It’s fit for a king. Top-notch musicians from across the country get together for a Michael Jackson tribute concert, Heal the World, in the city on August 29, at the Wesley School Grounds, Royapettah.
The line-up of performers includes Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Siddharth and Raman Mahadevan, Srinivas, Benny Dayal, Karthik, Sunitha Sarathy, Suresh Peters, Blaaze, Naresh Iyer, Suchitra, Suvi Suresh and Haricharan.
Eminent Western music artistes such as Timothy Madhukar, Anu Cheyur, Mili, Sanjeev Thomas, Roshni, Kavitha Belagi, Andrea Jeremiah, the MMA choir and Pratika will be part of the show.
Viji Cheyur, Rahul Gopal, Allwyn, Natasha Pinto, Keba, Leon James, Arjun Cheyur, Selvaganesh, Umashankar, Sudhin Prabhakar, Jim Satya, Mishko and Mathew will also perform.
The concert, being organised by the Rotary Club of Chennai Coastal, coincides with the King of Pop’s birthday and proceeds from the show will go to the Autism Society of India.
Says Pravin Mani, musical director and producer of the show, “MJ’s passion, talent, songs and involvement with humanitarian causes have etched a permanent mark on my mind. This is my salute to him and my sincere effort to help autistic children. Heal the World will be one of the biggest Western music concerts here.” The show will be choreographed by John Britto and features performers from the JB Dance Academy.
The costumes are designed by Priya Rajesh. The three-hour performance will be a glitzy event, featuring some of the best technical talent, including audio engineer KJ Singh and Michael, visual director Shiran Mather. The sound and light production is handled by Reynolds from Bangalore. The event is managed by Exodus.
Donor passes are available at Hi Style, Landmark, Gangotree, Mocha and Zara. For passes and enquiries call 26283056. To book passes online log on to www.bookmyshow.com.
I’d like to wish the organisers of the ‘Heal The World’ tribute all the best. MJ was a great man who believed in great causes-A.R. Rahman
MJ’s ‘Thriller’ changed my life forever. To me, he is the greatest entertainer who ever lived-Suresh Peters (singer/drummer/composer)
Sadly mistaken and tormented when alive, this show will be a healing for all MJ fans to come out and support his love for music, peace, integration and children- Sunitha Sarathy (singer)
For me, MJ is immortal. Two days after hearing the sad news of his demise, the only way I could express myself was to write a song for him — ‘One King’. And, I’m looking forward to performing it at the tribute-Blaaze (rapper)
The only artiste who redefined both studio production and live performance. He was truly a phenomenon-Karthik (singer)
MJ and his music are timeless. He is the reason for who I am today-Benny Dayal (singer)
MJ is probably the only artiste who has had such tremendous success experimenting with a wide range of genres. His ability to push limits is unparalleled-Timothy Madhukar (singer/composer)
MJ invented his own steps, and made an entire generation groove. We are honoured to be part of a show that recreates some of his magic-John Britto (choreographer)
He was a gentle soul blessed with almost limitless talent. We salute a true artiste who evolved a unique style against all odds- Sudhin Prabhakar (guitarist)
His death is the biggest loss to music. I, for one, have grown up listening to his music and learnt so much-Tanvi Shah, singer
MJ was an absolute powerhouse who created a musical revolution with his distinct style. He will always be an inspiration to musicians and aspirants- Naresh Iyer (singer)
He is an institution that redefined all aspects of music. The show is for a great cause, and we are proud to be part of this tribute-Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sidharth Mahadevan (music directors / singers)