A Rahmaniac’s dream come true!!!!

Warning: This post will be very long. But, then, if I don’t write a long post for this, for what else will I write? I want to relive every moment.

The Wait:
My sister & I reached Narada Gana Sabha at 4.55 pm itself for the programme that was to start at 6. Hardly 4 or 5 people were there. I approached a person who seemed to be incharge of the seating arrangements & asked him if we would be able to go near Rahman. When he gave me a positive answer that Rahman would be coming at around 6.10 through the side entrance and we may get a good chance of going near him, our excitement doubled up! Since we were told that we would be let in only after 5.30, we roamed around the place looking at the side entrance & thinking of whether we should go in first or we should wait till Rahman comes, see him (after all that was the only reason why we had gone there!), maybe take his photos and then go in. When we came back to the main entrance, we found a queue formed already. There were some 20 of them standing before us in the queue. Counting the minutes, we waited till we were finally let in at 5.50. Entering the auditorium, we found that the first 15 rows were reserved for members and VIPs and also a barrier had been put up to prevent anyone from going to the front. 😦 Finding a place close to a side entrance/exit, we sat down.
After 6.30 or so, someone announced that they were waiting for ‘a very important guest’ to arrive and the programme would start shortly. The concert started at 6.45. Till that time, Rahman had not come and our eyes were only on the side entrance. My sister & I kept on talking about how we could run out when Rahman leaves, get his autograph, etc., etc. (Well, imagining & talking about it itself made us feel so great. Just imagine how we must’ve felt when the whole thing really happened!) We could see people sitting next to us give us strange looks hearing our talks. But, what would Non-Rahmaniacs understand!
After the first song, the host of the evening, Neelu, announced that soon A.R.Rahman would be handing over the first copy of the CD to Shri Vikku Vinayakram. At the mention of Rahman’s name, there was a huge round of applause! It was then that he said that Rahman was still on his way.

The first glimpse of the Man:
At around 7.20 pm, when the third song of the evening was going on, A.R.Rahman entered the auditorium! Our biggest dream got fulfilled at that moment! Thank you, Rahman! As soon as he entered, there was applause (though not a loud one, since Ganesh & Kumaresh were playing at that time). Once Rahman sat down in the first row, people kept on clicking photos standing (or rather kneeling down) very close to him. We were too excited to even move from our seats. Then, we went out through the exit near us & were about to get in through the first side entrance, when two people stopped us & said since some secretary was there, we could go in only after some 10 minutes. But, he assured us that we would indeed be able to go near Rahman after 10 minutes. But, I got a good look at Rahman through the half-opened door.

As close to Rahman as possible:
After 10 minutes, we again came back to the side entrance. This time the person asked us to go in! We literally ran and went close to Rahman! While my sister gave him the autograph book and asked for an autograph which he immediately signed, I knelt down and took this picture of him when he was signing the autograph for someone else:
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Immediately, many people came to get his autograph and it became impossible for us to take a snap with him. After signing a few more autographs with our pen, Rahman gave back the pen to my sister and went to the stage to release the CD. I stood below the stage and took a video-clipping of Rahman in close-up when he was sitting on the stage with Vikku Vinayakram, Ganesh-Kumaresh and a few others. I just couldn’t believe that I was actually standing before him and taking his video!

Back to our seats:
Just before the CD was to be released, someone came and asked everyone standing below the stage to leave. We almost ran back to our place and again took a few snaps and video of Rahman releasing the CD and Rahman and Shri Vikku Vinayakram speaking. But, unfortunately, those have not come out well because of two reasons: One, we were sitting far away from the stage, so I had to zoom as much as possible and couldn’t focus the camera properly and two, I was too excited and couldn’t even hold the camera steadily! But, I guess the programme would be telecast on SS Music channel very soon and you can watch it in that. I will upload the videos very soon.

