He is the international music maestro feted the world over for his iconic compositions. His tunes sway millions of music fans to the core of their hearts. Oscar winning living legend A R Rahman paid an exclusive visit to GIIS Queenstown Campus on 17th March and gave the jubilant students of GIIS a superb introduction of his humble yet majestic persona.
At 1pm on 17 March 2011, the auditorium of the Queenstown Campus was filled to maximum capacity with GIIS students and parents, many of whom took time off from work. Never before have children come so early to attend an event nor have they lined up in aisles to get a single opportunity to pose for a picture with someone like this before. This was clearly the most important event and coming on the heels of exam completion, it seemed like a golden chance to see and hear A R Rahman.
The musical genius was received at the GIIS Queenstown Campus by Mr Atul Temurnikar, Mr B G Shenoy, Mr Kaustubh Bodhankar as well as GIIS Senior Management team. Mr Rahman proceeded to garland the statue of Mahatma Gandhi before going to the auditorium. Upon entering the auditorium, he was greeted by a burst of applause from the audience. The programme began with an inspiring performance of 2 songs by the winners of the Global Indian Stars competition from GIIS East Coast and Balestier Campuses. , â€œKehta Hai Mera yeh dil piyaâ€¦â€ from the film- Jeans and â€œIshq bina kya jina yaroâ€¦â€ from the film- Taal. Following this, the singing stars of GIIS Queenstown Campus took to the stage to put in a rousing performance of â€œChinna Chinna Aasai â€“ from the film Roja and the globally popular â€œJai Hoâ€¦â€. The young singers invited Mr Rahman to join them and he picked up his microphone to the erupting screams of the audience who were overcome with joy to witness the very special moment.
In his address to the students, parents and GIIS teachers, Mr Rahman began by saying that it was after a long time that he heard such an innocent version of â€˜Chinna Chinna Asai..â€ and that it was beautiful. He expressed his happiness at being invited to GIIS and said that interacting with the GIIS community had truly
energized him. The experience of being at GIIS had taken him back to his schooldays, he expressed with a smile to the audience. Mr Rahman patiently answered all the questions. He told the audience, â€œI did not struggle for fame, it came to me like a blessing from God. All I wanted to do passionately was my music and everything followed.â€
Mr Rahman was felicitated by Mr Atul Temurnikar who presented him with a memento on behalf of GIIS. Mr Rahman posed for pictures with GIIS students and signed autographs for some of the lucky students.
In a special message for GIIS students, he said
It is a pleasure to meet the students of Global Indian International School in Singapore. From my visit at your campus today, it seems that the school has made excellent efforts to give its students an all-round exposure – most importantly – music. I wish all GIIS students the very best and for all promising singers – Just believe in yourself and you will find endless possibilities of success in your life.