Rahman’s romantic ballads steal Delhi hearts

New Delhi: Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman stole many hearts with his romantic numbers like “Dil Se” and “O Humdum Suniyo Re” during a jam-packed concert here.

The show, which was a part of this year’s edition of the multi-city music festival NH7 Weekender, today took place at Dwarka’s mela ground amid high security.

This year of the festival includes a starry line-up of musicians like famous international DJ Mark Ronson and American thrash metal band Megadeath besides Rahman.

“When I checked the line-up yesterday after arriving here, I thought what am I doing here. It has such an interesting line-up and also felt the whole generation of music has changed. Hope you will enjoy me. God bless you,” Rahman said before the concert.

Dressed in a shimmery suit, the “Jai Ho” composer was greeted on stage amid loud cheer from the audience, which comprised mostly of youngsters.

He began his performance with romantic number “Only You” followed by the title track of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dil Se”.

The 48-year-old composer, who is known for working with emerging talents, also gave opportunity to new singer Shaswat Singh who set the mood right with his first Bollywood rendition “Wat Wat Wat” from the recent release, “Tamasha”.

Before moving to one of his famous Bollywood albums, “Rockstar”, the Mozart of Madras said, “In a concert like this, you need to have a rockstar.”

Rahman sang almost all the numbers from the Imtiaz-Ali directed 2011 film, be it the high-pitched “Nadan Parinde” or the soothing “Jo Bhi Main”.

He also crooned hit compositions from his other Bollywood albums like “Highway” and “Saathiya”.

Besides his Hindi numbers, the music composer also enthralled the audience with a Tamil number from his latest collaboration with veteran filmmaker Mani Ratnam.