Tonight A.R. Rahman is going to rock the stage with his Sufi Choir. Organizers say that this is his first performance with his Sufi Choir ever.
The much awaited Dubai Sufi Weekend presented by Du Live in association with HTC has kick started with the arrival of all three musical prodigies in the UAE. The performing artists made an appearance and addressed the media, unraveling insights on their upcoming performances at a press conference event held yesterday at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
Legendary musician and composer, AR Rahman will be seen performing alongside his Sufi choir for the very first time, bringing his music excellence to Dubai on the 18th of December, followed by equally captivating performances on the 19th of December by the voice behind some of the most popular Hindi film songs & Ghazals, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Bollywood playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan.
AR Rahman said: “The philosophy and teachings of Sufis has influenced my music and made me look at my inner self in more depth. Songs like Khwaja Mere Khwaja, Maula and Kun Faaya Kun have found a deep connect with so many of you. This connect and the love of people has enabled me to embark on a new journey, moving away from my routine of romantic and dance-oriented compositions, and perform for Dubai, the Sufi songs I have composed for films and a few covers of the masters of Qawwali. I’m looking forward to my first Sufi concert in Dubai. “
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said: “Sunidhi and I are coming together on stage for the very first time, it will be a very unique experience not just for us but for the Dubai audience and we are sure to set the stage on fire “
Sunidhi Chauhan said: “I am excited to be part of what promises to be a truly unique experience. I can’t wait to meet my fans in Dubai and sing for them my beautiful love songs, and this time, unplugged, whilst also sharing the stage with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – something I have never done before.”
Some interesting facts about the three Dubai Sufi Weekend musical prodigies:
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A.R. Rahman’s Oscar-winning song Jai Ho was originally composed (but not used) for Salman Khan-starrer Yuvraaj
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performed the popular qawwali ‘Allah Hu’ at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday where India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai shared the award. This is the second ever time a Pakistani has performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Legendary Indian classical singer Lata Mangeshkar rated Sunidhi Chauhan as the ‘Numero Uno’ as far as singing is concerned
Sunidhi Chauhan began to sing at the age of four
Rahman, in his childhood, dreamt of being a computer engineer, since he was fascinated by electronic gadgets and technology. Fortunately, for music lovers he didn’t go down that road
Sunidhi Chauhan made her International debut with the song Heartbeat (Indian Mix) in collaboration with Enrique Iglesias
A.R. Rahman runs his own music school named KM Music Conservatory in his home state Tamil Nadu
In 2012 Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan won “International Artist of the Decade” award at the UK Asian Music Awards.A.R. Rahman was originally named A. S. Dileep Kumar at birth[/box]
The performances will take place at Sheikh Saeed Hall at Dubai Trade Center with gates open from 7pm onwards. Tickets are priced at AED 195, AED295, AED395, AED495, AED750 and table packages available from AED 1,000.
Tickets can be purchased at:
– Box office in World Trade Center (Hotline number 056 256 3728)
– Online purchase at www.platinumlist.com.
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