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Rahman rocks Bangalore!

Rahman rocks Bangalore!

- Venkatesh Acharya
Event : AR Rahman Live in Concert
Featuring : AR Rahman
Venue : Jayamahal Road, Bangalore
Date : 29 May, 2011
AR Rahman is one of the few musicians who can motivate a journey of sorts like this. In what was Bangalore's biggest excursion in recent times, a little below half a lakh people – diluting the age and their cultural preferences, everyone came for the Jai Ho concert at Jayamahal Road, on May 29th evening.

Figures of disposable earnings looked like they had to be remodeled - tickets were available from Rs. 500 to Rs. 10,000, but that didn't discourage the fans, many of whom were teenagers, to turn up. When Rahman plays live, it is undeniably the nearest that many can get to seeing a Bollywood concert, a Carnatic recital, a Sufi concert, a rock concert, a fusion music concert, or a rap concert.

Frankly, there wasn’t so much of ‘Jai Ho’. In fact, Rahman's latest songs conquered the concert, much like the collection of vocalists, who were largely contemporary. A few of his all time regulars were also there plugged into Keith Peters on the guitar, Sivamani on the drums and Naveen on the flute.

Subsequently, more of the Western-inspired songs and less of the quintessentially Indian songs were played. For example, Lagaan songs were totally omitted. The playlist majorly consisted of Delhi 6, Blaaze's rap, and to the glee of many, Slumdog. But what drove the crowd into ecstasies was ‘Koncham Nilavu’ (‘Koncham Nippu’ from Donga Donga), ‘Pudhu Vellai’ (the Tamil version of ‘Paruvam Vaanaga’ from Roja) ‘Kannanule’ (Bombay) and ‘Snehituda’ (Sakhi).
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