AR Rahman’s first concert
in Chennai, after winning the coveted
Oscar award, took place yesterday
(October 11th, 2009) at the Marg
Swarnabhoomi on the East Coast Road,
south of Chennai. This is one of
the concerts that are a part of
Rahman’s Jai Ho World Concert
The proceeds from this event will
be used by Shakthi Foundation and
Rahman Trust for the benefit of
handicapped persons. The event witnessed
a mega turn out, estimated to be
30,000. But the unofficial figure
is said to be astronomical.
Hariharan's rendition of 'Thamizha
Thamizha' brought out the patriotic
flavor from the crowd who were seen
waving the Indian triclor all over.
Several singers including Benny
Dayal, Blaze and Sadana Sargam enthralled
the audience with their singing.
Rahman also took the mike to render
his favorite songs, 'Rehna Tu' being
one of them. 'Adhiradhi' from Sivaji
augmented the frenzy of the crowd.
Speaking at the event, the Oscar
winner said that though Shakthi
Foundation requested him to conduct
a show in Chennai a long time ago,
this seemed to be an opportune moment,
especially after winning the Oscars.