Friday, December 18, 2009

Rahman is 'Entertainer of the year' News

New Delhi, December 18, 2009

A R RahmanOscar winning music maestro AR Rahman has won the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year award 2009 in the entertainment category.

"Rahman has redefined contemporary Indian music and is the pride of the entire nation. He is also an idol to millions for making a mark on the global music arena," Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief, IBN Network 18, said on Thursday.

The other nominees in the category included megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Prince Group of Orissa and Colors Entertainment Channel.

Rahman will be given the award on December 21 at Hotel Taj Palace in the capital. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest at the event.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rap to sufi music Rahman charms Chennai

Rap to sufi music - Rahman charms Chennai

Chennai, Oct 12 (IANS) From rap to fusion, carnatic to sufi double Oscar winner A.R. Rahman used every genre to keep his audience mesmerized at a live concert here.

All roads in Chennai Sunday led to Seekinankuppam village near Mahabalipuram where the concert was organised to raise funds for Shakti Foundation that works for the welfare of the disabled.

The concert, which was a part of Rahman's world tour, brought an eclectic mix of songs right from his debut film "Roja" to the forthcoming release "Blue". Billed as a crowdpuller, the event drew close to 75,000 fans.

"Khalbali", a song from "Rang De Basanti", was a rather laid back starter but soon the maestro who is often called the Mozart of Madras pepped it up by choosing a couple of hits from "Sivaji-The Boss".

The rocking fast numbers were followed by a series of rock and crossover hits and with each rendition the cheers kept growing until they nearly drowned Rahman's voice out.

Other singers like Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam and Benny Dayal too treated the crowd by belting hit numbers composed by Rahman.

An intense performer, Rahman showed no signs of tiredness and his smile stuck to him till the very end. And even after four hours, the crowd couldn't have enough of his music.

The maestro's Oscar winning song "Jai Ho" brought the curtains down on what turned out to be one of the biggest musical events the region has witnessed in recent times.

"If music makes you think, moves you to action; then I think the music is working," Rahman told the crowd.

Marg, a leading construction company, tied up with Rahman for the concert.

Oscar winning music director A. R. Rahman smiles during a news conference in Hyderabad .

Monday, September 14, 2009

A R Rahman proves his prowess yet again with Blue Movie Music Review

Rahman proves his prowess yet again with 'Blue'
By Ruchika Kher

Film: "Blue"; Music Director: A R Rahman; Lyricists: Abbas Tyrewala, Mayur Puri and Raqeeb Alam; Singers: Kylie Minogue, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Vijay Prakash, Rashid Ali, Blaaze, Raqeeb Alam, Sonu Kakkar, Neha Kakkar, Jaspreet Singh, Udit Narayan and Madhushree; Ratings: *** 1/2

India's double Oscar winner A.R. Rahman returns with another hit musical score in underwater film "Blue". The album boasts of both racy and slow songs and brings forth contemporary sounds that generate a lot of interest.

The film, which is set to hit theatres Oct 16, stars
Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta among others. The soundtrack has seven originals.

The listener is provided with a breezy and soothing experience with "Aaj dil gustakh hai", a romantic song sung wonderfully by Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh. With the strumming of the acoustic guitar, the song becomes hip and rich in contemporary sounds. It sure is a delight to hear.

Up next is another likeable number "Bhoola tujhe". The song crooned by Rashid Ali is a poignant offering and is slow in pace initially. But the tempo gradually increases. It has a unique quality that strikes a chord with the listener and Rahman spins his magic yet again.

Next in line is the theme song. It changes pace many times and also shifts from western to Indian influences and back. A power-packed number, it has Blaaze, Raqeeb Alam, Sonu Kakkar and Jaspreet Singh behind the microphone.

Then there is the much-awaited song "Chiggy wiggy", which features international pop singer Kylie Minogue. Not only does she sing the number, she is also seen in the video. that is already on air. Kylie is supported by Sonu Nigam for the vocals.

The first part of the song is in English and is completely western, but Sonu enters with the sound of the dhol and gives the song an Indian feel. The track is neither bad nor brilliant.

"Fiqrana" by Shreya Ghoshal and Vijay Prakash is another fast-paced number. But it doesn't impress very much.

Up next is "Rehnuma", a sensual number with influences of jazz. The song is crooned by Shreya Ghoshal yet again along with Sonu Nigam. It's in a different league altogether. Rahman's signature style can be felt at places. A nice track indeed.

