Rahman starts Ramanishq expedition
Music maestro A R Rahman was in the city on Monday for his live-in-concert performance - 'Ramanishq'.
Rahman is set to visit four different cities in India and Sydney for his new musical tour - Rahmanishq.
The Oscar-winning Indian musician has already embarked on the month-long expedition starting with Kolkata on Monday, followed by Vishakapattanam (Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Cricket Stadium) on Oct 12.
The third one will be held in Jaipur (Bhawani Niketan Education Trust) on Oct 20.
The last one will be held in Ahmedabad (Sardar Patel Stadium) on Oct 27.
To celebrate the occasion, mobile phone manufacturer Celkon Mobiles launched the new 'Ramanishq' smartphone series - AR45 on Monday.
Present at the event was Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director, Celkon Mobiles; Murari Retineni, Executive Director, Celkon Mobiles along with well known faces from Bollywood music fraternity like - Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Sweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur, Niti Mohan, Susmita Das along with Rahman himself.
The phone that will be available October onwards at all retail outlets for Rs 7,999, exhibits a 5 mega pixel camera with a smile detector, an Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS, dual speakers with K-class amplifiers, 1.2 GHz dual core A7 processor and so on.
Among some of the special ones, which seemed to be reasons enough for buyers to opt for the Ramanishq series, are the 'Interactive Gaming' (where two people can play games with each other), 'Shake and Transfer' (which enables data transfer in no time with just a shake), a 40 GB ROM and a few more.
To top it all the phone comes packed with pre-installed Rahman's chartbusters and one of the newest technologies named 'Phota' where in case of any hang or slowdown, the phone reflashes and the entire software gets restarted automatically along with all the latest updates and also without hampering the user's previous data and other essentials.
Retineni said, "As Rahman's music crosses the nation's boundaries to reach the faraway lands, I hope that our product too will do the same in the future days to come."
Rahman had earlier made the official announcement via video conference from Mumbai, where the actual conference was held while connecting with Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Rahman had said, "My first concert was in the US where I started the concert with Hindi and Tamil songs. People out there were not comfortable with the first few songs, but then the crowd got enthusiastic and charged up. We all have worked hard for this concert also. We have recreated many songs which we will perform."
Commenting on the difference between the East and the West, he had said that he finds no difference between the two halves of the world.
When asked about the Classical Western musical academy that he is going to open, he said, "In our country, we still don't have a proper orchestra. So it requires a bit of western training which is to excel in harmony. To develop that, we are planning to form this academy. Many other types of songs like Sufi will also be taught."
As part of this tour, the music legend had been to Sydney to put up a performance at the All Phone Arena on the Aug 24.
(Reporting by Debadatta Sengupta, images by Avishek Mitra)
(Posted on 02-10-2013)