DMY Creation manage to pull off a magnificent AR Rahman Musical this year.
The name, Isai Puyal AR Rahman drew a massive crowd with more than 71k people to National Stadium, Bukit Jalil last weekend – 28th January 2023. “AR Rahman – Secret of Success – Live in Kuala Lumpur 2023” can now be deemed the biggest Indian concert that has been held this year.
Where do I even start?
There were a lot of happenings in the almost 4-hour-long concert and even before the concert took place.
Every concert-goers who attended this mass gig came donning various eye-catching attire from Gauthami “Chikku Bukku” inspired outfit look to stylish-chic looks.
Around 3pm, the crowd gradually gets bigger and the queue gets lengthier. In just a few hours, everyone felt like they were in the midst of a mini Thaipusam festival. While waiting, the Weather God tested the loyalty of all Rahmaniac by showering a light rain (I guess Lord Indra was in excitement too). But these devoted fans are irresistible; some came prepared with umbrellas and raincoats, and some even purchased raincoats from the sellers.
Even amid the downpours, scorching heat, and enormous crowds, fans eagerly queue up for hours to see their favourite idol perform live. Nothing seems to have been able to stop the fans.
To boost and hype out the crowd, the organizers brought out the Malaysian Urumi Melam team to entertain the supporters waiting in the lengthy, snake-like queue. Besides, there were moving vendors selling food and drinks to keep spectators engaged both inside and outside the stadium.
Around 8.15 pm, the stadium was filled with thousands of people from all around the world. The host of the night, Maaran, had an interaction session with the concertgoers, and some revealed they had travelled all the way from the Netherlands and some from other foreign countries just to witness AR Rahman’s live music. The way the fans extended their love to Isai Puyal was just mind-blowing.
The Arrival of the Leader, Our Beloved Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, our honorable Prime Minister and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, our Prime Minister’s lovely wife along with Dato Mohamed Yusoff, the founder and Chairman of DMY Creation stamped their grand entry at the National Stadium. The crowd welcomed them enthusiastically, cheering, clapping, and lauding to the leaders arrival. The concert was also attended by the Minister of Communications and Digital, Fahmi Fadzil.
At 8 pm sharp, the legendary Indian percussionist, Drums Sivamani came into the stage donning a black glitter-glimmery blazer, started the show with a variety of instrument performance. A great opening INDEED!
Isai Puyal AR Rahman Glorious Oscar Entry
A group of brilliant dancers started the show, riling up the heat among the crowd before the main show. The man of the night, AR Rahman sealed everyone’s attention with his Oscar winning song, Jai Ho as the starter, chaperoned by all the singers. Experiencing it live with his outstanding band members was truly mind-blowing. Hariharan, Shweta Mohan, Haricharan, Rakshita Suresh, Jonita Gandhi, Hriday Deepak Gattani, and many more, rendered their flawless performances during the show. In addition to this amazing evening, the legend’s heir, AR Armeen, was also spotted making his stage debut in Malaysia. He passionately covered songs like O Sayya, Secret of Success, and Mustafa.
AR Rahman sang, danced, grooved, vibed and enjoyed the entire show last weekend! It was definitely a SIGHT to behold!
The music composer’s Dil Se Re solo performance is just soulful and compelling that makes every fans move…and even the stage. The moment was just an absolute delight to witness when he hit the chorus while his stage was being lifted up. (Exhilarating view)
The band and musicians deserve a special recognition. Each of them gave a fantastic performance that night, ripping the stage and souls of every concertgoer. It was simply enthralling and exciting.
Massive kudos to our Malaysian Production Team
The visuals and audio that Team Sound & Light (M) Sdn Bhd delivered that night was astounding. It’s an A+ presentation from our fellow Malaysians. Especially, the visuals for Singappeney, Ponni Nadhi, Hayati, Azhagiye Marry Me and Adheera was remarkable. Little that everyone has probably noticed, the stage lighting was literally moving from the waves and music presented by our Indian pride. Additionally, DMY Creation’s fireworks show made the evening even more fabulous. (It was breathtaking)
Team Sound & Light (M) Sdn Bhd have even crafted their name in the Malaysia Book of Records for organising the Largest Concert Production. (Well deserved)
Dancers’ dazzling and energetic dancing, as well as exquisite aerial performances, added to the splendour of the musical performance. Due to the lack of screen time given to them, the dancers couldn’t be seen but nevertheless, they were truly phenomenal.
The Stellar of the Night, Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza’s Munbe Vaa Rendition, was just out of the world!
The stadium was filled with the aesthetically pleasing voice of the Malaysian Diva, Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza. The high notes that Datuk Siti sang, left everyone with goosebumps. High notes, Tamil pronunciation, and singing were all seamlessly clean. It was PERFECT!
The surreal moment was dreamlike to the extent that she received 71k standing ovations with deafening applause.
The next day, Siti shares an Instagram story of her daughter singing to this Tamil song. This quickly gained traction on social media platforms, even capturing the attention of AR Rahman himself. He even reshared this cute story posted by Siti.
So cute 💕, even Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza daughter memories the song 🏻😂 @sheryaghoshaI#SitiNurhaliza #MunbeVaa#ARRahmanLiveInMalaysia pic.twitter.com/nkP5KHFORg
— ♠️ 𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒑𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒔 ♠️ (@imazar_) January 30, 2023
AR Rahman gives everyone an euphonious glimpse of Raagas
He showcased around 11 Raagas featuring his songs from Alai Kadal to Ottagattae Kattiko. The whole rendition was spellbinding chaperoned by the brilliant singers.
The LAST FIVE
The last five songs towards the end were BANGERS! The whole crowd stood and sang all the way. These were some of the 90’s Tamil Hit songs from the Isai Puyal; Secret of Success and Mustafa Mustafa was the highlight as fans were seen singing and vibing in groups. AR Rahman wrapped up the concert with his Award-Winning song, Vande Mataram, as he paid his special tribute to his motherland, India. (This was such an emotional moment, and teary eyes can be seen from the man himself and also the audiences).
Yes, the concert was an absolute delight for all Rahamanians, but there were complaints flooding all over social media from concertgoers due to alleged management mishaps.
The crowd management could have been improved. With 71k over people attending the concert, DMY Creation could have considered deploying more crew members and volunteers. Most of the attendees were seen ranting on social media on how they were lost looking for the direction and the lengthy queue lines at the respective gates.
Next, while waiting for others to enter the stadium, they could have played some ARR hits to blow off steam and hype up the crowd. Only the host was seen passing the time by interacting with the audience. However, it still didn’t seem to have lessened the audience’s boredom.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s entry could have been better. All of a sudden, people were seen cheering until the big screen showed him entering the stadium. They could have considered playing any song or BGM for the leader’s entry, but it was just him and his wife walking towards the seat, chaperoning to the cheering and clapping sounds of the concertgoers.
It was already 8.20pm, but a lot of people seemed lost looking for seats. People who were standing ended up sitting on the stairs because the zones were already completely occupied.
With that all being said, this is the debut concert of DMY Creation. They deserve big ups for pulling off such a big event and bringing the iconic figure to Malaysia. Thank you DMY Creation.
Taking all the complaints into account, DMY Creation’s founder and chairman, Dato Mohamed Yusoff released a video addressing all the criticisms they received.
Likewise, we hope that DMY Creation will return stronger with more fantastic concerts and show.
Last but not least, a big THANKS to Isai Puyal for bestowing Malaysians with your MAGIC!
Check out the glimpse that we captured during the concert here:
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