Finally there is "Yaar mil tha", which has vocals by Udit Narayan and Madhushree. The song, a fusion of western and Indian styles, is not as interesting as others. It really doesn't stand out as extraordinary.

But on the whole, Rahman has proved his musical prowess yet again with this soundtrack.

Morr Moive photos

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A.R.Rahman Resul Pookuty and others Press Confrence and First look of Film Blue

Event: Press Confrence and First look of Film Blue
Celebrities: Dhilin Mehta, Anthony D'souza, A.R.Rahman, Resul Pookuty and others
Venue: Cinemax Andheri
Date: 12th August, 2009

Oscar winning music director A R Rahman and Resul Pookutty Oscar winner sound mixing SM

Oscar winning music director A. R. Rahman (L) and Resul Pookutty, winner of the Oscar for sound mixing for "Slumdog Millionaire", pose for a picture during a news conference to promote their forthcoming movie "Blue" in Mumbai .

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A R Rahman speaking on the occasion

Music Director, A R Rahman speaking on the occasion of Doordarshan's golden jubilee celebration of broadcasting in New Delhi.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Indian music composer A R Rahman who won two Oscars

Indian music composer AR Rahman who won two Oscars for the film "Slumdog Millionaire," is felicitated by the Speaker of the lower house of Indian Parliament, Meira Kumar, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Aug. 3, 2009.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Pratibha Patil felicitates music maestro A R Rahman

President Pratibha Patil felicitates music maestro AR Rahman after the special screening of Slumdog Millionaire at the President house in New Delhi. The movie, won eight Oscars early this year at the 81st Academy Awards at Hollywood in the US.

Friday, July 31, 2009

R Rahman during the inauguration of Apollo Children Hospital

Oscar Award Winner AR Rahman during the inauguration of Apollo Children's Hospital in Chennai.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jackson was reading Tagore planned work with Rahman

London, June 29 (IANS) Pop legend Michael Jackson, who died Saturday, was reading poetry by Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore during the last days of his life, and had commissioned Oscar-winning music maestro A R Rahman to create a unity anthem for his new album.

Rahman got the job after his Academy Award success courtesy Danny Boyle's multiple Oscar winning underdog drama "Slumdog Millionaire" early this year.

Jackson's last brushes with Tagore suggest he was developing a special bond with India, reports

"A.R. Rahman met Michael Jackson after the Oscars in Los Angeles and Michael asked him to compose a unity anthem for him...Michael's planned new album would have had a huge Indian feel to it...Michael was reportedly working with Adnan Sami, which was to include Indian musical instruments like the sarangi, tabla, and dholak," said an insider close to

The unity anthem wasn't the first time the pair would have worked together, as they collaborated earlier on a track titled "Ekam satyam".

A source suggested
Jackson brother Jermaine encouraged the King of Pop to explore Indian music, as "Jermaine's wife Halima reportedly lived in Chandigarh in India for some time".

Jackson was secretly also studying Hinduism in the last years.

"Michael reportedly learned how to meditate and he was a vegetarian. When he was presented statues of Hindu deities Ganesha and Nataraja, Michael knew who they were. He was also very anxious to meet Mother Teresa before her death. He had a great interest in all things India for some time," said Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jai Ho MJ! says Rahman Prabhu Deva numbed

Chennai, June 26 (IANS) "Jai Ho, MJ!" said Oscar winner A.R. Rahman for whom pop legend Michael Jackson symbolised limitless energy, perfection and vision, while the death of his "role model" has left dancing star Prabhu Deva numb.

"MJ, for most of our generation, was an icon who made uncompromising music. He pushed the milestone of pop music to unbelievable levels through the 80s and 90s. I am yet to find an artist with that energy, perfection and vision," said Rahman, who had recently met the pop superstar following the Oscar awards.

"I met him personally after the Oscars in Los Angeles and we vibed very well. He said that he loved India and the Indian people. He said he heard good things about me and he was praising the chord progression of 'Jai Ho's' chorus.

"He was bursting with energy and told me that every dance move he did came from his soul and did a five second stunning example. It was like a lightning strike," the composer recalled.

"He was concerned about developmental issues such as global warming and about wars and its damages to the human community. He asked me to compose a unity anthem on the likes of 'We are the World' for him. I nodded in awe ...!" Rahman added.

"I remember my late sound engineer Sridhar had brought me a video of the premiere of 'Remember the Time' when I was recording 'Kadal Rojave' for my first movie Roja. Seeing it inspired all of us that afternoon," he said.

