RahmanIshq: A R enthralls Kolkata
It is possible for only A R Rahman to pull the huge crowd in a rain-hit evening and entertain them for three long hours, almost holding them spellbound by taking them in a musical journey that at times was ethereal.
The Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata was almost empty because of the rain but as soon as the rain stopped it got filled up on Tuesday. The only reason was the musical magician that is A R Rahman.
It was a spectacular sight to see zealous fans rejoice to an emotional performance by one of the world's most prolific music composers
of recent times.
Mozart of Madras truly conquered the City of Joy along with Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan, Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep
Kaur, Hriday Gattani and Suchismita Das who joined him in the musical extravaganza that is RahmanIshq, a four city tour of the maestro's musical concert that began with Kolkata and would travel to Vishakapatnam, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
Rahman started the evening with his sensational romantic song 'Dil se' and then the title song of the film 'Yuva'.
Sukhwinder Singh stole the attention of the audience by his famous song, 'Taal se taal mile' and 'Main prem ka pyala pee aya' from the
Javed Ali then sang 'Tum Tak' from the Sonam Kapoor, Dhanush and Abhay Deol starer film 'Raanjhana' which moved the audience.
Rahman then entered the stage in a blue denim shirt with his team to sing, 'Jo bhi main' from his remarkable movie 'Rockstar'. The song
made the audience roar for more and more.
With singer Suchismita Das, Rahman sang a Bengali number, 'Jaago mera deah'.
One of Rahman's favourite, Neeti Mohan then entered the stage in an attractive golden attire to sing the much awaited song, 'Jiya re'. The
audience was mesmerised watching her performing along with singing.
Rahman also sang many of his superhit numbers like 'Ye jo desh hai tera', the title song of 'Swades' along with the title song of the film 'Guru'.
While Harshdeep Kaur sang songs like 'Katiya Karu' from 'Rockstar' and 'Heer' from 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', Shweta Pandit glamourised the whole
stage with 'Ishq bina kya jeena yaaron'.
The exhilarating performance showcased technical wizardry through a modern interactive presentation featuring high voltage music, augmented reality, unique visual effects, synchronised choreography and powerful dance arrangements in the purest form.
The ending songs of Oscar-winning Rahman and his whole team along with Sukhwinder Singh, Neeti Mohan, Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur and Hriday Gattani 'Jai Ho' and 'Vande Mataram' left the audience awestruck. It took the audience to a different environment where only music prevailed.
(Reporting by Shubhrima Dutta and images by Avishek Mitra)
(Posted on 02-10-2013)