Oscars 2023: Naatu Naatu Performed Live at the 95th Academy Awards
Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava sang the song at the awards ceremony in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
Naatu Naatu from RRR, which has won the Best Original Song at Oscars 2023, was performed live at the awards ceremony on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, by the original singers Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj. Their vocals were accompanied by a dance performance of American dancers, who were all headlined by ABCD-fame actress Lauren Gottlieb. The Presidential Palace in Kiev, Ukraine, where Naatu Naatu was originally shot, was lit up on the screen present in the background of the stage.
Naatu Naatu was composed by music director MM Keeravani and choreographed by Prem Rakshith. We had earlier announced that Deepika Padukone would be presenting at the Oscars this year. Post the announcement of the Academy Awards for the Best Costume Design Category, the Pathaan-actress made an entry on the stage before the live performance of Naatu Naatu to introduce the song to the audience. Explaining the historic context of RRR and the global popularity the film subsequently garnered, Deepika Padukune closed her statements with the words, “Do you know Naatu? If you don’t know, you are about to!”, welcoming the singers and dancers to take on the stage. The brief performance was received with a standing ovation by the attendees of the Awards ceremony. This performance was, however, not the only time Naatu Naatu was mentioned on the stage. The opening speech of the awards ceremony host Jimmy Kimmel ended with a cheeky mention of the song, with a bunch of dancers doing the hook-step driving him out of the stage in a hilarious fashion.