In a philosophical note, Rahman concluded his condolence statement: "Life is short..! Artists and their art live for ever. Jai Ho, MJ ! We love you for your music, regardless of all the controversies!"

For Prabhu Deva, who is often called the 'Michael Jackson of India', the death of his "role model" is more than a personal loss.

"He was my biggest inspiration and actually I idolised him. I am still in a daze and it will take time for me to come to terms with reality", said the choreographer-actor, who was struggling to get the right words.

Said Vidyasagar, another leading Tamil music director: "MJ had been a youth icon for over three decades. He deserves a special place in history. His demise has robbed us of a great musician and a noble human being."

The 50-year-old singing sensation died Thursday following a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles, leaving millions of his fans around the world stunned.

Monday, June 22, 2009

I m desperate to work with Rahman: Singer Anushka

I m desperate to work with Rahman: Singer Anushka
By Ruchika Kher

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) From Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to Vishal-Shekhar, pop star-turned-VJ-turned-playback singer Anushka Manchanda is working with all the big composers in the industry, but she is desperate to work with one man - Oscar winning music maestro A R Rahman.

"I'm desperate to work with Rahman. He makes super songs and his music is not only different, it's amazing too. I would love to sing for him. I am working with all the top music directors in the industry but I haven't been able to work with him till now. I hope it happens soon," Anushka told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Anushka was a member of an all girls pop band "Viva" and ventured into playback singing in Tamil films after the band split.

In 2006, she got her first big break in Hindi films for "Golmaal", in which music was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. This was followed by several other songs in the films like "
Ugli Aur Pagli", "Cash", "Chak De! India" and "Chandni Chowk To China" among others.

The 24-year-old, who has big banner films, including "Luck", "Kites" and "Aladdin" among others in her kitty, says she had initially wanted to be in the advertising field.

"I never thought that I would become a playback singer for the simple reason that I thought I didn't have it in me to be one. To sing in films, you need versatility and I always thought that I don't possess that.

"But now when I have made it, I want to sing every day of my life. I am very happy that I have got opportunities. There are so many others who are good singers but are still struggling to get a chance. So it makes me feel great that I have come this far," said Anushka whose "Golmaal golmaal" became a chartbuster.

Anushka is critical of herself and says she was a very bad singer five years ago, but has learnt a lot since then.

"I think, I was a pretty bad singer five years ago, but now I have become better... I have matured, I understand music much better... I've learnt in these years and will continue to do so," she said.

So which heroine would she like to sing for in future?

"I want to sing for all the famous heroines. I want to become their voice. If you sing for big films and famous heroines then that helps you.

"I never thought that my voice would suit Kareena but when I sang 'Tu sala' ('Golmaal Returns'), it became hugely popular and my voice completely suited her. So now I think my voice will suit most girls," said the singer.

When asked whether formal training is a prerequisite to become a successful singer, she was quick to reply: "I don't think so. It helps if you sing songs which are completely classical based, where I take more time, but it's not something you can't do without. Kishore Kumar never had formal training but he was a great singer and hugely successful."

Friday, June 19, 2009

Composers Vishal Shekhar thrilled by Rahman appreciation

Composers Vishal-Shekhar thrilled by Rahman's appreciation
By Joginder Tuteja

Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) Composers Vishal and Shekhar were pleasantly surprised when they opened the morning newspapers to find A R Rahman appreciating their work. Not just that, the Oscar winner mentioned Michael Jackson as the only other artist whose work he liked.

"Frankly speaking, I am speechless," states Vishal Dadlani, who couldn't believe when informed about acknowledgment coming from none other than maestro Rahman himself. "One can just bow down and say thanks when someone of the stature of Rahman appreciates your work."

In a story published in a national newspaper (The Hindu) June 12, Rahman had stated that the songs from Naushad's "Mughal-e-Azam" were his all-time favourite and he admired Michael Jackson and Vishal-Shekhar's work.

"I guess we are doing something right at the least," said Shekhar Ravjiani. "Mentioning only our names and that too in the same vein as Michael Jackson is a surreal thought by itself. It's a beautiful feeling."

Starting with "Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi" (1999) and making it big with "Jhankaar Beats" (2003), Vishal and Shekhar have given memorable scores in films like "Dostana", "Bachna Ae Haseeno", "Tashan", "Om Shanti Om", "Dus" and "Musafir" over the years.

