Midway through the concert, Rehman arrived to the loud applause of the audience. First, the lights went on. The sounds boomed soon. Then, he came. And the crowd, nearly 50,000 of them, perhaps, inside the packed Corporation Stadium, got euphoric. It was a dramatic entry for A.R. Rahman to his 'Jai Ho' concert stage, with which he kicked off his world tour following two Oscars.
There were some who wondered if the tickets were not priced a bit too high. But all those doubts vanished by about 6 p.m., when one hour was still left for the scheduled beginning of the show. The stadium was full, with people coming to venue as early as 3 p.m. The gallery was the first to fill up and the spectators there gave the loudest cheers, from the moment they got in. Chants of Jai Ho and Rahman and thunderous applause could be heard almost from the moment they entered the stadium.
And once again, the people of Kozhikode showed the world that they would not let the organisers down, be it football or music.Congratulations are pouring in through phone calls and SMSs for managing spectators who had reached the city from various parts of the State. More than 2,000 policemen from Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Malappuram and Palakkad districts were deployed.