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Posted: 09 April 2006 at 12:00pm | IP Logged - Article

Pray for me, sings Rahman

By: Vickey Lalwani | September 21, 2005

Close on the heels of A R Rahman and Blaze's My Wish Comes True (touted as India's answer to Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On), the duo have now rendered another English song together.

The song, titled Pray For Me Brother, is based on the theme of eradicating poverty. Rahman is also the international ambassador of the UN anti-
tuberculosis campaign, Stop TB.

Wake up, world

Speaking to hitList from Chennai, Rahman said, "The anthem isn't just music, but a wake-up call to end poverty." Says Blaze, who wrote the lyrics, "Rahman and I got along fabulously during the making of the Kisna song. Some time back, Rahman asked if I was interested in penning something for his anti-TB campaign.

There is some rap involved too, and I got quite charged and agreed. Actually, the millennium campaign covers a wide perspective of issues and poverty is one such issue. Besides, poverty is definitely one of the reasons for tuberculosis." Like most other songs, the tune was set first and the lyrics came later.

"It's an awareness anthem, which would inform people on how to make the world a better place. The main line in the song is "Are you searching for a reason?".

We want to tell people that they don't need a reason to be generous," pointed out Blaze, adding, "It's a pleasure to share the stage with Rahman. I do my role of rapping, especially during the chanting which happens in the second half."

Aussie wave

The duo has been taking the song on Rahman's world tour. They first kicked off in Delhi two weeks back, followed by Melbourne and Sydney.
"The reception in Australia was mind-blowing and the atmosphere, electrifying.

When the lights went off and we began, the crowd switched on their mobile phone lights and started waving in rhythm. Such a response enhances the mood and importantly, instantly tells you that you are on the right path."
"The song is growing day by day. Very soon, we should have it on the video," Blaze added.

The duo's next stop is Singapore, on September 24, where they will perform the song with Rahman's repertoire, followed by Bangalore on October 8.


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Second Sangeet Awards : ARR Got Best Music Director Award

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Sunidhi, Rathod win best singers award

The changing winds of Indo-Pak ties seemed to have swept Indian music, with Pakistani singer Faakhir bagging two awards at the second Sangeet Awards held in Oakland on Saturday.

The music of the romance across borders Veer Zaara also fetched the best lyricist award for Javed Akhtar and best male singer for Roop Kumar Rathod.

Akhtar got the coveted best lyricist award beating Sameer who had four nominations for aankhein band karke from Aitraz , dhoom machale from Dhoom and sun zara from Lucky .

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The jury for the awards comprised Ramesh Sippy, Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan, Leslie Lewis, Ken Ghosh, Anubhav Sinha, Shiamak Davar and Saapna Mukherji.

Another Pakistani whose bagged an award at the function was Atif Aslam for best new voice for Woh Lamhe from the film Zeher.

In the Indi-Pop nominations category, Pakistani singer Faakhir got the best male singer award for Maahi Ve from his album Mantra which also bagged the best song prize.

The best female singer award went to Shibani Kashyap for Kya Nazakat Hain from her album Nazakat .

Kashyap had strong contenders in Shreya Ghoshal, who was nominated for two songs Pyar Ke Baaten and Yeh Kyan Huan from Tera Mera Pyar and Sunidhi Chauhan , who was nominated for Dhak Dhak from the movie Tera Mera Pyar .

The fact that she had even composed her own songs worked to her advantage and helped her get the award, she said.

In the critics' award section, the best sound recordist award went to Tanay for the film Black and best lyricist went to Gulzaar for Kajrare Kajrare from Bunty Aur Babli .

The best film song in the category went to the late Madan Mohan for Tere Liye from Veer Zaara , best music director award to A R Rahman for Swades .

Saapna Mukherjee got the best female singer award in the category while Udit Narayan won in the male category. The best pop group award went to Jal for the album Aadat . (PTI)

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Posted: 09 April 2006 at 12:02pm | IP Logged

Rahman has no rivals in Tamil music market

Bollywood News | Posted on 20 Sep 2005 # IANS

By Aparna Nath, Chennai: A.R. Rahman's new album "Ah..Aah" for S.J. Suryah continues to rule the charts even though the film is not a big hit.

The top five Tamil music albums are:

1. "Ah..Aah" (A.R. Rahman): The film is not a big hit, but the song sung by Rahman himself, "Anbe Aaruyire", has been topping the charts for the last several weeks.

2. "Ghajini" (Harris Jayaraj): The release of the film is getting delayed, but Harris Jayaraj's album is a hit and second only to Rahman's. The most popular song is "Oru Maalai" by Karthik.

