AR Rahman at a music event in Bangalore - TOI

Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012,
By P Sangeetha | Place: Bangalore | Agency: TNN (Times of India)

The stage was set and every one gathered was waiting to get a glimpse of one man: Oscar-award winning composer AR Rahman. And the man arrived in style indeed and stayed for around two hours at a music event in the city.

It was the first time that the Mozart of Madras had come to the Garden City for an event organized by the Kannada film fraternity and he was quite delighted with the proceedings. Youngsters shook a leg onstage to some peppy numbers, which set the mood for the evening.

Later, singers including Vijay Prakash, Shweta Mohan and Naresh Iyer enthralled the audience with their performances. Industry veterans like Muniratna, actorpolitician Ambareesh, actor Dwarkish, composer Hamsalekha and actor Ramesh Aravind took the stage to welcome Rahman and, needless to say, the musician was showered with praises by all. We also spotted actor Upendra with his wife Priyanka, as well as Jayamala and her daughter Soundarya.

The event had its hilarious moments too. When the emcee announced that producer K Manju's 'good friend' Muniratna would speak about the film, the audience burst into laughter. After all, Manju and Muniratna were recently at loggerheads over the release of their films. Similarly, when Ramesh Aravind was invited to talk about the film onstage, he sent Kannada actor Dwarkish up instead. Sudeep, who was one of the early birds, went MIA after some time. The event culminated with a tribute to the composer.