It may sound like an outlandish amount for a concert ticket, but for fans of AR Rahman in the US, $1,050 (approximately Rs 50,000) is a small price to pay to watch the maestro in action.
During Rahmanâ€™s world tour concerts in the US, tickets for a special enclosure called the Jai Ho Circle, cost $1,050.
The tickets promise a hassle-free, green-carpet entry with non-alcoholic drinks and choiciest snacks served at the concert. Though the cheapest ticket for the show costs $54.40, Hindu activist in the US, Rajan Zed, has urged Rahman to further lower the price to $20 so that all his fans can enjoy it â€˜in these times of recessionâ€™.
But, according to the organisers, the show is already a sell out. â€œI doubt if any seat will be left available at any of the concerts; all the tickets are sold out in the US,â€ said Aroon Shivdasani of Indo-American Arts Council, which is selling the tickets.
Called Jai Ho – The Journey Home, the concert kicks off in New York on June 11. The last concert of the series is at Londonâ€™s Wembley Stadium on July 5.
Delhi-based designer Ritu Beri has designed 300 outfits for the tour. â€œIâ€™ve tried to merge the heritage and traditions of India, adding modernity to the presentation,â€ said the designer. The costumes, inspired by yoga and classical dances, will have LED display for a disco-like effect. The stage show will include four troupes of dancers and Cirque du Soleil acrobats and other special performances.
Look who met with Rahman
During Rahmanâ€™s practice session in Los Angeles, Michael Jacksonâ€™s brother Jermaine Jackson, and MJâ€™s son Prince, reportedly paid him a surprise visit. Prince told Rahman that he is a big fan of his song, Jai Ho. Rahman reportedly has extended a personal invitation to the Jasksons to his concert.