“Namaskar, salaam and sat-sri-akaal! A dream I had since a long time has finally come true today, and I’m here in Pune. We are going to have fun today with some good songs, some bad and some mistakes,” - A R Rahman
Yes, I have witnessed the history in making.
A show of the world tour...
A show after his Oscar...
A show first time in Pune...
Lots of dimensions were there, and above all for me its a life time experience to see the Indian Mozart performing live.
I don't know from how many days we were planning and discussing for attending this event and after lots of barriers we finanlly made it with all the friends.
When the program started with the track from Slum dog, we forgot all the suffering of standing in the line from 2:00 clock in the after to grab a good place. It was almost 6 hours we sat in the summer heat just waiting for our favorate musician.
The Show and the arrangements were perfectly fine. Especially the lights and the laser show...It was amazing...
People were so excited they were tryin to sing with the A R Rahman...and all that humming of thousands of people added melody to those songs.
It was A R Rahman on Piano
It was A R Rahman on Harmoniam
It was A R Rahman telling Lata Mangeshkar that please forgive me if today I make some mistake, it is very difficult to perform infront of you
It was A R Rahman ......
Squence of the Songs in the Concert:
track from ‘Slumdog Millionaire
Tamil track ‘Machan Machan’
Dil Se (“I do not normally sing this song in shows, but I got too many e-mails asking for this particular song,” - A R Rahman)
Jiya Se Jiya
Raga Dance (dance jugalbandi in martial arts style by two dancers)
Tu Hi Re
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna (These are two of my favourite songs - A R Rahman)
Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara (These are two of my favourite songs - A R Rahman)
Kabhi Kabhi Aditi
Khwaja Mere Khwaja
To Read the full story here is the Article from Times of India:
Pune: There was a buzz in the air. Thousands of Puneites were eagerly waiting for the ‘Mozart of Madras’ and his magical melodies. And, he did not disappoint.
The Balewadi sports complex resounded with the Rahman magic leaving his fans spellbound and asking for more as The Times of India Jai Ho concert unfolded in the balmy Sunday evening.
The venue was crowded well before the show started. And then the wait began, that of the maestro and his posse of musicians.
Moments before Rahman got onto the stage, radio jockeys of Radio Mirchi, RJ Shrikant and RJ Aditi played host and welcomed the crowd. The crowd complied when they were asked to scream ‘Jai Ho’ at the top of their voices but their loudest cheer was reserved for Rahman as he came on to the stage in a lift that came up from the middle of the stage. Clad in a white sherwani, Rahman started off the show with a track from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and followed it up with a Tamil track ‘Machan Machan’.
But it was his talk before the track that left the audience charmed. “Namaskar, salaam and satsriakaal! A dream I had since a long time has finally come true today, and I’m here in Pune. We are going to have fun today with some good songs, some bad and some mistakes,” he said with a laugh.
The next track, one of his latest releases — the title song of ‘Delhi-6’ — had the crowd up on their feet with all singing along with Rahman’s troupe of singers. “The concert began with a prayer for peace which was fitting since Rahman’s music symbolises light, beauty and peace for all those who hear it. His songs cut across languages and countries, only to bring everyone together,” said an excited Jill Sheldekar, a corporate trainer.
Popular singers Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam’s entry on the stage caught everyone by surprise as they immediately launched into the song ‘Roja Janeman’ from ‘Roja’ to the delight of everyone, as the crowd hummed along.
Singer Raja Hassan belted out the popular ‘Masakalli’ from ‘Delhi 6’ and ‘Guzarish’ from ‘Ghajini’ and he was accompanied well by a female singer from Rahman’s troupe.
But while ‘Masakalli’ had the crowd whistling along, it was Rahman’s ‘Dil Se,’ the title track from the film by the same name that had the entire crowd up and jumping on their feet. From his entry in a lift that looked like it was on fire, to his voice that reached a high few could dream of, Rahman did it all and elicited the loudest cheers of the evening. “I do not normally sing this song in shows, but I got too many e-mails asking for this particular song,” he said.
In between songs, Rahman also found time to converse with the audience, as he left the stage with the intention of ‘interviewing’ a few people. “I always get asked ‘Why’ and ‘What,’ etc, so now, I’m going to do the same,” he said, as everyone started jumping up and down to catch his attention. He finally spoke to a couple of people and then dedicated his next song ‘Jiya Se Jiya’ to them.
“We are enjoying every bit of the show. His entry was superb and so is the event. Also, the police is doing a great job,” said Amit Besetty, who was there with his group of friends.
It was not all music, and even the dancers in the troupe put up a splendid show. What was particularly eye-catching was a dance jugalbandi in martial arts style by two dancers. The other songs performed during the pulsating evening included ‘Ringa Ringa’ from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Genda Phool’ from ‘Delhi-6’.
Next up was the foursome of Rahman, Hariharan, Roopkumar Rathod and Rashid Ali as Rahman played the piano with the others singing some beautiful numbers. While Hariharan sang the soulful ‘Tu Hi Re’, Roopkumar Rathod followed with ‘Khamosh Raat’ and Rashid Ali with ‘Kahin Toh’. But, it was the patriotic ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna’ from ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ and ‘Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara’ from ‘Roja’ that stole the heart of the audience. “These are two of my favourite songs,” Rahman told the audience.
“We think he is fantastic and being here is indeed a privilege. He’s ‘God’ and we have no words to express how we feel,” said friends Sujay Kulkarni and Manmohi Dake.
The evening drew to a close with the hits ‘Kabhi Kabhi Aditi’ (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na) ‘Chupke Se’ (Saathiya), ‘Rehna Tu’ (Delhi-6) and ‘Mayya Mayya’ (Guru).
Later, the ‘Nightingale of India’ Lata Mangeshkar went to the stage and congratulated Rahman on his winning the Oscars. Lata, who spoke in Marathi, told the audience “Tyana Marathi samajat nahi (he does not understand Marathi), but Rahman sprang a surprise by saying, “But, I do!”
She also presented him a memento. City mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale presented a shawl to Rahman as city MP Suresh Kalmadi also came on stage.
After that Benny Dayal and Neeti Mohan came on stage to sing ‘Kaise Mujhe’ from ‘Ghajini.’ Then it was again Rahman, along with Raja Hassan who presented two sufi songs ‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and ‘Arziyaan’ from ‘Delhi 6.’
Rahman brought the audience on the feet when he came down the stage and mingled in the audience while singing ‘Hamma Hamma’ from ‘Bombay.’ He egged on the audience to sing along and his fans responded wholeheartedly.
As the show came to an end, Rahman sang ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ as the stage bathed in tri-colour and the sky was lit with fireworks.
“I thank you for all the love. I had a great time and I hope to see you all next time,” said Rahman as he signed off.