Kolkata all set to rock to Rahman beats.

14 11 2009

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.

Kolkata A R Rahman Jai Ho

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.

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A R Rahman’s Jai Ho Concert | Live in Pune on May 31, 2009

8 05 2009

For the first time ever Double Oscar Winner AR Rahman will be performing live in the city of Pune on Sunday, May, 31, 2009. This concert is part of AR Rahman’s Jai World Tour with over 70 artists and dancers which includes India’s best singers such as Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam, Blaaze, Benny Dayal, Rashid Ali amongst others.

A R Rahman concert in PuneThe concert is also AR Rahman’s first concert in a major metropolis after the Oscars. The Pune concert will be hosted at the sprawling Balewadi Stadium complex which recently hosted the Youth Commonwealth Games.

To announce his arrival in the great city of Pune, AR Rahman will address the public and media in Pune on Friday, 8th May, 2009 at 5pm at the MAEERs MIT Campus, Kothrud, Pune. AR Rahman will host the Jai Ho flag amidst a large gathering and speak to the media about this new world tour and the Pune concert in particular.

The proceeds of this concert will go to the Lata Mangeshkar Medical Foundation and the Alandi Dehu Vikas Parisar Samiti. The concert will feature all of AR Rahman’s latest super hits and is designed in a manner which appeals to one and all. The concert is also AR Rahman’s first concert in a major metropolis after the Oscars. The Pune concert will be hosted at the sprawling Balewadi Stadium complex which recently hosted the Youth Commonwealth Games.

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Generation Next Music from Rahman family

7 07 2008

The top-notch music director A R Rahman has taken the Indian music to world standards. He proved himself in Tamil industry as well as in Hindi film industry. Rehana’s Rahamaniya on Aahaa FM is about brother A R Rahman, the ‘Mozart from Madras’.

“I interview people who have worked with him. I speak about Rahman’s songs, their uniqueness and incidents in our family,” says Rehana, Rahman’s elder sibling, who has composed music for Machi.

Her popular songs include Malae Malae Marudhamala from Choklet and Balleilakka from Sivaji The Boss. “Rahman’s songs are classy and people also expect me to do like. I am waiting for a good opportunity. I get offer to sing vulgar songs. I don’t like it and just walk off the studio,” says Rehana, “Two films are in my pipeline,” she explains.

After recording one of the most important songs for Sivaji, the Rajnikanth-produced Tamil film, composer AR Rahman invited the director of the film Shankar to listen to it. Shankar, who has worked with Rahman on several films, could of course instantly recognize veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) in the song Balleilakka.. “But who is the female singer?” he asked.

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Interesting cute tidbits of sweet Rahman

8 06 2008


When ARR was 10 years old, he was used to wearing half pants and shirts. At that time, there was a Pir who visited him and advised him not to dress showing his legs. Right from that moment, ARR stopped wearing half pants, and till date has taken proper care to ensure that he is dressed properly all the time. ARR took the advise of the Pir in the right spirit, and even at that tender age he didn’t reply back asking “why”. This was shared by Raihana.


ARR ‘s Father used to have a Moris Minor car, and ARR ‘s Grandfather was an excellent driver. ARR started learning car driving right from the age of 9 in the beaches of Chennai Marina beach. Their entire family used to go round Chennai in that car. But they have disposed the car now.


“ARR’s Progress Report always used to feature “Good & Very quiet Boy” in the conduct Portion. And whenever he used to miss some homework, the teacher used to punish him by asking him to sit near girls, for which he would feel so bad, and come home very disappointed.


It seems ARR was very much attached to his grand mother and so was she towards ARR. She used to ask him if he would get her a saree , when he was 5 yrs old, for which ARR would reply that he would pack a room full of sarees for her, and she used to get delighted hearing that.. But unfortunately, she is not alive now, otherwise, ARR would have surely made it a reality now.
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Ar Rahman stole a million hearts in Dubai

22 04 2008

It was a magical evening. A full moon night, a cricket stadium full of music lovers and a programme full of talented performers and hit songs. Fans expected a lot from A. R. Rahman and the music maestro lived up to those expectations at A. R. Rahman – Live in Concert held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Starting with his recent Bollywood hits Masti Ki Pathshala, Jashn-e-Bahara and Rubaroo, Rahman took the audience on a wonderful musical journey that included his current hits and old favorites from Bollywood and South Indian films.
There was no time wasted in announcing songs or singers as the show moved seamlessly from one number to the next. And there was no need either for announcements because the audience recognized every number as soon as the first note was played and greeted every song with rapturous applause.
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