This is what Rahman spoke:
“Past two months, I have been traveling to like 4 countries. All of them asked me, So why do I live in Chennai? Well I have been thinking…. Well, my house is there, my studio is there….for another reason, we have Ganesh & Kumaresh here. I was sitting there & listening to Sahana it was absolutely amazing….Flightla erangumbodhu edho bore adicha music podaama Ganesh-Kumaresh music poattaanga….Railway stationo everywhere you know let their music be all over India….(some words)….God bless you.”

Bidding adieu to Rahman:
As soon as Rahman got up from the stage to leave, we ran out only to find a crowd waiting near Rahman’s car to meet him. After some 5 minutes or so, Rahman came out and people started applauding and shouting, ‘We love you Rahman!’. Amidst all this crowd, Rahman did sign autographs for a few of them, somehow managed to get into his car and left.

What a moment it was! The feeling is yet to sink in! My sister and I still can’t believe that we actually saw HIM and got his autograph! It all seems like a dream!

 

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21 Comments

  1. Madhavan said,

    February 11, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Aparna,

    I too was there and every moment was exciting…Infact I stepped into his car to get his autograph!!! Even I was there when you were getting his autograph…I’m sure about this because when you both ran from one entrance, I’m the one to ran from the other entrance to take a photo of him…I took the video of his speech in a close range (Just below the stage)…Will upload and let you know…

    Cheers!!!

  2. Mathangi said,

    February 11, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    awesome aparna… lucky you! :):)

  3. Rukesh said,

    February 11, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Hey,

    Thanks for your post.You depicted the same speech here ..without missing a single word.

    Even i was there, i was the second to take his autograph..i was really excited. I could not believe myself that i was close to him. While he was in the car, i went very near to him and told him that GURU songs are awesome and Terebina..is superb… he just smiled.
    From his roja, I got affected by RAHMANIA.

    Kudos to NARADHAGANA SABHA, Carnatic Chills, without them we could not met him as easily as it was yesterday.

    🙂
    Rukesh D

  4. pyarilal said,

    February 11, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    ha Ha ha…I understood your exciting moments…very interesting to read your Carnatic Chills function experience …

    Yes I was there….I’m the Red T shirt ! (pyarilal.com)

    Normally I’m taking photos in Carnatic concerts for carnaticsangeetham.com, so yesterday I went there and I showed my card they allowed me to 6th row (for press people).

    When concert started, I went to sit front of the stage and started to taking photos, after I got the message ARR ji coming bit late….6.45 his car was standing in Kodambakkam signal ! when we were standing out side for to take photo.

    Finally we got the message he entering into NGS….first I taken a snap very close (because he not walking….just rush into hall!)

    I taken lot of photos! So close….

    He given me pose with shri.Vikku’s son ( backside of the stage after function )

    Soon I will upload it … all those photo in my website

    I taken 2 photos when keyboard sathya taking with him and getting autograph… sathya’s father uploaded those pic in his blogspot…

    Check out this
    http://keyboardsathya.blogspot.com

  5. Adiya said,

    February 12, 2007 at 12:45 am

    Hey

    Thats nice 🙂 vdos are gud. nice moments.

    if u have watched Warriors of Heaven & Earth – Music by A.R.R – Chinese movie u may find gud BGMs from a.R.r 🙂
    -a

  6. ranjhith said,

    February 12, 2007 at 9:06 am

    > Rahmaniac
    Nice Innovation! >:O)

    And thanks for those videos. Thats the power of internet. Thanks again. Cheers!

  7. Hell's Angel said,

    February 12, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Exhilarating!! it was isn’t???

  8. Aravind AM said,

    February 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Wow… that’s a great experience!! nice fotos too!

  9. Vanya said,

    February 13, 2007 at 11:06 am

    What a gud luck u have Aparna!!! Thanks 4 posting this msg

  10. February 13, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Hi Aparna !

    Really a good blog, describing every moment of the event.
    Hats off to Aparna 🙂

    I was also there in the function. I too captured some stills and videos. Pl gimme ur comments on my stuff.

