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Music review: Bollywood composer A R Rahman's Gardens by the Bay gig disappointing

Published on May 1, 2014 1:49 PM

I wanted this to be a rah-rah Rahman review. Really, I did.

After all, Oscar-winning Indian composer A.R.Rahman's third concert in Singapore had been much-hyped before it arrived. But, alas, when it finally arrived on Wednesday, April 30, it elicited a less than enthusiastic reaction in me.

Yes, the gig was bigger. As promised, there were more singers, dancers, costumes and set changes. Bigger, however, is not always better.

There were more people in the lawns at Gardens By The Bay, than at the maestro's Singapore Indoor Stadium gig in 2005, as well as the Marina Bay Sands' outing in 2011. But gone was the real sound of music. The magic Rahman is known for, was clearly missing.

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