Over 100 Artists to Pay Tribute to A.R. Rahman in Toronto

Ideal Dreams - A Triubute to AR Rahman - an Ideal Entertainment Production, Sony Centre, Toronto, Canada, February 4, 2017 (CNW Group/Ideal Entertainment)

It seems like there’s no shortage of announcements about unique shows coming to Toronto these days. And the city is enjoying its place on the global stage, more than living up to its reputation of having a vibrant arts scene.

In the midst of the flurry of productions underway, announced just days ago, is Ideal Dreams. This will be the first tribute to A.R. Rahman’s three decades as one of the world’s most prominent and prolific music composers. Taking place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on February 4, 2017, the show will be produced by Ideal Entertainment Inc.

The company promises that they won’t be sparing any expense or effort in recognizing the legacy of the world renowned maestro. With over 100 North American artists set to take the stage, and countless more behind the scenes, it sounds like fans are in for quite the experience.

“The show will be a true testament to Mr. Rahman’s invaluable contributions to film and music. For 25 years he has inspired people around the world to not only push the boundaries of what’s possible but to redefine them. This is at the heart of Ideal Entertainment’s mission and we are honoured to be producing Ideal Dreams” Shaji Nada, CEO of Ideal Group of Companies.

Here’s what Ideal Entertainment has confirmed to date about the show:

A wide range of the performing arts will be integrated (including dance, music, visual arts and musical theatre) and set to A.R.R’s compositions; the musical score will represent his ability to transcend world genres, incorporating tradition and innovation; a live orchestra will perform the score, from start to finish; and this will be a part of the rare opportunity for “fans to watch a production inspired by the musical genius, in his presence”.

That’s right. In. His. Presence. Needless to say there’s much anticipation as we wait for more announcements about Ideal Dreams.

Until then, here’s the latest from the legendary singer-composer—an exciting collaboration with YouTube superstars including Sanam, Shraddha Sharma, Siddharth Slathia, Arjun Kanungo, Jonita Gandhi, Sanah Moidutty, Raaga Trippin and Maati Baani.

You might just recognize Yaara’s tune from “Thalli Pogathey”, the viral hit composed by A.R. Rahman for Gautham Menon’s Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada.




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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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