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Sunday, September 25, 2005

An Electrifying Evening....

[The longest post of mine, so far. I am glad that I am making it for a subject of my interest as well as of most of your interest. Hope you will enjoy as if you were in the show. Sorry for the delay.. I hope I have done my best to prove your wait a worthy one.. :-) :-)]

[As promised I am posting within the stipulated 24 hours... Feel free to double click the picture to have a better feel of the event]

The evening we were awaiting for a long time had finally arrived... on 24th Sep, Saturday. Eventhough, we had attended a couple of shows in the last one year (of Vidyasagar and Bharadwaj), we knew AR.Rahman is the man who could make the difference. And yes it was...

The sponsorship of Mediacorp TV is prestigious one which normally goes to some big international pop stars - for the hype and infrastructure provided by them. Everything was provided for ARR's show as well. Their presence was felt throughout, with the lightings and the stage settings in a fantastic way.

Since, we were prompted from the beginning of the day (in the local radio FM 96.8) that the show will start exactly by 6:30 PM, we reached our seats exactly by time. However, due to some reason or the other, it got delayed and finally two local TV presenters Dharshana & Ilamaran appeared. They could have stopped their presentation in few minutes.. But they didn't.

Since it was officially sponsored by Mediacorp TV, Ilamaran started introducing 12 finalists of the local TV show 'Vasantham Star'. Right or wrong, the crowd got irritated since they didn't want to wait further to see ARR. The self-introduction of those finalists which started with 2 minutes per person, ended up with introduction of the last 4 person in 2 seconds.. Ilamaran was under so much pressure to wrap it up quickly, eventhough he did it very nicely.

Then we got to see that grand entry... of the genius in front of the crowd of 9000 people over there. Such a humble, smiling face.. started singing with a bang announcing the arrival. The first one was from 'Yuva' ('Fanaa' if I am not wrong) and immediately the environment got electrifying. The way it was sung and delivered by that Chubby face was amazing.

When Sadhana Sargam appeared next and started the intial humming for 'Telephone Mani..' of 'Indian' ('Hindustani'), people started looking for the male counterpart.. There, he entered from the front entrance of the hall. Hariharan, with the security guards around him and throwing some beach balls among the audiences (like our politicians do), by showing off his dancing abilities. They started mixing the tamil version and hindi version to satisfy the music lovers of both the songs.

Now the treat for the youth.. Entered Karthik with one of the electrifying song 'Oh Humdum Suniyo Re..' (Saathiya) - the hindi version of 'Engengum Punnagai..' (Alai Payuthe). Everytime he appears in Singapore, the crowd is getting more crazier about him. Till the start of the day, we were not sure if he is going to come or not, since we didn't listen to the local Radio. We were so glad that he was there at last.

Next, the entry of a person unknown to me.. he was Kailash Kher. Since I used to always listen the tamil versions of ARR I had not noticed the Hindi singers. K.Kher made it notably different with his 'Mangal..' song from 'The Rising'. His dresses were also of unique combination thru out the show. With a embroidered dhoti and different colors of tops. The high pitch of his voice was too good while delivering certain songs.

Another unknown song.. entered Udit Narayan and Madhushree with 'Hum hain is pal yahan' from 'Kisna'. Since I had not listened to it earlier, it didn't strike me that much. I should have listened to it couple of times earlier, to realise the strengths of this song.

Eventhough I missed SP.B's presence (for 'Kathal Rojave...' of 'Roja'), Hariharan filled the vaccum beautifully by mixing the tamil version and the hindi 'Roja Jaane Maan...' in a romantic way. Another beautiful melody followed it - 'Chupke se...' from 'Saathiya' by Sadhana Sargam. It was beautifully blended with the tamil version 'Snehidhiyee..' (Alai Payuthae') in between.

We got the variety again, from the Bosnian singer Ms.Alma with an English number from 'Warriors of Heaven and Earth', the chinese movie for which ARR had composed the music. The movie's war sequences started popping up in the background screen, showing off the big production value of that movie.Karthik followed it with 'Enakoru Girlfriend vendumada...' from 'Boys'. As usual I was able to see the crowd dancing with him.

The missing piece was found then. The show was complete with 'Chinnakuyil' entering the stage.. yes, Chitra entered with her 'Kannaalane...' (Bombay) mixed with some parts of the hindi version 'Kehna Hi Kya..'. Whatever be the language, her soothing voice took us to some level. Great one.. indeed.

Once again the romantic pair entered asking for a favour from the moon.. Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam, calling 'Vennilave.. Vennilave..'(Minsara Kanavu) blended with 'Chanda re..'(Sapne). And two young dancers started appearing behind ARR with nicely choreographed movements. The dance aptly suited the mood of the song.