So excited was Shekhar on reading the piece that he immediately called up his wife. "For something as big as this, you are bound to call up your loved one. I read out the entire piece to her and even she was thrilled to bits. I have met Rahman at a studio earlier and he came across as a very sweet man. Both Vishal and I love his music."

Said Vishal: "Everyone knows that we are Rahman's biggest fans ever. He is an inspiration for every single musician out there. That is why good words coming from a person like him who had made such a huge name worldwide is something that would be cherished forever by us. We wish to continue delivering some good music and make him feel proud about our work."

Well, Rahman would certainly be watching out for the upcoming soundtracks of Vishal and Shekhar, like Sujoy Ghosh's "Aladdin", UTV Motion Pictures' animation flick "Arjun", Siddharth Anand's next for producer Sajid Nadiadwala and debut venture of filmmaker Punit Malhotra for Dharma Productions.

Monday, June 15, 2009

IIFA Oscar winner Rahman gets best music director award

Shreya Ghoshal
IIFA: Oscar winner Rahman gets best music director award
By Radhika Bhirani

Macau, June 13 (IANS) Internationally acclaimed and double Oscar winning composer A R Rahman was Saturday named the best music director at the IDEA International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards here for his soulful compositions in the historical romance "Jodhaa Akbar".

Rahman couldn't attend the event and director Ashutosh Gowariker received the award on his behalf.

The best male playback singer award went to Javed Ali for crooning "Jashn-e-bahaara" in "Johdaa Akbar", while
Shreya Ghoshal was named the best female playback singer for "Teri ore" in hit romantic comedy "Singh is Kinng".

Well-known Bollywood writer
Javed Akhtar won the best lyricist award for penning the song "Jashn-e-bahaara" for "Jodhaa Akbar".

Aishwarya Rai, the daughter-in-law of IIFA brand ambassador Amitbabh Bachchan, was honoured with a special award for an outstanding achievement in international cinema.

Director-turned actor Farhan Akhtar got the best male debutant of the year award for "Rock On!", while Asin Thottumkal got best female debut award for action thriller "Ghajini".

"Jodhaa Akbar" bagged the maximum technical awards at IIFA.

While ace designer Neeta Lulla walked away with the best costume design award for "Jodhaa Akbar", best editing trophy went to Ballu Saluja and best art direction to Nitin Chandrakant Desai for the Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai starrer historical romance.

Resul Pokkutty, who made history by winning an Oscar for his work in "Slumdog Millionaire", bagged the best sound recording trophy for
Aamir Khan starrer "Ghajini".

The best cinematography award went to Jason West for "Rock On!" and the best choreography award went to Farah Khan for the song "Desi girl" featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and John Abraham in "Dostana".

Among the winners in the technical category, Farah and Jason were not present at the event.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kamini Mathai's book isn't my authorised biography: Rahman

Kamini Mathai's book isn't my authorised biography: Rahman
By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) The much-hyped 'authorised biography' of A R Rahman by author Kamini Mathai has kicked up a storm even before its release because the music maestro says there is "nothing authorised" about it.

"It's a non-authorised biography. The news that it's an authorised biography is wrong," Rahman told IANS.

The book, titled "A R Rahman: The Musical Storm", has been widely hyped and marketed as the "first authorized biography" on him.

The question here is, if the book's author Kamini Mathai in her enthusiasm to sell her book over-stated her facts, why is a publishing house as reputed as Penguin India not setting the record straight?

According to sources close to
Rahman, the musician much in the news is not amused by various attempts to cash in on his name after the Oscars. The composer won two golden statuettes for his composition in British filmmaker Danny Boyle acclaimed underdog drama "Slumdog Millionaire".

"Though Rahman is completely oblivious to the outside world and doesn't try to understand the commercial aspects of his superstardom, he isn't oblivious to the 'Cash In On Rahman' factory that flourishes far and wide. Rahman didn't like the way the song 'Jai ho' was flaunted as an electoral signature tune either," said the source.

As far as a biography is concerned, Rahman has plans to write his own story.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A R Rahman being honoured with an honorary degree

Oscar-winner music maestro A R Rahman being honoured with an honorary degree by the Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh on Sunday.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

When Rahman rubbed shoulders with Michelle Obama

When Rahman rubbed shoulders with Michelle Obama
By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) Being voted one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine has seen his popularity soar. Oscar-winning Indian composer A R Rahman not only got an opportunity to share the same platform with US First Lady Michelle Obama, he also had the whole audience in New York chanting "Jai ho".

