I went to the AR. Rehman Show on Sunday night alongwith several UMBC friends. It was total paisa vasool. After a period of 3 or so years, A.R. Rehman returned back for his US tour alongwith his entire troupe, that included Hariharan, Sukhvinder Singh, Chitra, Sadhana Sargam, Naresh Iyer (of Rang de Basanti fame) and of course the famous drummer, Sivamani. Washington DC was their last halt; after New York, Chicago and other cities.
I had first seen A.R. Rehman on Mumbai-London flight back in 2002. He was right ahead of me in the queue, just before the entry to the security lounge at the Mumbai airport. The officer just waved him through, while checking the passports for the rest of us. This was the second time I saw him. His troupe of 66 artists (singers, dancers, musicians) enthralled the thousands of Indians at the Patriot Center in Virginia (capacity: 10000). The show started at about 8:00 pm and continued non-stop till 11:30; and the crowd still danced, sang and rocked alongwith him till the very end. The stage was magnificient, especially the background animation and the lights & colors used according to the beat of the songs. I think about 30 or so songs must have been played, all hits from movies like Rang de Basanti, Guru, Roza, Taal, Lagaan, Bombay, Saathiya, Dil Se etc. There were a few Tamil movie songs, I think from some movie called Sivaji, which made the Tamilians go berserk. Rehman himself sang few songs - "Dil Se", "Humma Humma", "Pray for me brother" and ended with his trademark 'Vande Mataram', which culminated with tons of confetti sprayed over the audience and some great fireworks.
While the audience went crazy the moment A.R. Rehman appeared on the stage in white kurta at the beginning of the show, it was not until Sukhwinder's "Chaiya Chaiya" that set the crowd on fire. Almost everyone were up from their seats, dancing to the tune and imitating Malaika & Shahrukh. The song lasted atleast 8-10 minutes. A group of college-going students even brought a huge Indian flag, just like in a cricket stadium. The other high-points of the night were Sivamani's solo with the drums (was he amazing or what!) and the performance for the song Maiya Maiya. I dont know who sang that song, but she was awesome dancer as well. Would have given Malika Sherawat a run for her money. Apart from Sukhwinder, among the male singers, Hariharan and a Rajasthani guy, wearing a red turban, wowed the crowds. Chitra and Sadhana Sargam, with their sweet voices, complemented them.
Personally, I think it was one helluva night and worth every penny, although it would have been better if the stage were a little bigger. It seemed on occasions that the dancers didn't have enough space to perform, what with Sivamani with his array of instruments using up left side and other musicians the right side of the stage. The sound quality, atleast in the beginning, sounded little rough; but didn't notice much during the rest of the show. Maybe the folks didn't get enough time to test the settings, I heard they came straight from New York the previous night.
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A.R. Rehman Music Concert: Washington DC
Oh my! you are so lucky!!
I tried to go for his concert once here in mumbai, it was sold out :(
He is the absolute genius in music and well I am sure his concerts must be well worth every single dime, simply because most probably there will not be a single tune that you will not enjoy or hum along with! Now that is what makes for a great concert and a great time!!!
Hope alls well with u m3:)
hey..yeah I was lucky to get tickets. I got it for $75. The $35 ones were sold out I think and the $55 ones didn't have good seating area. Do go for the concert whenever you get a chance. Worth the time and money.
The only downside my friend forgot to mention is hearing Himesh Reshamiya's AAP KA SUROOR like a zillion times from 7.15 till 8.00 .....dammm we should have been paid for that :p
the only down side, of the entire show, that my friend forgot to mention was lissening to Himesh Reshamiya's AAP KA SUROOR like a zillion times before the show started.... mannnnnnn ... that guy is something ... we should have been paid for thattt...:p
Yeah I agree entirely...I was there at like 7:00ish and they played the same song of Himesh making nasal noises till like 8:00. Our only guess was they were playing his mediocre songs so that ppl appreciate the supreme quality of Rehman's music even more, later on :-)
The concert rocked!!!...except ofcourse Himesh...grrrrr...Chaiya Chaiya and Humma Humma still rock after so many years!! kudos to AR Rahman!! Am glad I went for it.
Picture Quiz - 8
The right foot of the man holding the bamboo is missing.
Is it that the objects are not casting a shadow even though the sun is shining bright?
ok. This was a tough one I must admit. I myself didn't know the answer entirely so I put it up here. I spent quite a few hours, finding the mistake in the picture. In the end, I decided that the pig in the center of the picture has a missing eye. Hence the Cryptic hint too shows 'ice', which when pronounced sounds like 'eyes'.
But obviously, what Jovial has pointed out is a glaring mistake in the pic. Great find! The missing foot just escaped my attention and I am sure, it did for many of you.
NP, what you say is right too. It looks like the morning sun, but still there should be shadows. I wonder if the hint helped you in thinking about that.
In the end, this being an open-ended question, all 3 of us are right.
I thought about the missing foot but was not sure how the cryptic clue fitted in....the missing shadows was the only thing that jumped out on comparing the 2 ...indeed a good one..i spent a couple of hours figuring it out..keep it going ...cheers!!
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