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rahman roar!


Report appeared on The Straits Times, Singapore. BY S GULAM Nov 4, 1996/ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Saturday Night Fever- Indian-style - at the Shah Alam Stadium. And the man turning up the heat was the King of Indian Pop, A R Rahman. He rocked the 80,000-seat stadium with 180 minutes of non-stop music and songs from all his hit movies. About 30,000 fans paid between RM$50 (S$20) and RM$1,000 to watch the musical wonderboy perform his first-ever "live" concert. And they created a roar which would have given any soccer match a run for its money. The night began with a countdown by the world-renowned drummer Subramani. It ended with the baby-faced Rahman taunting the crowd to plead for more...if it didn't want him to call it a day. It did. And Rahman, 27, fulfilled the request with his own favourite song, "Mustafa, Mustafa". Thousands of fans, including saree-clad women - young and middle-aged, got up and danced on the terrace. Rahman was, without doubt, the star attraction of the night that also featured other Indian artistes. He not only played the keyboard and the piano, he also sang and danced, bringing the crowd to its feet often.

High praise
His performance drew a fitting compliment from Rishi Kapoor, the chief guest for the night. Said the top Hindi movie star and son of the late Raj Kapoor: "A R Rahman, is, without doubt, the most talented musician in India." Tamil poet Vairamuthu said: "There are two Rs which rule Tamil Nadu today. One is superstar Rajinikanth. The other is A R Rahman." Rahman kept his promise and delivered one of the best Indian concerts ever.

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