"At the function I was on the same table as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and the CEO of Time magazine. When I went up to the stage, a chant of 'Jai ho' (the Oscar-winning song from 'Slumdog Millionaire') went up in the house."

The music maestro, who won two golden statuettes for his compositions in British filmmaker Danny Boyle's underdog drama, says the awards have had a huge impact on his life.

"The impact of '
Slumdog Millionaire' has been tremendous. The western perception of Third World countries has changed. Earlier when some of the most talented musicians of Asia would approach western companies, they'd encounter stumbling blocks. Today that has changed. The west is ready to listen to us," Rahman told IANS in an interview.

Rahman admits that dealing with the huge amount of attention after the Oscars has been unnerving.

"Yes, the Oscar changed my life. I can't even attend places of prayer without being recognised. Even when I'm at malls in the US, kids freeze in recognition when they see me. I need to concentrate on my music. I'm not the kind of guy who can pull himself away from my music, attend functions, give interviews and get back to what I'm supposed to do. It's like entering and leaving new cities," he said.

Ever since the Oscar happened, the music maestro has been doing extensive travelling.

"It's been a full roller-coaster ride for me in the past week... from New York to Dubai to Calicut, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai... every day I've been in two cities. Can't be helped. Everywhere they want to felicitate me and I can't say no. How can I? Everyone was excited about my Oscar and wanted to share their excitement with me," said Rahman, who will be conferred an honorary doctorate by the Aligarh Muslim University June 7.

He admits he is not able to spend time with his children.

"Luckily all three of my children are into music. So my kids and I are on the same wave-length. My wife dreamt of walking the red carpet with me to the Oscars. She can now dream of walking to the Oscars with our children," said the 43-year-old.

"I'm slowly getting back to normal now," said Rahman, now blocking away the Oscar euphoria to focus on his current work.

His forthcoming films are "
Blue", "London Dreams" and S. Shankar's Tamil film "Endhiran", which has Aishwarya Rai and Rajnikant in lead roles.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Honorary doctorate for A R Rahman

Honorary doctorate for Rahman

Aligarh, May 27 (IANS) Oscar winning composer A R Rahman will be conferred an honorary doctorate by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Rahman shot to international fame with his compositions in Danny Boyle's underdog drama "Slumdog Millionaire" and won two golden statuettes for that.

Apart from
Rahman, Gopichand Narang, former president of Sahitya Academy, would also be conferred an honorary doctorate at a convocation June 7, said a press release from AMU.

West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will be the chief guest at the 59th annual convocation function. AMU chancellor, A.M. Ahmadi, also former chief justice of India, will preside over the annual event. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rahman unhappy with use of Jai Ho in poll campaign

Rahman unhappy with use of 'Jai Ho' in poll campaign

Chennai, May 13 (IANS) Music maestro A R  Rahman, whose compositions in "Slumdog Millionaire" made him the first Indian to win twin Oscars, is critical of political parties using for a poll campaign the song "Jai Ho" that he composed for Danny Boyle's rags-to-riches drama.

"I was like in the bed, I was dehydrated, exhausted, and then all these things happened, somebody told me these people are using it. I hate politics. I just want people to serve the people. I want governments, whichever government comes in, to be unbiased and say there should be justice in the country and that's my purpose in life," Rahman said in an interview on CNN's Talk Asia.

The interview will be aired on CNN May 20 and there will repeat telecasts May 21 and May 23.

The Congress had bought exclusive rights to the song "Jai Ho" for its poll campaign but the jingle was later dropped as the party's theme song.

In the interview, the shy composer also explains how his accolades for "Slumdog Millionaire" are also a recognition for India.

"I got very emotional when saying this is for India, when you guys truly deserve it because there are so many different film industries in India, so many different markets, Hindi film industry, Tamil film industry, Malayalam, then Bengali, so in a way I think it culminates all their aspirations and so it's here," he said.

Before he shot to stardom with the film "
Roja", Rahman used to create radio jingles. He has since collaborated with international music superstars like Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue.

When asked about his next project post-
Oscars, he said: "I have a couple of offers from Hollywood. Pure American movies which I thought for the heck of it let's do it and a couple of other surprises that you'll know very soon if it works out. Big surprises I think."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A.R.Rahman Is Paid 1.5 Crore For A Musical Concert In Kerala !

