தாய் மண்ணே வணக்கம்! A.R.Rahman concert

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What an amazing experience! It was both unbelievable and awesome. Today I realised why Rahman is God 🙂 He is so vibrant, energetic, full of love and a perfectionist!

The start was not great. It was raining the whole day making us wonder if we will even attend the concert. But with some relief from the rain in the evening, we went to the concert with great hopes that it will not rain. We stood in slushy mud for an hour before a commotion started by the restless ticket holders and eventually we were allowed to get in. There were not enough chairs. To add to all this woe it started raining, initially lightly and then quite heavily. But I saw how undaunted Rahman fans are. Not one budged. Then Rahman arrived on the stage as to the recital of the poem உடல் மண்ணுக்கு  உயிர் தமிழுக்கு இதை உரக்க சொல்வோம் உலகுக்கு!  and the audience burst into a frenzy and all was well 🙂

He had picked such lovely numbers that made the show a grand success. All songs were in Tamil. He started with the patriotic song from Swadesh. The second number itself was from Kadal, Elay keechaan! All songs from Kadal were sung, every one of them beautifully rendered by the original singers. Mr and Mrs Mani Ratnam were present as also Rajeev Menon and director Shankar. Hariharan and Mano sang a medley of his hit songs. Unfortunately Hariharan made a faux pas. He forgot his Tamil lines for the Roja song and switched to the Hindi words 😦 Through out Rahman was present on the stage either singing or playing a musical instrument which was such a joy to behold. Every instrument that he handled, he handled with ease and poise. His wardrobe was exceptionally good. Who ever designed them did a good job and he did a costume change five times I think.

There was an unplugged session with a new instrument which sounded like the Veena but was like a synthesiser. He played beautifully, though he said he was just learning to play it  and Chitra was awesome with him. There were a host of singers including Karthik, chinmayi , Benny, Neeti Mohan and others. Rahman belted out each song with so much enthusiasm and joy that the whole one lakh audience were just enthralled. The dancers in the background were very good, quality of production to be really applauded. People just sang along with the singers for Mustafa Mustafa , Adiye, Jai Ho and Vande Maataram.

The ads in between were quite annoying and the concert seemed a little short but I felt it was worth the money spent! I haven’t enjoyed this much in any event in recent times 🙂