SINGAPORE - Held at Gardens by the Bay, the concert's open-air concept did not seem to be a problem for the close to 9,000 fans who turned up on April 30. A.R. Rahman's two previous concerts in Singapore were held at indoor venues.
Although there are plenty of outdoor concerts held in Singapore, this was the first representing the Indian entertainment domain here and, according to the organisers DML Live, the concert was a success.
Said DML Live CEO Keerthivasan Subramanian: "To us the concert was quite a mega success. To get close to 9,000 people under one roof is something that Singapore has never seen before at least in the Indian entertainment domain."
The concert started at about 7.45pm, 15 minutes later than scheduled. Explaining this delay, he said: "We were ready to start the show at 7.30pm. However it was a working day with the bulk of the audience coming in past 7.15pm. We wanted the majority of the crowd to settle in before we started and hence the show commenced at 7.45pm."
Many prominent singers like Mano, Mohit Chauhan, K.S. Chithra and the Nooran sisters accompanied Rahman at the concert. There were dance numbers, pyrotechnics and lion dance performances. International Tamil rapper Lady Kash, who is from Singapore, also performed. The highlights were Rahman's instrumental mix with Grammy Award-winning slide guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and his Qawwali segment with Sufi devotional music.