi re’ (Bombay), Saathiya (Saathiya) and Jiya jale (Dil Se). All the singers stood out with their enchanting renditions of Rahman’s beautifully composed songs, leaving the audience spellbound.

With no intermission, the concert was a non-stop provider of music for the soul. The singers sang from their heart and even if the language was from the opposite side of the Indian continent, a screen displayed all the lyrics. The stage stood out, as the light and background synchronised with the mood and genre of the songs.

As the Oscar winner sang ”˜Enna sona kyu rab ne banaya’, Dum dara mast, Saathiya and many more, the humble singer did not forget to thank all the singers and artists behind the production. Rahman remained on stage throughout the show as at times Benny Dayal, Haricharan, Neeti Mohan and Jonita got the crowd in a frenzy with the ever favourite songs Chandralekha, Maaya Maaya, Muqabla, Urvasi, Aathangara and Nagarum nodigal. A medley of Tamil songs brought in the audience to flash their mobiles, making the arena into a heaven of lights. The audience were seen singing, dancing and swaying to their favourite Rahman songs.

The concert ended with the most awaited and awarded winning song ”˜Jai Ho’. As the stage started displaying messages of love, peace, joy and harmony, the one message the musician taught the audience was the message of love. On a goodbye note, Rahman wrote on his Facebook wall, “Our band and I experienced unconditional love, united spirit and a reflective happiness ”“ thank you Sydney”. Thank you Rahman!


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