|Yuvan Shankar Raja with Ministry of Tourism People in Malaysia for Concert|
Performing live in Malaysia is a dream come true for acclaimed Indian movies composer Yuvan Shankar Raja who had harboured such hopes since young. His inspiration came from watching his father, world acclaimed Indian composer-singer Illayaraja, performing in Malaysia decades ago. Citing his childhood memory of travelling to Malaysia with his mum to attend his father’s concert, the 33-year-old said; “It is an honour. I am privileged to come back again, only this time to perform in Malaysia.
“It is like being home, away from home,” he added. Yuvan said he was overwhelmed and honoured by the support of the Malaysian government and his fans in Malaysia. “I’m truly honoured and humbled by the warm welcome and splendid hospitality extended to my crew and I to make my show here a successful one,” he told reporters yesterday. More than 35,000 fans are expected to storm Stadium Bukit Jalil this Saturday to witness Yuvan at the inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Indian Music Festival (KLIMF) 2012.
Hosted by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) under the Tourism Ministry, the renowned musician, singer and composer will be performing live for the first time in the first-ever mega Indian concert in the country. The 12 hour Yuvan Live @ KLIMF 2012 marathon festival, starting from 12 noon to 12 midnight is expected to draw crowd from both local and abroad.
The youngster’s idol who have composed songs for blockbuster movies like Mankatha and Billa 2, will set the stage ablaze from 8pm onwards. Among his popular songs include Yedho Ondru and Adada Mazhada (from the movie Paiya), Iragai Poley (Naan Mahaan), Loosu Penne Loosu Penne (Vallavan) and Mun Paniya (Nandha). Known also as the Indian “Rockstar” and “Youth Icon of Tamil Film Music” Yuvan said, “There’s going to be alot of dare devil stunts at the biggest concert to date and fans shall await to be taken aback.”
Yuvan added that the pre-production work for the concert began last year and he has went through a series of training for the past one year. He will be backed by a 35 member orchestra as well as acclaimed singers like Udit Narayanan, Haricharan, Swetha Pandit and Grammy award winner, Tanvi Shah. His father, Illayaraja, who has created record as the first Indian composer and first Asian to score a symphony for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, will also be attending the concert.
Also, legendary actor Kamal Hassan will make a guest appearance along with other top South Indian film stars including Dhanush, Karthi, Jiiva, Arya, Prasanna, Sneha, Krishna, Premji, Dhiviya Spandana and Laxmi Rai. Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the support given to KLIMF@2012 was a show of the government’s sensitivity and pro-active approach to the various needs and aspirations of the Indian community residing in Malaysia.
“I am very pleased with the overwhelming response from Yuvan’s fans in Malaysia and all around the world including Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore and more.” “This will definitely boost tourist arrivals and generate publicity for Visit Malaysia Year 2014,” she added. She said the number of tourist from India has increased from 341,000 tourist (Jan-Jun 2011) to 365,000 tourist this year (Jan-Jun 2012).
“We believe with Yuvan’s concert, the number of tourist will rise as well,” she added.