'Kabhi Neem Neem...' (Yuva) was the next one from Madhushreee. As was the trend of the evening, she mixed it with 'Sandaikozhi kozhi..' (Ayutha Ezuthu) and delivered it beautifully, with some dance movements too.. Hariharan followed suit with another meoldy from 'Alai Payuthae' which was duly supported by lightings and the illuminated screen behind. And the song was 'Pachchai nirame.. Pachchai nirame..'

Another excellent number followed in 'Taal se Taal..' sung by Madhushree and Udit Narayan. She replaced Alka Yagnik (the original singer) beautifully with her voice. There was also a dancer delivering some classical dance movements aptly for the song, behind ARR and after somtime on the main stage itself.

At that time we got what we wanted.. ARR prepraed himself to join Blazee, who started coming from the main entrance of the hall. And it was the electrifying number of the show 'Humma Humma..' of 'Bombay' (hindi version), sung by both of them. There was no limit for the crowd's joy.

A lot of audience started dancing, waving the hands and the song ended with a style different to ARR. He stepped down the stage and started walking on the path in front of the stage till the middle of the hall. Fully guarded with securities... eventhough he was still humming 'Humma humma...'. My wife who was just standing nearer to him, when he passed us, exclaimed that he was looking too young and so chubby. I didn't mind... afterall he is the genius who deserves it.

And then came the much awaited break - which was completely given to the acclaimed percussionist Sivamani. Oh... the way he played with his drums and instruments was so excellent that his other western counterparts (Mr.Levon with Guitar and Mr.Attila with Keyboard) were mesmerised completely along with the audience.

A Surprise visitor was also there.. he was Abdul Hameed (of the yester year 'Lalitha'vin 'pattukku pattu') even though the purpose was to greet ARR with a memonto, shawl and a garland by the local sponsors GMT Jewellers. The Genius accepted all these things in a humble way and immediately brushed them aside.

Now I am giving you some break, since we have crossed only half...

Let me change the gear now..

ARR and Blazee restarted the session after the break with their number, composed specifically for UN's efforts for the poverty struck world. The audience were so mesmerised that I observed so many colorful butterflies flying everywhere.. I mean the audience waving their hands with their lighted up mobile phones.. everywhere those lightening butterflies were flying.

When ARR started singing 'Dil Se Re..' I started noticing his sister Rehena in the Chorus. she aptly supported him with her voice in that song. This number was followed by another English number from the Bosnian Ms.Alma which was blended with 'Ishq Bena Kya..'(Taal) by ARR and Madhushree.

Then there was an excellent piece from the team of Hariharan, Sadhana and Chitra, which he claimed as 'Unplugged'. During this session, they combined certain melody numbers beautifully with few variations. All the songs which were selected for this piece were excellent ones from ARR's collections.. They were 'Nila Kaikiradhu..' (Indira), 'Enge enathu Kavidhai...' (Kandukondein KK), 'Uyirae.. uyirae..'(Bombay) and 'Udhaya.. Udhaya..' (Udhaya).

Follwed them were 'Thee Thee Thithikkum thee..' (Thiruda Thiruda) by Sadhana Sargam, 'Jiya Jale Jaan jale...'(Dil se) by Chitra, 'Ale Ale..' (Boys) by Karthik & ARR's sister Irshath, 'Hai Rama Kya Hua..' (Rangeela) by Hariharan & Madhushree and 'Nachu Re...Nachu Re...' by Kailash Kher & ARR. I don't know the movie of the last number, eventhough I realised that it was the hindi version of 'Thaniye Thannanth Thaniye...' from 'Rhythm' sung by Shankar Mahadevan. Hariharan & Madhushree were the next with all sorts of dance movements for 'Varugiraai..' of 'Ah AAh'.

Till that moment, I was struggling with the batteries of my Digicam that I missed couple of nice pics. Then I decided that I shouldn't wait anymore. Immediately I ran out and bought the required batteries, eventhough they were expensive there... This enabled me to cover the balance numbers to my satisfaction.

Another fast one came out from the team of karthik and Blazee - for 'Sa Ri Ga me..' of 'Boys'. This was another song with an electrifying feel which ended up with a colorful bang from the flower pot lightings... chk out the next picture...

ARR came down again from his seat for the next number 'Mustafa.. Mustafa..' with Naresh.. another good one.

Again the hall got electrified with the next one from his sister Rehena and Kailash kher. The song was nothing but the 'Chayya Chayya..' of 'Dil Se'. You cannot judge based on the look and actions. Looked like a quiet lady, the song & her matching high pitched voice with K.K's brought the stadium down with the clappings and dances. ARR too joined them finally.. with his matching voice.