Oscar Hero A.R.Rahman is paid 1.5 crore for a music concert held in Kerala. The musical genius has done a stage show in Calicut, Kerala, which was organized by the international kerala association. The concert was to take place at Kerala with the name Jai Ho, as soon as the announcement came, all the tickets were sold for over 7 crore excluding the sponsors amount 3 crore.

The major thing to be noted about this concert is a major part of the collection from this concert will be spent to build a school for the victims of HIV. Moreover this school will get completed in the next two years.

Monday, May 11, 2009



Friday, May 8, 2009

A. R Rahman At the Oscars

A. R Rahman At the Oscars

A R Rahman Photos and Wallpapers

A R Rahman Photos and Wallpapers

A.R.Rahman and his Wife Saira Banu

A.R.Rahman and his Wife Saira Banu

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A. R.Rahman to team up with Mick Jagger

Rahman to team up with Mick Jagger

London, May 5 (IANS) Oscar winning Indian composer A R Rahman has reportedly teamed up with former Rolling Stones member Mick Jagger for a song.

Apart from Rahman, Jagger and singer Joss Stone have also roped in rapper-actor Nas and Jamaican musician Bob Marley's sons Damian and Stephen for the song.

According to, they have come together to work on a song that will be issued on the United Nation's International Day Of Peace that falls on Sep 21.

"Joss and Mick hit it off when they worked with producer Dave Stewart on the 'Alfie' soundtrack, so were keen to collaborate again. When this project was suggested they were keen to get on board, especially considering the glittering cast of other musicians involved," a source said.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A R Rahman live show Jai Ho in Kerala

Kozhikode (PTI): Music lovers from all over the country and abroad have begun queueing up in large numbers to witness music maestro A R Rahman's live show 'Jai Ho', the first since he received the double Oscar, at the Corporation stadium here on Sunday evening.

With the organisers Global Kerala Initiative 'Keraleeyam' refusing permission for live coverage of the programme, tickets worth about Rs 7 crores had been sold out.

The funds would be utilised for the rehabilitation of HIV-positive children.

AR Rahman in kerala photos, AR Rahman in kerala wallpapers, AR Rahman in kerala stills, AR Rahman in kerala gallery to help hiv children. 


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rahman to perform for HIV+ kids

Rahman to perform for HIV+ kids

Thiruvananthapuram, April 15 (IANS) Malayalam superstar Suresh Gopi has a new mission in his life - a school for HIV positive children. And joining him is double Oscar winner A R Rahman who will stage a musical night in Kerala for free.

'Jai Ho' musical night is scheduled for May 3 at the Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode. Rahman and his 103-artiste group will perform in front of an expected 50,000 strong crowd. The proceeds of the night will go towards the building of the school.

"We expect to raise Rs.15 crore (Rs.150 million) from the sale of tickets and sponsorships. After meeting the expenses, we target a figure of Rs.10 crore (Rs.100 million), which would be the first capital for the school," Gopi told IANS Tuesday on the sidelines of a function held for the sale of tickets.

The programme is being held under the initiative of Global Kerala Initiative-Keraleeyam, an NGO of which Gopi is a patron.

"The ideal location for the school should be somewhere in the central districts of the state. It will cater not only to the HIV positive children from Kerala but also from neighbouring states. If everything goes as planned, the school should be ready in two years time," Gopi said.

Gopi said that he has already spoken to state Education Minister M.A. Baby and got an "excellent response" from him.

According to Gopi, there are close to 100 HIV positive kids in state.

"What wrong have these hapless kids done to get this dreaded disease? Their sufferings begin right from the day they are born and even before they learn to begin their lives. They are shunned by the society for no fault of theirs," pointed out Gopi.

The proposed school would be fully residential with all amenities and will also have the best of faculty, he added.

The actor said that the NGO will distribute 'hundis' (copper vessels) among the people to encourage them to save at least Re.1 a day for the project.

"We will be distributing 1 lakh (100,000) hundis to people and they will be opened after a year. This will also be added to the kitty for the school project," Gopi said.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A R Rahman Biography

A R Rahman


A R Rahman

Background information
Birth nameA. S. Dileep Kumar
Also known asA. R. Rehman
BornJanuary 6, 1967 (age 42)Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genre(s)Film score, Theatre, World Music
Occupation(s)Composer, record producer, music director, singer, instrumentalist, arranger, programmer
Years active1992 ; present
WebsiteA. R.

