Captivating visuals, amazing melodies and spectacular dance numbers.  Slumdog Millionaire composer, A.R. Rahman, sure pulled out all the stops for his electrifying, 3-dimensional Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour in Vancouver.

Dubbed as the Mozart of Madras, A. R. Rahman is known for fusing Eastern and Western musical influences, creating a riveting new sound, and ultimately changing the tone of Bollywood music.  From Bollywood to Broadway (Bombay Dreams), to the unimaginable success of the 2008 Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman has truly built an impressive body of work.

The Jai Ho Concert Review

Despite starting over an hour late (Indian Standard Time), Rahman made up for it in a jam-packed 3-hour concert. The stage was impressively put together and the lighting and visual graphics were an integral part of the entire show.

Every percussion instrument imaginable was heard throughout the night: dhol, tabla, bongo, congo, and taiko drums, just to name a few.

And we must say, our hat is off to the oh-so-talented dancers!  We can’t even imagine how many hours of rehearsing it would take to remember the dance steps to all those songs, and they did it with class.  What’s even more inspiring is the fact that the majority of the 16 dancers were not of Indian descent, but they sure made any classically trained Khattak, Filmy or Bhangra dancer proud.

Highlights also included a special visual appearance by the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, a tribute to Michael Jackson, and fellow playback singers Sukhwinder Singh, Hariharan, Chitra, Sadhana Sargam, Blaaze, Naresh Iyer, and Madhushree.

Clad in a pair of jeans and a kurta, A.R. Rahman stole the show every time he stepped foot on stage.  This multi-faceted artist sang and played a variety of instruments including the harmonium, the electric guitar and the piano, but more importantly, A.R. Rahman’s music was full of soul.

Jai Ho Baby!

Story by: Sukhi Ghuman  | Photography by: Aziz Dhamani