As expected, he finished the concert with the 'Vandhe Madharam..' number and made the people to move in a different way. Most of the audience started standing to chant the 'Vandhe madharam..' words to fulfill the purpose of the song. The unity in diversity. I could feel it with his mixture of techinicians & Singers (of different countries) and the audience who were present including lot of chinese... It was amazing. The following were some of the pictures taken during that last piece.

Alma - Sadhana Sargam - Chitra - Madhushree - Karthik - Kailash Kher
Chitra-Madhushree-Kailash Kher-Karthik-Udit
Alma wondering the way the genius was singing, with Chitra & Madhushree
Karthik - Udit Narayan - Hariharan, with the full attention to the song
Blazee - Sivamani

When the show ended 4 hours after the continuous thunder & lightening, I didn't have the mood to leave the place. I was just wondering why these concerts are always conducted for less no. of hours..

I still missed some of my favourites like

'Anbe Anbe..' and 'Poovukkul olinthrikkum...' from 'Jeans' (surprisingly none from this movie)
'Aararai kodi..' from 'Ah Aah' (the latest hit sung by ARR himself)
'Thirakkatha kattukulee...' and 'kaathal nayagara..' from 'En Swasa Katre'
'Chinna Chinna Aasaai...' from 'Roja'
'katre en Vaasal vandhai...' from 'Rhythm'

However, the notable and appreciable portion of this show was that there were no interruptions by the presenters or comedians, like it happened in the previus shows. ARR himself didn't have time to deliver all his hits, as I mentioned above. How can he allow those interruptions? We were so glad that the show was fully packed with songs, songs and songs.........

By the end of the night, when we came back home my wife made some remarks that I had changed a lot, compared to the previous shows... in terms of my involvement in the shows. I just smiled at her... Hey.. that was the power of the magical music from this Genius.

1) Some of my fellow bloggers have beaten me already in bringing up their posts in their blogs... earlier this day. Here are their posts ----> Sayesha & Vidya. Enjoy them as well...

2) Due to some Blogger.com errors, it took 4 hours for me to upload these pictures. Due to the delay, I even dropped some more pictures. Whatever it is, by end of the night I was satisfied with those which got loaded successfully.

Some more pictures here.. enjoy

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Anonymous Vidya said...

I might have uploaded my post before you, but WOW this is certainly the best post i have read so far written by you. Your passion and love for music is written all over.......

Here's to the wonderful event that we were fortunate to witness..

Cheers :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous raju said...

Vow Ram.. Awesome post.. Felt as though I was there. Wanted to see Karthik's foto for sometime.. Looks young and good.

I think ARR's concerts are quite rare, right? Lucky you, to have got such a nice opportunity. Nice to know that the actual pair of 'Vennilave..' song was there to sing for you..

Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger VeeKay said...

Ram at his best as usual. Heard that the whole group was having fun there in S'pore. Karthik was saying that this was the best experience he has had on stage so far.

And thanks for the review. I have linked this review in my blog.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger tt_giant said...

Nice recount of the function, Ram. Looks like the songs have been catered to a wider audience. Glad that you enjoyed it!.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 1:53:00 PM  
Blogger vee-jay said...

Excellent account Ram. Surprised he did not sing the Aararai koadi song from Ah.. Aah!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2005 4:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

super review - nerla parkara feeling ....very well written.


Sunday, September 25, 2005 5:05:00 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...


excellent coverage of the events. glad to know that u enjoyed it. hoping to catch the same when the CD is out or when Vasantham telecasts the same. He should have performed 'Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera' from Swades and 'Aararai Kodi' from Ah Aah. Looks like singer Karthik has changed his hairstyle a bit.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:09:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

vidya.. thanks. yes, it was one of the life long memorable event for me.

Raju.. Girls are crazy about Karthik nowadays. And I heard that ARR may plan a trip to US & Canada next year.. If you get a chance, enjoy the show.

VK.. We were glad that Karthik was given more chance to sing.. he delivered 5 numbers. Last time, during Bharadwaj's concert he sang only 2... eventhough they were excellent numbers.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:39:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Deepak.. Yes, the show was catering to a wider audience. Otherwise, these high pricing would not have been justifiable.

VJ.. that's what we also felt. We were eagerly waiting for that song, being his latest hit.

Thuglak.. thanx.

Kaps.. I am not sure if Vasantham will telecast immediately. First you can expect to get the VCD... And, yes.. Karthik had changed his hairstyle and still he was charming & attracting the lady audience.... :-( :-( :-(

Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:45:00 PM  
Blogger Cogito said...

