BY DR. PANCHAJANYA PAUL
Atlanta, GA, September 6, 2018: A R Rahman and his team of talented musicians performed inAtlantaon Saturday, August 25th, 2018. The event was held at the Infinite Energy Arena at Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. This musical show was sold out, and a blockbuster hit. The performers were A R Rahman, Mano, Neeti Mohan, Ranjit Barot, Udit Narayan, Javed Ali, Haricharan, Jonita Gandhi, and Linda Lind. All are famous stars of their own accord. The stars performed solo and in a group to create a musical extravaganza of unparalleled rhythm and melody.
A R Rahman and his team are touring North America for two months and will be performing at multiple cities like New York,Houston,Chicago,Orlando,San Francisco,Los Angeles,Ontario. Atlantamusic lovers were fortunate to have this show in Atlanta on August 25th.
The city frequently hosts Indian cultural shows performed by artists from India. But this show was special. It was an evening of three hours of continuous enchanting musical produced by A R Rahman and his entourage. All instruments and vocals were performed live on stage. The full orchestra brought all the sounds and rhythms alive.
The event started with the favorite Bollywood super hit buster songs. India’s famous Oscar-winning musician A R Rahman enthralled the audience with his masterful music. Udit Narayan another star of the night sang old Bollywood hits and made the audience nostalgic for their school and college days. Haricharan brought his soul touching tones with A.R. Rahman on stage. Neeti Mohan songs and dance to the beats dazzled the crowd. Jonita Gandhi, Mano, Linda Lind kept the energy going with powerful performances. Ranjit Barot, the famous drummer for John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension and the Musical Director for A R Rahman live concerts, kept the energy going with his uplifting music. Javed Ali, another Bollywood playback singer, entertained with popular songs.
The show honored India’s diversity with songs from different genres and language. In addition to Bollywood Hindi songs, there were also Tamil and regional songs. In the end, all the musicians changed their dress, donned white caps, and presented 30 minutes of spiritual Sufi songs. The magic of the music with the soulful renditions of the favorite songs moved audiences to tears of joy and oneness with all. It was an experience of a lifetime, and a night forever enshrined in memory.
The show started around 8 pm and went on till 11:30 pm. The crowd was on their feet with this grand show. They continuously cheered at the performances. Here is what some of the crowd said – “- Mind Blowing! – Great mix of music and lights, – Udit Narayan Sir brought back great memories., – I felt a chill with excitement, – AR Rahman is better than ever”. After the end of the program, A R Rahman met with the sponsors and special guests. Overall, the event was sold out and houseful. The concert attended by hundreds of music lovers from Georgia,Alabama, and Tennessee.
The three organizers of the event were Anand Entertainment, Time Starz Entertainment, and NNKB Dance in association with National sponsor of 27th Investments. All the sponsors and organizers thanked the crowd for making the concert a great success. Bhavana Anand, the founder of Anand Entertainment, worked tirelessly over the last three months to bring this show toAtlanta. She said that the great city ofAtlanta deserves the greatest shows, and Anand entertainment is committed to bringing the very best to the city.
After the show, social media was abuzz with praise for the show. People shared pictures and gave great reviews. Everyone praised the performers and sponsors. Here are some quotes from Facebook which says it all-
“What a mind-blowing sold-out concert! Thank you so much Bhavana for this amazing opportunity! It was a star singers’ show! Truly one of the best Atlantahas seen.” – Divya Desai
“The best show indeed! Thank you, for bringing such a great show!! Looking forward to many more. ” – Hetal Mehta
“What an amazing show to experience! Thank Anand Entertainment for bringing this spectacular show for the Atlantaaudience. You guys are so hard-working, dedicated and amazingly beautiful people. Congratulations on the sold-out show. I wish you all the success for future events.” – Pradnya Nirbhavane
“You are the best Bhavana Vishal Anand!! You have set a standard for others.” – Durgesh Das
“The best show indeed. Full of entertainment. Complete audio-visual treat.” – Sagnika Mukherjee Paul