As the ‘Mozart Of Madras’ churned out some of his sparkling chart busters, the crowd went berserk. It was typical ARR at his best and his commitment of giving a treat to his music lovers stands undisputed. There were some notable absentees like SPB, Shankar Mahadevan and Sukhwinder Singh to name a few, who are usually a part of his concerts by default. I missed them but Rahman almost compensated by bringing in host of new and talented artistes. Sivamani enthralled the 80,000 odd audience with his drumsticks and Chithra was seen in her usual elegance. I had the privilege of attending Rahman’s first concert in India, ‘The Unity of Light’ in Calcutta, way back in february, 2003. Since then, he probably has belted more numbers to his credit and recieved numerous laurels including the twin academy awards, but his obsession for music remains unscathed. I guess, that’s what makes him so special. He rounded off the evening with the unanimous ‘Jai Ho’ and his trademark ‘Vande Mataram’.
While on my way out after the concert ended, I heard few people murmuring about the fact that there were very few Tamil tracks and most of it were from his Bollywood blockbusters. Well, my sympathies to those in this part of the world, who have to battle the ghosts of the ‘language barriers’. After all, ‘Music knows no Language’ but seldom do people understand the gravity of the concept. This was pretty evident when the collaborative efforts of Marg & Shakthi Foundation are heading for more such events, which would invoke ‘Oneness’ amongst the human clan.
Way to Go ARR! ‘Jai Ho’ is just the beginning..