Thanks for the post.Will catch it on TV . In ARR's concerts the language hardly matters ( the mix of hindi/tamil) .

Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger G3 said...

wow! that was a really nice desp. I usually dont read long posts fully. Yet, I read this one, every bit of it, for 2 reasons ... first, ARR second, the way you wrote it.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger visithra said...

Aww wow that was a fun read - felt as if i was there ;)

Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:32:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Cogito.. I agree. It hardly matters, if it is already a hit number.

Gayathri.. thanx for reading it thru fully.

Visithra.. Glad that you had that feeling. that was the purpose of this post... :-) :-) :-) Hope you enjoyed it thoroughly....

Sunday, September 25, 2005 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger Prabu Karthik said...

chancey illla

Oct 8 bangalore concert kum indha mahdiri oru round up kedaicha 2000 odd micham agum :D

Sunday, September 25, 2005 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger caleb said...

excellent post. again. feel sorry for myself in missing the show...but your post helps!

Monday, September 26, 2005 12:21:00 AM  
Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

hmm, nalla luck ongalukku!!

Monday, September 26, 2005 4:47:00 AM  
Blogger Somu said...


I have now stopped repenting that I have not booked tickets for the b'lore show !

Your passion for music and movies really amazes me !


Monday, September 26, 2005 4:53:00 AM  
Blogger TJ said...

That was excellent description!!
Udit and Karthik very terribly missed at the premier here. :(

Monday, September 26, 2005 5:08:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

PK.. Hope somebody else covers it as well.

Caleb.. Thankx.

Vatsan.. :-) :0) :O)

Somu.. thanks..

TJ.. We were also sitting with crossed fingers till the final day, since the local radio never confirmed Karthik's arrival. Finally, when we came to know about his arrival we were so happy..... such an enthusiastic & energetic guy.

Monday, September 26, 2005 5:38:00 AM  
Blogger Saravana Kumar said...

Ram nerla paatha feeling kondaandhuttinga .. one more kalakkals :)

Monday, September 26, 2005 6:03:00 AM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

When I saw the preview on Saturday night, I was eager to read the review.

Thanks for all the photos and the review.

I am sure ARR's performance on stage with so many of our favorite singers would cause a commotion whereever he goes.

I wish he comes to the USA this year.

Question - Do you think they had live music? Last time, I heard complaints that several songed where only lip-synced. Its gone to an extent where some troupes even advertise that they perform live.!! Wonder how it was this time.

Thanks Ram for the efforts. Maybe you should consider another post for the photos.!!

Monday, September 26, 2005 7:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I got the link from Vijai and am glad he sent it to us. Wow...wot an experience!!! I'm sooo jealous here...but ure post has made me feel as if I was there...Your passion for music is evident to all of us...I got goosebumps as I was reading through it. I read every bit of it and enjoyed it very much...It is indeed an electrifying evening. I do hope that they come to the US& Canada soooon.

thanks for the well-written post,

Life without music is a journey through vacuum.....

Monday, September 26, 2005 7:21:00 AM  
Blogger Sayesha said...

Any pics of Karthik in his first costume? He looked incredible in that! :)

Monday, September 26, 2005 7:25:00 AM  
Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy said...

Ram, The post rocks!. It really rocks... possibly your best post.

Monday, September 26, 2005 7:28:00 AM  
Blogger Arvind said...


Terrific coverage that :-)

Can't wait for his trip to this side of the world :-W

The unplugged combo seems to be awesome !!

Monday, September 26, 2005 7:34:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

SK.. glad to realise that the purpose of the post has been served. Glad you enjoyed it...

Mr.Narayanan.. I don't think they would have recorded earlier and made lip movements. It was live & realistic.. I don't think ARR would have played around with those gimmicks.

Reg. addl Photos, probably I can do it tomorrow.. Hopefully, you may get to see him next year in US.

Monday, September 26, 2005 8:22:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Sivarubini.. Welcome.Glad you enjoyed the show here (!!). Wish you also have the fresh experience in your region, soon...

Sayesha.. Can understand your situation :-) :-) I took few shots in that dress.. but from a long distance. So, his face was not very clear in it and the purpose was defeated. Still, will try to load the best one out of that lot.. But don't expect a lot out of it.

Now I am feeling bad as to why I didn't go out earlier, to change my digicam's batteries...

Monday, September 26, 2005 8:33:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

VK... What you are saying may be true.. that is probably the best one out of mine? Thanks.. May be I'll try to beat this one in the future, somehow.. But I doubt whether any other personality can fill in ARR's position in this post, that well....

