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The Perfect AR Rahman Concert – Part II

And this is where we see the Part II of The Perfect AR Rahman Concert. Part I is here.

16. Aathangara Marame (Kizhaku Cheemayile):

The rural tone is done so incredibly well that they made sure they captured the rural milieu well on screen. Even with those faces!

17. Kannaikatti Kollade (Iruvar):

Doesn’t this actually remind you of MGR singing one of his gracefully self referential hit song? No one could have done justice to this other than Hariharan.

18. Kabhi Kabhi Aditi (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na):

Because not only the Aditis, but every lovable girl felt better after this song. A sure shot heart winner.

19. Thenmerku (Karuthama):

Have you ever listened to this song in full volume, in a super awesome sound system with a sub woofer and all that jazz? Please do, and then you’ll realize why this needs to be heard on stage.

20. Mellisaye

For once – and it’s a huge achievement, mind you – you can’t help but pay attention to the song and not to Shilpa Shetty. I think the makers deliberately made her look bad. Like Baazigar bad!

21. Enna Solla Pogirai (Kandukondain Kandukondain):

It’s tough to single out a song from a five star album. But then Shankar Mahadevan comes to your rescue.

22. Pettai Rap (Kadhalan):

Because it brought in a new genre in Indian music. And what super awesome lyrics! I don’t know if Suresh Peters is around, but Blaaze can probably do justice.

23. Delhi 6 (Delhi 6):

This saw Rahman returning to top form after a long long time. Heck, this was seriously in the league of Roja, Thiruda Thiruda etc.

24. Pachai Nirame (Alaipayuthey):

Hariharan’s vocals. Those little nuances by Clinton here and there. And the lyrics that make you wonder about the greatest mysteries. Like how does the whole world conspire to give its best for Mani Ratnam.

25. Do Kadam (Meenaxi):

Because you can’t listen to underrated gems on TV, radio etc. They are possible only at concerts like these.

26. Taxi (Sakarakatti):

Rahman’s experimentation knows no bounds and it succeeds amazingly well in this number by Benny Dayal.

27. Khwaja (Jodha Akbar):

It’s beautiful and by his own admission, it is one of his all time favorite numbers.

28. Kadhal Rojave (Roja):

Even if it’s too late, Rahman’s signature debut has to be reproduced. Just for those flute interludes!

29. Vellai Pookal (Kannathil Muthamittal):

Lets give one more to Rahman. And this time, I am sure it’s everyone’s favorite.

30. Maro Maro (Boys):

You need that kind of reverberation at the end of a concert. It’s an anthem, however cheesy the lyrics!

31. Fanaa (Yuva):

Because anyone would love to get destroyed in Rahman’s music! And with this club friendly song that needs no remix, you do exactly that.

32. Malarodu Malar (Bombay):

There isn’t a better theme song. And I personally feel Vande Mataram has been overused and if you really need an ending that talks about national integration etc, this one more than does your job!

Now all there is left to do is pray. Pray that this concert comes alive!


21 thoughts on “The Perfect AR Rahman Concert – Part II

  1. I am going to listen to all these songs now..I can already feel my work day is going to be awesome!

    wow..superb collection n will definitely pray! :)

    if this concert does really happen…and I am present..I think I will die and go to music heaven! :D


    Adi: Hehe, I know!


  2. PS: i prefer yakkai thiri to fanaa..the lyrics are more beautiful

    Adi: The lyrics are quite complicated. Someone explained them to me when it had come. You knew?!


  3. *Prays to God hoping this comes true, and hopes he manages to get tickets to it too*
    And I’m glad you included Aathangara Marame – I sing-along out loud the opening sequel every time I play the song! Great post(s)! :D


    1. And a few adds (if I might):
      Lukka Chuppi (RDB), just as Ram had recommended
      Thoda Thoda (Indra)
      Chinna Chinna Mazhai Thuligal (En Swasa Katre)
      Mettu Podu (Duet)
      No problem (Love Birds), purely for concerts’ sake
      Chotta Chotta Nanayudu (Taj Mahal)
      Kannamoochi Yenada (Kandukondaen Kandukondaen)
      And one of his new songs, Kuru Kuru Kan from Couple’s retreat is pretty nice. Do try them in case you haven’t already!

      Adi: Ohh, interesting list! It’s just that whatever fantasy list we make, something goes amiss.


  4. Thank you, now I don’t have to go searching youtube :-)

    btw, a colleague tells me that ARR was flown over to Philippines, where the Indian Embassy threw a Diwali bash for all dignitaries and he sang! She had no idea who he was, but said he was humble and very nice. :-)

    Adi: Really? I didn’t know. He has another concert coming up in Hyd. It’s tomorrow.


  5. excellent collection..
    i wud suggest pennalla song from uzhavan..
    an excellent song which went unnoticed…

    Adi: Yep, very few people know that it’s Rahman.


  6. I had goosebumps by just reading this post. Imagine listening them live!!!! Awesome list there, man.

    First thing I’m going to do once I go home – listen Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru in full volume :)

    Adi: :)


  7. awesome list!!! if this concert does happen, and they assure this is the list of songs with proper singers and orchestra i will spend whatever fortune i have, do whatever i can to attend this one!!! great collection!!!

    Adi: I know, the variety of singers itself is pure joy.


  8. This Rahmania thingie seems evergreen (though I doubt that I’ve arrived at RRP yet, tin ears and all). Boy, do I love luxuriating in lists other people take all the trouble putting together! (And like SK above, I too have a thing for the Karuthama song; it was blasted on music systems in the girls’ hostel during that all-too-rare occasion when it rained cats and dogs in that deserted part of the world.) :-D

    “how does the whole world conspire“… Now, now. Why is everyone big on the “C” word since “Caturday?” Let’s blame Amrita!

    Adi: Not arrived at RRP yet? Hmph! Lol, I don’t think am caught up with the C word as much as Amrita seems to have!


    1. Hee hee. The closest I’ve ever come to RRP is Rahman’s Rehnuma Paattu (not the “Blue” one; this one, from a God-forsaken flop of a Vijay movie — talk about buried treasures! And “have you ever listened to this song in full volume, in a super awesome sound system with a sub woofer and all that jazz?”).


  9. Thats a pretty sweet list of songs. I’m thinking that a song from Lagaan is needed as well – but mostly because I have heard the unplugged version of ‘Ghanan ghanan’ at a concert. Mindblowing.

    Rahman Realization Point: brilliant. Now I must write a post about something like this.


  10. Have you listened to Sakiye nee thaan Thunaiye? I think that was one another gem [underrated word] that went unnoticed.

    On the topic of thenmerku, why not Porale ponnuthaiyi? :)

    Why Not Style from Sivaji? I have never ever heard Reggae performed so well.

    Kaiyil Mithakkum Kanava Nee from ratchakan?

    Azhagae Suagama from parthale paravasam?

    on the topic of Iruvar, PooKodiyin punnagai ?

    i know its so tought to compile a List ! thats why i have the entire discography with me all the time .. :)

    but You made my day – very nice list!


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