Grandma's Tales

June 7, 2007

AR Rahman performs on stage

Filed under: Movie,My Other Avtaar,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 9:21 pm


AR Rahman was the special invitee at the CavinKare Ability Awards function in Chennai. Ability Foundation and Rahman have been friends for a while now. He has attended the function as a spectator and has handed over the awards to the winners but this year he came as a performer. From among the CDs sent to him, he selected two disabled girls to sing with him on stage. There hadn’t been much time for practice. Radha Roy, one of the singers is from Mumbai, and you know how difficult it is for a wheelchair user to travel in India. The other singer Heeru is from Bengaluru and is visually impaired.
Well, the instantly-recognised name was announced and the maestro, dressed in spotless white walked up, sat at the piano specially brought in for him and began caressing the keys. When did he last perform solo in public?
He played and the audience was enthralled. The melody filled the hall and the hearts of those present. Heeru and Radha sang Rahman’s numbers when he played and the evening turned magical. As Rahman dinged out the clear notes and Heeru’s voice soared along, every one in the audience felt transported to another plane, another time and space. It was an extra-ordinary half hour.
Now compare this with his performance in the bay area where he is on a tour now. No two shows involving the same person could be so completely different from each other! For a well-written report on the bay area show, log on to


  1. I totally agree..the bay area show recently held in oracle arena wasn’t his best. I have no idea why A R Rahman needs dancers for his show..I have been there for his 3 bay area concerts..and all of them had dancers..little disapointing to me. I rather would want to see him in the center of the stage.

    Anybody has the video of this chennai performance for CavinKare..may be a youtube link?

    Thank you
    ardent rahman fan

    Comment by arun — June 9, 2007 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  2. Hi Arun, thanks for stopping by. The youtube link is a great idea! Yes, we do have a running video. Let me see what I can do on Monday at the Ability Foundation office.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — June 9, 2007 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

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