AR Rahman enthrals music buffs at Doha concert

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AR Rahman enthrals music buffs at Doha concert

Oscar winning Indian music composer and singer AR Rahman enthralled a 20000-strong crowd at the Khalifa International Stadium (KIS) on Friday, with the audience swaying and dancing to his popular numbers like Jai Ho...Jai Ho.

The iconic Khalifa International Stadium was crowded even hours before the scheduled opening of the concert. 

Rahman appeared on the stage in a glittering silver and black-coloured jacket to thunderous applause.

Rahman started the concert with his latest popular compositions from Hindi and Tamil songs. Held as part of Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019, the concert was organised by Katara Studios.


Khalifa International Stadium pitch turned into a giant 90-metre-long stage with 80 artistes performing live simultaneously, a first of its kind experience for many in Doha. 

Large LED screens were put up around the stage to ensure the audience got a memorable up-close view of the maestro. 

Rahman was joined for the concert by popular Indian playback singer Udit Narayan Jha, award-winning singer Shweta Mohan, Carnatic vocalist, playback singer and musician Haricharan Seshadri, A R Rahman’s sisters and popular singers from the South Indian film industry Rehana and Ishrathquadhre, playback singer from the Malayalam film industry Alphons Joseph, Bollywood playback singer Javed Ali, singer and actor Benny Dayal, Indian film score composer Ranjit Barot, Rahman’s troupe singer Dilshad Shabbir Ahmed Shaikh and Indian-born Canadian singer Jonita Gandhi.

Compositions of Qatari musician Dana Alfardan was another highlight of the programme.