Arvind.. In that 'Unplugged' combo Sadhana sung another piece which I forgot earlier.. it was 'nenje nenje maranthu vidu...' (not sure about the movie name...) It was also fitting that piece excellently.

Monday, September 26, 2005 8:36:00 AM  
Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

simply superb post ram!i can feel ur excitement!i wish arr performs in chennai again!i missed his unity of light :(..vatsan and i had gone 4 a light music concert..karthik was really awesome.i would love 2 c arr singing vande matram live..lucky u..just listening 2 it makes me feel proud 2 b an indian!!

my take on arr-arr extraordinary musician - absolutely yes!arr a genius?-a big no.i think only 1 living tamil musician qualifies for that title-there is 1 sun,1 moon and 1 ilayaraja!!!

Monday, September 26, 2005 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger Aatma said...

Wow Ram this was a well written post. Shows the level of interest and love you have for the musical genius called ARRahman.

Wish we all could have been there to see the show.

Monday, September 26, 2005 1:39:00 PM  
Blogger Rags said...

Hey Ram,

Excellent Coverage of Events...Literally relived the moments I had during his Chennai Concert...What an Electrifying Experience...

Btw, I am not sure how he did it in Singapore...but in Chennai - It was recording for sure...We had very bad snags in the middle of concert where the CD got stuck.. Bad Embarassment for sure...

Any idea when he is planning for US trip...Will plan ahead...

Monday, September 26, 2005 2:30:00 PM  
Blogger Rags said...

Nenje Nenje song is from Ratchagan...Its a sad song..

Monday, September 26, 2005 2:33:00 PM  
Blogger Surya said...

Boy ! ! What an extensive review..Guess it shows you had a great time

Monday, September 26, 2005 2:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Sundaresan said...

Ram! chancey illai ponga...summaa kannukku munnaadi showa kondu niruthiteenga....great job!

Monday, September 26, 2005 5:53:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Siddharath.. I expected something like this frm you. It is not like 'we cannot keep two swords in a same pack'. Both are good on their own.. FYI, Udit praised ARR during the show on the same lines like you are doing... 'there can be only one Taj mahal in the world .. the same way there can be only one ARR'. This was splashed out everywhere in the newspapers here.

So, I may not give that 'Genius' prefix only to Ilayaraja as a trademark. ARR too is a Genius in his own way. That doesn't mean that I deny IR's achievements. He is also a great guy.

Monday, September 26, 2005 6:45:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Aatma.. Thnx. Wish your wish is also fulfilled soon.

Rags.. It is surprising to note the confusion happened in Chennai show. But pesonally I feel it didn't happen in that way here. BTW.. thanks for referring to the movie name for 'nenje nenje..' song

Surya.. thanks.

Sundaresan.. hope you enjoyed. thanks.

Monday, September 26, 2005 6:48:00 PM  
Anonymous F e r r a r i said...

Oct 8 he is coming to bangalore. Just cant wait :-)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 2:05:00 AM  
Blogger `மழை` ஷ்ரேயா(Shreya) said...

it's great that u got 2 take pix. we weren't allowed 2. (but ofcourse dat didn't stop "our people")

it was great.. the Sydney show.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ramya Nageswaran said...

Hi Ram,

Nice coverage.. I was there too and had a great time. Wish he had sung from Kannathil muthamittal and Indra (apart from that small piece from Hariharan).

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ram,

Got the link from vijai,kudos to u, stupendous way of coverge...we felt being part of it..n yeah everybody at karthik's place liked ur description too..thanks again

Saturday, October 01, 2005 3:52:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Ferrari.. enjoy the show

Shreya.. somehow they allowed this time. I attended couple of programmes earlier where they didn't allow us. your post on sydney show was also good. great job.

Ramya.. yes, I too missed 'KM' song

Anonymous... thanks for dropping by. Glad that Karthik's family liked it... We would be glad to meet him next time, when we visit Chennai.. ;-) ;-) :-)

Saturday, October 01, 2005 7:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh btw, forgot to mention...karthik hasnt changed his hairstyle..its jus that the performers had to be at the venue 2 hrs b4 the show started...so sweating kinda s the reason for his disheveld state...

Monday, October 03, 2005 7:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hemm..SINGAPORE..I always wanna settle down ther. STill donno how:( But thez comments feeds my craze more. Will I ever be ther and share some msges like this?:(

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anant said...

It is a very amazing show just i read the discription of it.

i thonk rehman is very geneious.

one of my dream is to meet the rehman once.

Sunday, October 16, 2005 2:02:00 AM  

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