Arya Canada Brings Kollywood Rock Star Anirudh to Toronto


Behind Woods has called him the man of the moment. has declared him to be a sensational hit maker. And there’s no questioning it—we are watching something incredible unfold for the youngest composer in the Tamil film industry.

Anirudh Ravichander burst onto the scene in 2011 with a viral sensation that is still making its mark. In early October, nearly 4 years after the song first hit the airwaves, “Why This Kolaveri Di became the highest viewed Indian video on YouTube with over 99 million views. The views of fan made tributes to the song by way of covers, flash mobs and parodies sits at around 500 million. So much for 25 sitting on 25 mill. Anirudh is smashing records while crossing boundaries and genres.

The celebrated composer recently marked his birthday with music lovers everywhere by releasing one of his most anticipated soundtracks of the year. His work for Ajith’s Vedalam, aka Thala56, marks another Kollywood legend that he has created hits with. It’s also his latest in a series of collaborations through which he has introduced a famed artist to Tamil cinema; in this case Badshah for “Aluma Doluma”.

2015 has been Anirudh’s winningest year with 5 accolades, and many nominations, to his credit in the categories of Best Music Director, Best Background Score and Favourite Song from the Edison Awards, South Indian International Movie Awards, Vijay Awards and Filmfare Awards South. He received two of his Best Music Director nods for Kaththi. And if you’ve heard the soundtrack, it’s no wonder why. The combination of Vijay and other prominent artists’ vocals set to Anirudh’s compositions never fails to get fans singing and dancing.

Talent runs deep in Anirudh’s family, as his father is an actor, his mother is a dancer and you might just know his uncle, Rajinikanth, or his cousin and her husband, Aishwarya and Dhanush. Being surrounded by so much inspiration it’s easy to see how he would have developed his love for music and has been inspired to create such an extraordinary range of mass hits and melodic tunes.

Anirudh recently sang his first Kannada song for the upcoming film Jwalantham, adding to his repertoire that includes Tamil, Hindi and Telegu songs. His versatility has led to a steady stream of invitations to be featured on soundtracks and it’s not uncommon to see him make a cameo in films he composes for.

There’s no doubt that this is Anirudh’s year and fortunately for fans in Toronto, he’s chosen the 6ix to be the backdrop for his next concert. On December 12th he will be performing, alongside his team of 30 talented artists, in North America for the very first time and Arya Canada Inc is pulling out all the stops to throw him, and over 4000 of his fans, an unforgettable party.

Anirudh Live In Toronto” will consist of a preshow, “Chance’ey Illai”, that showcases amazing local talent; the main event, a spectacular set of performances by Anirudh and his team; and then it’s lights, cameras, DJs as the official “White Out After Party” begins.

Arya Canada is known for their unique concerts that focus on the fan’s experience. The White Out After Party will be no exception. The Powerade Centre will be flooded with strobe lights and music as world class DJs spin the biggest tunes, adding their own unique touches to the tracks.

Those with floor seats will have the best experience as they won’t be constrained by seat numbers. Instead they will be in a special free flowing space, where they will have lots of room to dance and be closest to all of the stars and action, on and off stage.

Organizers have been working around the clock to meet fans’ demands for early bird tickets which were sold up until yesterday. Advanced tickets are now available and will be sold up to, and including, December 1st. For more details on how to buy your tickets, and take advantage of special advanced ticket rates, click here.

If you’re hoping for a chance to meet Anirudh while he’s in town, you’re in luck! Arya Canada couldn’t bring him all the way to Toronto without giving some of his biggest fans a chance to meet him. Check out the videos below for the dubsmash and selfie contest details and enter today!

Feature image courtesy of Rakesh Prakash Photography.

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Nivethika Thambithurai

Nivethika Thambithurai

Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Nive is a dreamer and writer who loves exploring how Tamil culture varies around the world in fashion, food, films and music.

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