Come Saturday,November 14 2009 and music lovers are in for a star-studded treat. A R Rahman will be in town with an entourage that reads like the who’s-who of Bollywood playback music.
The winner of two Oscars has some great plans up his sleeves, and helping him conjure a magical evening at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan will be some of the country’s best singers Sadhana Sargam, Hariharan, Javed Ali, Rashid Ali, Shweta Pandit and Neeti Mohan, not to mention renowned percussionist Sivamani.
The thousands of Rahman fans who will turn up for the evening are certain to be mesmerized at the concert organised by the Liver Foundation, West Bengal, which will build a liver hospital in the city from the proceeds of the ticket sales. During a trip to Kolkata on October 13, his first to the city since winning the Oscars, the music genius signed guitars which will be auctioned off within a few days.
The revenue so raised, too, will be spent on building the hospital. Most paintings and portraits creations of Liver Foundation vice-president Kalyan Bose that Rahman signed during that visit have been auctioned at a gala dinner.
“Rahman told me that my painting of a mother holding a girl to her chest was the one he loved the most. Among the 18 paintings, 13 were auctioned and fetched around Rs 25 lakh. The remaining will also be auctioned after the concert on November 14”
A special portrait of Rahman, painted by Bose, will be presented to Rahman. “Painting is something that I enjoy. It is my hobby as well as passion. What could have been better than my paintings being auctioned to raise funds for a cause and make our dreams come true?” he said. The three-hour programme details have been kept under wraps, with Rahman deciding to surprise the audience with a few new compositions.
At the press conference on October 13, Rahman had said that the Jai Ho concert will form a part of his nationwide chain of concerts that has already been taken to Calicut, Pune and Chennai. “A unique project has been taken up by the Liver Foundation and I am glad to be part of it. The organization has a great aspiration to serve the society,” he had said.