Oscar-winning composer and singer AR Rahman, who wowed visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai with his all-female Firdaus Orchestra as well as solo concerts, took to the Jubilee stage one last time on Thursday, before the closing of the Universal Exhibition on March 31.
Joined by an army of pan-Indian singers – from famed singer Udit Narayan to Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi and singers Rashid Ali, Jonita Gandhi, Vijay Yesudas and Shweta Mohan – Rahman performed some of his greatest hits spanning over two decades and multiple languages including Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. Rahman’s son, AR Ameen, who is also a singer, performed on the night.
“Thank you again for all the love,” Rahman said, as he appeared on stage to the cheers of the crowd.
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The show, titled One more timestarted on a quiet note with Rahman performing a few of his Sufi-inspired hits, including the touching Khwaja Mere Khwaja from the 2008 movie Jodhaa Akbar and Kun Faya Kun from the hit of 2011 Rock star.
The show then sped up as streamers filled the air to the sound of Jai Ho!Rahman’s world hit from the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionairewhich won the musician the Oscar for best original song in 2008.
The nearly four-hour gig also included a percussive solo from Sivamani, who rolled his drums around the stage and spontaneously swapped his drums for a water cooler and his drumsticks for cans, before being joined by the multi-talented Ranjit Barot.
A poignant segment featured Rahman’s tribute to famed Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar, who died aged 92 last month. Considered a national treasure, Mangeshkar sang for many of Rahman’s compositions and appeared on stage via video footage to perform the emotional hit. Luka Chupifrom the 2006 movie Basanti Rank.
Rahman, who developed Why? Musical comedyexclusively for Expo 2020 Dubai, also performed English songs from the show.
While the concert was loaded with his Hindi hits, Tamil Nadu native Rahman ended the show with some of his greatest South Indian compositions. Songs such as Urvasi Urvasi and Mukkablafrom the 1994 movie Kadhalanwere performed in Tamil, much to the delight of the audience.
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Updated: March 25, 2022, 07:27