Young Dubai Singer Impresses AR Rahman with Spontaneous Serenade

Published January 17, 2024

In an unexpected twist of events at a movie trailer release in the city, Dubai-based singer and songwriter Celinedee Matahari demonstrated that not even traffic jams could prevent a determined fan from seizing a moment with their idol. Celinedee Matahari, a 15-year-old talent, had been eagerly anticipating a formal meet and greet with the legendary music composer AR Rahman. However, when Rahman found himself delayed by the bustling city traffic, Celinedee took the opportunity to approach him outside the venue itself.

A Viral Musical Tribute

The moment between Celinedee and AR Rahman quickly caught the internet's attention as the young ukulele player asked the renowned composer if she could treat him to her favorite rendition of his work. As soon as she began playing the iconic tune 'Vande Mataram,' Rahman took out his phone to capture the performance, clearly impressed by the young artist's skill. This heartfelt encounter was recorded and has now gone viral, amassing over 2 million views and 180,000 likes on Celinedee's TikTok page, as well as being shared by AR Rahman himself on his Instagram Story.

Celinedee's Passion for Rahman’s Music

Despite her young age, Celinedee has a deep appreciation for AR Rahman's musical genius, enjoying his compositions as far back as 1992's 'Chinna Chinna Asai' to 2006’s 'New York Nagaram.' In fact, just a month prior to their serendipitous encounter, she had performed 'Vande Mataram' at the opening of the Climate Control Awards during COP28 in the UAE, indicating her passion for both Rahman’s music and meaningful global events.

Reflecting on the virality and the support from Indian fans, Celinedee expressed her amazement and gratitude for the whole experience and the acceptance she's received from Rahman's home country. Though it might have been a fleeting moment, it demonstrates the profound impact that music can have in bringing people together, transcending barriers, and creating unforgettable memories – all of which were encapsulated in the brief yet beautiful serenade that caught the attention of AR Rahman and music fans around the world.

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