A MUSICAL DIWALI BY A.R. RAHMAN AT YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI
From Jai Ho to Maa Tujhe Salaam, fans witnessed the best of A.R. Rahman
4th November 2022, Dubai: On the 29th of Oct, Abu Dhabi celebrated Diwali with Music Maestro A.R. Rahman performing live in concert at the Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. It was the first time Rahman performed live in Abu Dhabi with many enthusiastic music lovers showering an overflowing response.
The concert garnered tremendous success and has become one of the biggest events to take place at YAS Island, Abu Dhabi. Rahman performed some of his iconic songs followed by the crowd that joined him to sing along. Fans from all over the world flew down to Abu Dhabi for the greatest show of the year.
The concert started with Rahman’s most celebrated patriotic song Jai Ho from the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. With this song, he introduced his ensemble of singers on stage including prominent singers in the industry like Haricharan, Benny Dayal, Madhushree, and Shwetha Mohan followed by Jiya Jale, Muqabala to Padakaali from the film Yodha by Benny Dayal and Haricharan. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam from the film Hayati sung by a Lebanese singer and some amazing Bollywood numbers like Param Sundari from Mimi, and Maahi Ve from Highway. The concert was a visual treat including songs in various languages including Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and even Arabic. The global icon with impeccable knowledge of music dedicated ragas from the Indian classical genre Raag-like Yaman, Madhukauns, Neelambari, Charukeshi to Bihag to Dharmavati, Etihad Arena was lit up like a Diwali celebration when the lights were turned off and the crowd waved with the music using their mobile phone torch which surely made everything dreamy. The concert was headed with some soulful and quintessential songs like Agar Tum Saath Ho from Tamasha, Kun Faya Kun from Rockstar, Dil Se Re, and to his recent blockbuster release Ponni Nadh from Ponniyin Selvan – I.
One of the most memorable moments from the concert was when Rahman performed alongside his son A.R. Ameen for the songs Miss Hairan from Heropanti with Nisa which left fans spellbound, followed by the song Taal Se Taal Mila by Haricharan. By the concert’s end, Rahman set the stage on fire with Humma Humma, head banging on Chaiyya Chaiyya to make the audience groove with Urvasi which ended with one of the most heart-melting song, Maa Tujhe Salaam leaving every soul with goosebumps.
Talking about the event, world-renowned music icon A. R. Rahman says, “It was an amazing experience performing at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The audience was amazing, and the energy the crowd had was so lively. Performing for live audiences always gives the artist a level of satisfaction as we get the responses there and then. I will be looking forward to performing here again in the future”.
From Jai Ho to his recent iconic songs to ending with Maa Tujhe Salaam, Rahman’s dynamic 30 years in the Music industry were glorified with much anticipation. The crowd was left mesmerized by hearing ARR singing along with the melodious elements to head-banging on songs which succeeded in keeping the crowd hooked and a night to remember for Etihad Arena, Yas Island Abu Dhabi.
About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors and its creative industries, fuelling economic progress and helping to achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organizations that define the DCT Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the DCT Abu Dhabi’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture, tourism and creative industries. DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.
For more information about DCT Abu Dhabi and the destination, please visit tcaabudhabi.ae and visitabudhabi.ae.
About Yas Island
Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and spectacular musical, entertainment and family events all within the 25 sq km Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX™), Yas Marina, the award-winning Yas Links golf course, as well as Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, Yas Mall. With hotels, including W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Crowne Plaza Yas Island Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island by Rotana, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, plus more than 165 dining experiences, the destination also features indoor and outdoor concert venues including WHITE and Etihad Arena – all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.
For more info, please visit: www.yasisland.ae