Allah Rakha Rahman (Tamil: ஏ.ஆர்.ரகுமான்; born January 6, 1967 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian film composer, record producer, musician and singer. His work has garnered considerable acclaim and a large global fan base since his film scoring career began in the early 1990s. He has won many awards, including four National Film Awards, a BAFTAAward, Golden Globe and two Academy Awards. He is the first Indian musician to win anOscar as well as the first Indian to win two Oscars.

Working in India's various film industries, international cinema and theatre, by 2003, Rahman, in a career spanning over a decade, has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide,[1] and sold over 200 million cassettes[2] making him one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists.

His acclaimed music compositions have led to references to him as the "Mozart of Madras" and several Tamil commentators have given him the title Isai Puyal (Tamil: இசைப் புயல்; English: Music Storm).


  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 Early life and influences
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Film scoring and soundtracks
    • 2.2 Other works
    • 2.3 Music style and impact
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Social service
  • 6 Filmography
    • 6.1 Music director
  • 7 Notes
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


Early life and influences

A. R. Rahman was born to a Tamil Hindu family. His father R. K. Shekhar, was a composer and conductor for Malayalam films. Rahman lost his father when he was 9 years old, and his family rented out musical equipment as a source of income. He converted to Islam from Hinduism in 1989 along with his sisters. During these formative years, Rahman served as a keyboard player and an arranger in bands such as "Roots", with childhood friend and percussionist Sivamani, John Anthony, Suresh Peters, JoJo and Raja.[3] Rahman is the founder of the Chennai-based rock group, "Nemesis Avenue".[4] He played the keyboard and piano, the synthesizer, the harmonium and the guitar. His curiosity in the synthesizer, in particular increased because, he says, it was the “ideal combination of music and technology".[5] He began early training in music under Master Dhanraj. At the age of 11, he joined, as a keyboardist, the troupe of Ilaiyaraaja,[5]one of many composers to whom musical instruments belonging to Rahman's father were rented. Rahman later played in the orchestra of M. S. Viswanathan and Ramesh Naidu, accompanied Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship to the Trinity College of Music where he graduated with a degree in Western classical music.[6]


Film scoring and soundtracks

In 1992, Rahman began his own music recording and mixing studio attached to the backyard of his house called the Panchathan Record Inn, which was developed into India's most advanced recording studio.[7] He initially composed music jingles for advertisements, Indian Television channels and music scores in documentaries, among other projects. In 1992, he was approached by film director Mani Ratnam to compose the score and soundtrack for Ratnam's Tamil filmRoja.[7] The debut led Rahman to receive the Rajat Kamal award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards, the first time ever by a first-time film composer. Rahman has since then gone on to win the award three more times (for his scores for Minsaara Kanavu (Electric Dreams, Tamil) in 1997, Lagaan (Tax, Hindi) in 2002, Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek, Tamil) in 2003, the most ever by any composer.[8]

Roja - Rahman's debut soundtrack, released in 1992 for this Tamil film, instantly delivered him his first National Film Award.

Roja's score met with high sales and acclaim, in its original and dubbed versions, bringing about a marked change in film music at the time, and Rahman followed this with successful scores for Tamil–language films of the Chennai film industry including Ratnam's politically chargedBombay, the urbanite Kadhalan, Bharathiraaja's Karuththamma, the saxophonic Duet, Indira,and the romantic comedies Mr. Romeo and Love Birds, which gained him considerable notice.[9][10] His fanbase in Japan increased with Muthu 's success there.[11] His soundtracks gained him recognition in the Tamil Nadu film industry and across the world for his stylistic versatality in his pieces including in Western classical, Carnatic, Tamil traditional/folk, jazz, reggae and rock music.[12][13][14] The Bombay Theme—from Ratnam's Bombay—would later reappear in Deepa Mehta's Fire and various compilations and media. Rangeela, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, marked Rahman's debut for Hindi-language films made in the Mumbai film industry. Many successful scores for films including Dil Se and the percussive Taalfollowed.[15][16] Sufi mysticism would form the basis of Chaiyya Chaiyya from the former and the composition "Zikr" from his score of the film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero for which he created large orchestral and choral arrangements.[3] Musical cues in scores for Sangamam and Iruvar employed Carnatic vocals and instruments such as the veena with leads of rock guitar and jazz.[17] In the 2000s Rahman created hit scores for Rajiv Menon'sKandukondain Kandukondain, Alaipayuthey, Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades and Rang De Basanti.[18] He also composed songs with Hindustani motifs for Water (2005).

