Sunday, September 19, 2010

A R Rahman Live in conert - Jai Ho tour. (review??)

It was about five years ago that i attended Rahman's 3D tour in London and posted the review here.

I attended the Jai Ho - Journey home concert today in Dallas. I would not call this post a review, but my opinion (more comparison) of the whole thing.



The show scheduled on July 4th was rescheduled to today, spoiling our otherwise plans for the independence day weekend. The show was scheduled to start at 7 and it started at 8.30. A big let down on the part of the organizers.
They had been publicizing in the radio about having indian food stalls, which had extremely tasteless food.
It was expected to be very expensive but, they were selling items costlier than what they had written on the menu.! And then provided the rudest response when questioned. The American Airlines center ticketed zone was not more than 70% full.



Now, Dallas is not London. However there was a glaring lack of star singers. Daler, Shankar, Kailash Kher, Sivamani, yes, no Sivamani!



Lip synch was very obvious and at most places it was lip-out-of-sync.



Let me copy the parts from my earlier review, that are applicable ditto for this concert as well.


".......The man behind the camera was pathetic. He made sure, the camera is always not on the right person...."
"....... along with ‘yeh to des hai tera’,[again tamil mixed in the second stanza.]......"
.......In comes the great Hariharan, packed with tons of energy. His asking ‘Tamillu paatu padalaamaa??’ in a proper ghazalic tone, and the roaring response to it...."
".......chaiyya chaiyya looked out of place sans Sukhwi......"
"........nd the 'Bombay theme' flute were stopgaps in the middle....."


The parts that i enjoyed are
1. Superstar song from Sivaji
2. Superstar song from Endhiran
3. Aaroomaleeee.
4. New singers Alphonse and Vijay Prakash.


Most songs from slumdog were played, they put some effort in the visuals and stage setting, but as we all know it is irrelevant. Women singers were jazzy and wore western costumes, unlike the chitras and kavitha krishnamurthys. (transforming into entertainers, instead of singers?????)


The London concert was 3.5 hrs, this one was 2.5 hrs (probably they performed in Houston yesterday and got delayed?


If what Dallas saw is what this tour is all about, you will lose nothing by not attending it.!


3 Comments:

At Mon Sep 20, 03:03:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaaahhh soo true! had high expectations with Jai ho concert. I had attended AR concert in Bangalore 5 years back and it was much better than this one ... Barso re megha was one of the songs with lip sync ( i mean lip-out-of sync ) :D

 
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