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A.R. Rahman Reviews


Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 12



5.0 star rating Kalki from Houston, Texas


The grand venue was only surpassed by the artist on centerstage - A R Rahman. First, the venue - A superb mix of colors, technology, comfort and scale, makes this one of the best venues for concerts in the USA. I have been to a fair share of those around the country and this has to be at the top of the list. Then, the performer - A R Rahman. Not enough has been said about the genius of the man. With a simple warm-up and a modest introduction (considering the rock-star status), he embraced the audience and led all through a fantastic performance. Must be second nature to him and the artistes, but for the audience it was fresh and exhilarating. He has a little bit of the Ray Charles moves when he is at the piano with his glasses on. That adds to the mystique. The sufi songs were a nice break, particularly with aesthetic and stunning background visuals. Percussions were a highlight, though almost outdone by the sitar. Overall, an absolute blast of an evening, gaining lots of memories.

5.0 star rating Sebastian from Houston, Texas


Summary: Brilliant performance. The concert started late, which seemed like the norm, when you consider the number of people waltzing in more than half-an-hour past the start time. This was a shame and reinforces the notion of lack of punctuality when it comes to Indian events. But, that turned out to be the only black spot. From the intro, to the medley to the rousing Sitar-Piano combination to lovely finish, this was a concert planned and executed to perfection. ARR was in full control and poise and had the pulse of the audience all the time. With his volume of work, it is difficult to pick a bad song. He did a wonderful job with the mix of languages - Tamil, Hindi - Telugu - Urdu etc - catering to every group in the audience. The gimmick with the virtual percussion could have done with a bit more introduction as most of the audience were wondering what's going on with the sign language. Ranjit, Neeti, Sitarist, Mano, and all the performers did their portions brilliantly. Thank you

5.0 star rating AnnMarie Singh from San Francisco, California


A genius, loved the musicians and show. Very professional. Expected much better from Oracle Arena, one door open 30 minutes late, 19,000 let in through one door. Cattle herd. show was 1 hour late,Same thing getting out. Stuck in parking lot one hour dead stop. Why, one exit only. I am a season ticket holder warriors, never have this problem. Great Artist, Unfortunate.

5.0 star rating Shef from Fox Theatre, Atlanta


Fox theatre, Atlanta show was incredible. We purchased the best PIT seats and we also got a chance to fist bump ARR, Jonita and Haricharan. Last 40 minutes was a blastttr! Thank you guys for letting us stand by the stage and see everyone perform.. it was a dream come true! Loved it!

5.0 star rating Malane Silver from Washington, District of Columbia


A.R. Rahman @ Wolf Trap Park, Vienna, Va. was truly a Tantalizing Show! This was like seeing Yanni on Steroids ! Lead guitarist really rocked as did the flutist. 3 female vocalists balanced A.R. Rahman’s stunning lyrics ! Light Show was the icing on the cake.

3.0 star rating AK Agarwal from Austin, Texas


AR Rahma’s mysic is always fantastic. But the live performance just didn’t hit the spot. There were too many screen promos. Screen overshadowed the live performers. Musicians were almost invisible. Very few classics. No energy on the stage. I am not against languages but the expectation was for Bollywood Hindi music but it ended up being more of a non-Hindi performance that left a large portion of the audience left disconnected.

3.0 star rating Varm from Detroit Mi


It’s good if we knew what language songs he is going to perform . Don’t get me work I speak Hindi and Tamil . But as a telugu speaker I expected equal amount respect as 35% tickets sold to telugu speaking folks . I personally like him but concert must have also focused on telugu songs

2.0 star rating Shrenik from Atlanta, Georgia


A R Rahman concert was a dream for me but I was very disappointed. 3 reasons 1) song selection was poor - didnt play classics like nadaaan parindey, roja 2) 50% was tamil - good chunk of audience was disconnected and disappointed. 3) poor stage energy. No crescendo in end

2.0 star rating Ritu from Atlanta, Georgia


The show started 45 minutes late in Atlanta. There were no announcements regarding delay. Audience kept shouting. There was no host to welcome or to say bye. Very few hindi songs with most of the songs in Tamil. Could not enjoy as I don't speak or understand Tamil. Very few musicians on stage and show ended early. Hope they make improvements considering the price we pay for ticket. I enjoyed hindi songs but still not happy due to these reasons. Show should be executed more professionally and should consider all types of audience.

2.0 star rating Smrithi from MI


First of all, let me start by addressing the other reviews that say there were too many Tamil or Telugu songs. It might help to realize that ARR is a tamilian and his body of work extends far beyond Bollywood so if you're really a fan, you might want to listen to his best songs in Indian languages outside of Hindi...Music is the common language. The concert was disappointing because the performances were disconnected with very few actual hits. Seems inexcusable to sing unimpressive songs at an ARR concert, he's made the best music of our generation. Sound balance wasn't great and Rakshita's mic did her no justice. Zero chemistry between the artists and they each sang songs that didn't suit their voices (despite being talented). Some of the male singers were so unimpressive. Hire better vocalists!! There's a raga portion that's good and probably the only thing they thought out. I loved Aao Balma. And certain classics were good to hear eg. dil se re. Overall not worth it though

1.0 star rating from Miami, FL


Not worth it.

1.0 star rating RK from Chicago, IL


One of the most disappointing concert experiences I have ever had. Instead of singing and performing any of his most popular Hindi songs, AR Rahman and troupe either mostly sang Tamil songs or shortened versions of a very few of his Hindi hits but with atrocious pronunciation to the point where the only reason you knew the song was from the music. Seriously, don’t bother to go unless you know Tamil and even then it’s questionable.


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