Rahman has worked with Indian poets and lyricists such as Gulzar, Mehboob, Vairamuthu and Vaali. His collaborations with some film directors have always resulted in successful soundtracks, particularly with the director Mani Ratnam who he has worked with since Roja, all of which have been hits, and the director S. Shankar in the films GentlemanKadhalanIndianJeans,MudhalvanNayakBoys and Sivaji.[19]

Rahman attached and opened a developed extension studio to his Panchathan Record Inn in 2005 called AM Studios in Kodambakkam, Chennai — considered to be the most developed, equipped and high tech studio in Asia.[20][21] In 2006, Rahman launched his own music label, KM Music.[22] Its first release was his score to the film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. Rahman scored the Mandarin language picture Warriors of Heaven and Earth in 2003 after researching and utilizing Chinese and Japanese classical music, and co-scored the Shekhar Kapoor helmedElizabeth: The Golden Age in 2007. His compositions have been reused in scores within India[23] and have made appearances in Inside ManLord of War and The Accidental Husband.In 2008, he scored the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, for which he won two Academy Awards and many other awards. He became the first Indian to win two Academy Awards.

Slumdog Millionaire- Rahman won two Academy Awards for the film's soundtrack.

Other works

Rahman has been involved in several projects aside from film. He made an album Vande Mataram (1997) on India's 50th anniversary of independence to commercial success.[24][25] He followed it up with an album for the Bharat Bala–directed video Jana Gana Mana, a conglomeration of performances by many leading exponents/artists of Indian classical music. Rahman has written jingles for ads and composed several orchestrations for athletic events, T.V. and internet media publications, documentaries and short films.

In 1999 Rahman, along with choreographers Shobhana and Prabhu Deva Sundaram and a Tamil cinema dancing troupe performed with Michael Jackson in Munich, Germany, for his "Michael Jackson and Friends Concert." In 2002, he composed his maiden stage production Bombay Dreams (2002) following a commission from musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, a success in London's West End. With Finnish folk music band Värttinä, he wrote the music forThe Lord of the Rings theatre production and in 2004, Rahman composed the piece "Raga's Dance" for Vanessa-Mae's album Choreography.[8]

In the last six years, Rahman has performed three successful world tours of his concerts to audiences in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, UK, Canada, the US (Hollywood Bowl and 3d tour) and India.[8] He has been collaborating with Karen David for her upcoming studio album. A two-disc soundtrack, Introducing A. R. Rahman (2006) featuring 25 pieces he composed from his Tamil film scores was released in May 2006. His latest non-film album, Connections was launched on 12th December, 2008.

Music style and impact

Skilled in Carnatic music,[26] Western classical, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahman has been noted to write film songs that amalgamate elements of these music systems and other genres, layering instruments from differing music idioms in an improvisatory manner.[3] Symphonic orchestral themes have accompanied his scores, where he has employed leitmotif. In the 1980s, Rahman recorded and played arrangements on mono, synonymous with the era of predecessors such as K. V. Mahadevan and Vishwanathan–Ramamoorthy, but later his methodology changed. Rahman worked and experimented on fusing traditional instruments with new electronic sounds and technology.[3]

His interest and outlook in music stems from his love of experimentation.[6] Rahman's compositions, in the vein of past and contemporary Chennai film composers, bring out auteuristic uses of counterpoint, orchestration and the human voice, evolving Indian pop music with unique timbres, forms and instrumentation. By virtue of these qualities, broad ranging lyrics and his syncretic style, his themes appeal to several sections of Indian society.[27]

His first soundtrack for Roja was listed in TIME's "10 Best Soundtracks" of all time in 2005. Film critic Richard Corliss felt the "astonishing debut work parades Rahman's gift for alchemizing outside influences until they are totally Tamil, totally Rahman."[28][29] Rahman's initial global reach is attributed to the South Asian diaspora. Described as one of the most innovative composers to ever work in the industry, his unique style and immense success transformed film music in the 1990s prompting several film producers to take film music more seriously.[30]

The director Baz Luhrmann notes

"I had come to the music of A. R. Rahman through the emotional and haunting score of Bombay and the wit and celebration of Lagaan. But the more of AR's music I encountered the more I was to be amazed at the sheer diversity of styles: from swinging brass bands to triumphant anthems; from joyous pop to West-End musicals. Whatever the style, A. R. Rahman's music always possesses a profound sense of humanity and spirit, qualities that inspire me the most.[31]

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