    A 3 minute video of the first song:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2030248885176682240

    Our Boss enters the stage – backed by heavy applause:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5519445519394479466

    A close-up video of our Boss:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=39166356126515607

    The stills:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/82429173@N00/385615440/

  11. Aparna said,

    February 13, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Madhavan,
    Don’t forget to let me know as soon as you upload the video. Thanks in advance.

    Mathangi,
    Thanks 🙂 Hope you too get to meet him soon!

    Rukesh,
    Yes, thanks to NGS & Carnatic Chills for making our dream come true!
    Hey, you atleast told him that Guru songs were good and he smiled. All I did was say that We are members of Yahoo Group which I am sure he didn’t hear. In fact, I remember that only now. I was too excited to even open my mouth!

  12. Aparna said,

    February 13, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Pyarilal,
    I saw the photos that you have uploaded. Thanks for the photos.

    Adiya,
    Thanks 🙂 Everytime you are telling me to listen to some songs. 🙂 I am yet to listen to any of those! Will soon listen & let you know.

    Ranjhith,
    Welcome!
    Yes, Rahmaniac is a nice innovation but, I don’t know who invented it!

    Hell’s Angel,
    Yes! Too bad you missed it 😦

  13. Aparna said,

    February 13, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Aravind,
    Thanks. It was indeed a great experience!

    Vanya,
    Thank you.

    Srinivasa Krishnan,
    Thanks a lot!
    Superb photos and videos 🙂 Thanks

  14. Adiya said,

    February 13, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Oh adhu va.. nice catch.
    ur blog portarys a musical personality and i thought of sharing some of the things which i inhaled thats( inline with a.r.r flavor ).

  15. Aparna said,

    February 14, 2007 at 8:11 am

    Adiya,
    Don’t stop sharing. I would love to listen to any good music. It’s just enakku pidichcha, therinja songsaye kaettu mudikka time illa 🙂 I will spend some to listen to all the songs that you have said till now. Who knows I may like all those….

  16. adiya said,

    February 14, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Okies i can blade u with the numbers. take it which ur like 🙂

  17. Madhavan said,

    February 14, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Aparna,

    I prepared a video using the snaps I took combined with ARR’s unforgettable music bits…Please see below link…Audio will start after 8 seconds…At the end of the video, you will see a person in Brown shirt leaning into ARR’s car with a reynolds pen…That’s me!!! Later, I went the other side of the car and stepped one foot into the car to get his autograph – I said to him, “You are really great sir, you are so simple, tell us how to be like you?”..He looked at me and gave a big smile as the car progressed…!!! Wonderful moments all over and I will sure celebrate Feb 10th every year!!!..Ok link to the video is below. Do keep in touch…Cheers,
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5646708936680193644&pr=goog-sl

  18. bhumit taunk said,

    February 14, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    hii…nice to hear abt ur experience and the efforts u put in to meet rahmanji…its only a rahmanic whom it means so much….i m in gujarat and sometime bak i was a mumbai n i met sir on the music launch or rang de basanti and to my surprise even got a chance to speak with him for a min,though a min was like a long conversation to mee and even at guru’s lauch i could meet him…he is a gentleman in himself..very composed and humble…god bless him…its always a dream to c n meet him again n again…rest fine here….keep in touch…regards

  19. Aparna said,

    February 15, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Madhavan,
    Thanks for the video!
    I will also celebrate February 10th every year surely 🙂

    Bhumit,
    You met him twice! That’s great!

  20. Surveysan said,

    March 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

    interesting. 🙂

  21. Ashok said,

    June 12, 2013 at 3:57 am

    ” We could see people sitting next to us give us strange looks hearing our talks. But, what would Non-Rahmaniacs understand! “. haha.. gud one. If i meet rahman in person, i dont worry
    to die that day itself..


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