Awesome. Reverberating. Raunchy. That precisely describes Rahman’s exploits in the ‘Jai Ho’ Concert held yesterday, at the Marg Swarnabhoomi, near Mahabalipuram in Chennai on 11th October, 2009.

As the ‘Mozart Of Madras’ churned out some of his sparkling chart busters, the crowd went berserk. It was typical ARR at his best and his commitment of giving a treat to his music lovers stands undisputed. There were some notable absentees like SPB, Shankar Mahadevan and Sukhwinder Singh to name a few, who are usually a part of his concerts by default. I missed them but Rahman almost compensated by bringing in host of new and talented artistes. Sivamani enthralled the 80,000 odd audience with his drumsticks and Chithra was seen in her usual elegance. I had the privilege of attending Rahman’s first concert in India, ‘The Unity of Light’ in Calcutta, way back in february, 2003. Since then, he probably has belted more numbers to his credit and recieved numerous laurels including the twin academy awards, but his obsession for music remains unscathed. I guess, that’s what makes him so special. He rounded off the evening with the unanimous ‘Jai Ho’ and his trademark ‘Vande Mataram’.

While on my way out after the concert ended, I heard few people murmuring about the fact that there were very few Tamil tracks and most of it were from his Bollywood blockbusters. Well, my sympathies to those in this part of the world, who have to battle the ghosts of the ‘language barriers’. After all, ‘Music knows no Language’ but seldom do people understand the gravity of the concept. This was pretty evident when the collaborative efforts of Marg & Shakthi Foundation are heading for more such events, which would invoke ‘Oneness’ amongst the human clan.

Way to Go ARR! ‘Jai Ho’ is just the beginning..

I admit, this might come across as an absurd question, but at the end of the day, I strictly believe that a blog is never complete without actually having an article about blogging..!! (Rather why not blogging..)

So here I go..

Where do I begin? I mean why do people all over the planet decide to blog? Is it boredom? Or is it because they are too tired doing something that they have been doing for an infinite period of time and want to indulge in something that invokes curiosity and sheer madness at the same time? Does this concept of blogging have a direct and effectual relationship with human bonding? May be few of them blog because they absolutely detest mankind and want to be a part of a niche fraternity that only includes the ‘I’ phenomenon… (Obviously, the blog furnished is to be read by able and self indulgent human beings who have the ability to cuddle their thought process, if I can consider that to be a reasonable expectation to begin with).

Some might blog because they are exemplary in their own vicinity. Few blog because they consider themselves to be a force to reckon with in Plagiarism. Many blog as they consider themselves to be too inferior to come out in public and divulge their inner credentials. Some feel otherwise. Many write because they have nothing else to do, some pen down memories which would facilitate them during their ‘Alzheimer’ days. Majority always blog because they are never correct. Handful of them blog because they know too much. Some just blog, for reasons known to nobody.

Or, may be, I am insane to blog this for you all. But then, I am proud of myself for what I just did.

Blogging All The Way..!!!!

 
‘Unnai Pol Oruvan’ stands out for its excellent narrative mode and the powerhouse called Kamal Haasan. But let us not compare the two versions. As a matter of fact, they are quite different in their context and the treatment of their respective subjects. ‘A Wednesday’ dealt with the inevitable and the contagious phenomenon of Terrorism, with a Global Appeal. ‘Unnai Pol..’ was more in context of the terror spread in various parts of Chennai and Tamil Nadu. Quite understandable, for the script had to meet the needs of the local folks and match their flavor. That is where superlative actors like Mohanlal and Lakshmi are pulled in. The conversations between the two are sarcastic, but equally entertaining. I was quite disappointed with the support cast though. The police officers lacked the fervor and punch that was required for enacting such a powerful and crucial role. The involvement of the real CM’s voice could have been avoided, it sounded like a mimicry artiste was showcasing his expertise to gain footage. The background score was ordinary and the editing was convincing in most parts.
 
To conclude, ‘Unnai Pol..’ is all about guts, perseverance and above all, the true enigmatic portrayal of the ‘Common Man’.