Music maestro AR Rahman surprises 1,000 girls

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 19 January 2018: In a rare celebration of music and the resonant power of master virtuoso, AR Rahman, girls from Gems Our Own English High School, Dubai came together for a grand ode to the noted composer and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the school’s opening, anchoring it as one of the nation’s great institutions.

The live performance, set under the backdrop of Rajmahal Theatre at the Bollywood Parks Dubai, was a planned activation organised by Brother’s Incorporated in anticipation of AR Rahman’s forthcoming concert, The Journey: A Celebration of Music.

However, unbeknownst to the girls, school staff and principal, Rahman chose to make an unannounced appearance, leaving everyone on site completely astonished.


Brought together by Kevin Oliver, Group Cultural Coordinator, Gems Education, the group of 1,000 girls, aged between 5 and 17 performed ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’, one of India’s most popular patriotic songs of all time.

“The performance was truly soul stirring! To imagine that 1,000 talented girls, came together to perform one of my favourite compositions, beautifully, is a moment I will cherish forever,” said Rahman.

Kevin, known for his irreplicable attention to detail, stated that over three months in the making, this choral production, was a heartwarming tribute to the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer.

“AR Rahman himself is a legend and is frequently seen as a conduit for connecting the world through his music. His work has crossed continents, filled millions with joy, and cemented the use of melody as a vehicle for love and peace,” said Oliver.

To add to the excitement, Executive Principal, Gems Our Own English High School – Dubai, Thomas Mathew, said: “It’s an honour to see our students get on and perform a song that symbolises the profound power of positivity! The track has always been a beacon of hope and accurately reflects the values we try to instil in our students”.

AR Rahman’s concert is slated to take place on the 26th of January 2018 at the Concert Arena at Bollywood Parks Dubai.


Concert Title: The Journey: Celebrating Music
Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018
Venue: Bollywood Parks Dubai
Time: Gates Open at 6pm, Showtime is from 9pm-11:30pm
Event Organizers: Brothers Incorporated