3. "Kanda Naal Mudhal" (Yuvan Shankar Raja): The song sung by Kay Kay, Shreya Ghosal and Tanvi for Yuvan is quite popular.

4. "Thottijaya" (Harris Jayaraj): One more album by Harris Jayaraj in the top five, though it does not have the class of "Kaakha Kaakha" or "Chellame".

5. "Oru Naal Oru Kanavu" (Ilayaraja): Ilayaraja has done the music of all Fazil's films. Even today, people hum the songs he had done for "Kaadhalukku Maryadai". Though not in the same league, songs of ONOK are also hummable and evoke nostalgia.

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Posted: 09 April 2006 at 12:03pm | IP Logged

Top Indian composer AR Rahman to perform in Singapore

By Channel NewsAsia's India Correspondent Vaibhav Varma
Time is GMT + 8 hours | Posted: 20 September 2005 1737 hrs

INDIA : Indian music lovers in Southeast Asia are in for a real treat.

Top Indian composer AR Rahman will be performing in Singapore for the first time on Saturday, September 24.

The man behind the score of the West End and Broadway musical Bombay Dreams is also well-known for his charity work.

One of the most influential voices in Indian commercial music, AR Rahman is an ambassador of the Indian government in the fight against tuberculosis.

His philosophy is that music is much more than just a tool to entertain the masses, it can be used to heal the spirit.

"For me, music plays a big part with people, and we try to make a song much like a love song, a song that will be sung by the people themselves, not the singer. And the simple song titled 'Pray For Me Brother' as the anthem of the poor," said singer and music composer AR Rahman.

A product of London's prestigious Trinity Music College, Rahman started out as a keyboard player composing jingles for advertisements.

But he went on to make a name for himself in digital sound engineering.

The 39-year-old has also composed the soundtracks for several Bollywood films, including the Oscar-nominated 'Lagaan', the Hindi-language hit 'Yuva' and Tamil movies such as 'Roja' and 'Ayutha Ezuthu'.

One of world's youngest music composers, Rahman belongs to an entirely non-musical family background.

He has worked with some of the biggest names in the global musical genre, in the likes of Michael Jackson, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Deep Forest.

And that's besides the accolades and honours at the national level.

AR Rahman is a national icon for India and a musical genius no less.

- CNA /ls

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What we do: emergencies: Indian anti-poverty concert demands action from world leaders

Photo : Sumie Arima / ActionAid International


Kick-starting a week of GCAP 'Wake Up' events before White Band Day 2 this weekend, an anti-poverty concert was held in Delhi, India on September 3. 

The concert was part of a two-day South Asian People's Summit Against Poverty (PSAP) on September 3-4

'Pray for me brother. Do you need a reason to be kind', sang Bollywood music star A.R. Rahman as he lent his support to the People's Concert against poverty, held on Saturday evening.

Rahman was joined by singer Kailash Kher, Indian Ocean and Envision in the special concert against poverty organised by GCAP, in collaboration with People's Summit against Poverty.

"The anthem 'Pray for..' is based on the theme of eradicating poverty and is very close to my heart," said Rahman, who performed his new anti-poverty song for the first time.

"There is a need to remind people from time to time that we should make our lives meaningful by extending support to such noble causes. I feel great to be associated with such causes," said Kher Kailash who sang his hit from the Bollywood film, 'Mangal Pandey'.

And Indian Ocean stole the show with their songs "Are ruk ja re bande.." and "Kasi Hile Patna hile.."

Throughout the concert speakers representing diverse groups, both from the Indian campaign and from GCAP globally, took to the stage. 

Amitabh Behar and Shefali, spoke on the Indian campaign and the reality of poverty in India.  While Minar p***le, GCAP Co-chair, gave an overview of GCAP globally.  

At the end of the show John Samuel, ActionAid's international director for Asia, tied a White Band to Rahman's wrist and both called for an end to poverty.

The concert was timed to boost the GCAP campaign, ahead of globally planned actions next week just prior to the UN World Summit.

"The aim of the concert was to generate support among the masses. Such events will raise awareness amongst people and draw the attention of the government to poverty," said Indu Prakash Singh, National Campaign Co-ordinator for Action Aid.

Like the Live8 concerts in July, the aim of the event was not to raise funds, but to create awareness about widespread poverty in India and across the world, Singh said.

Meanwhile, Rahman, invited media to a press conference in a Delhi slum where reporters were surrounded by people who live on a daily basis with extreme poverty and suffering.

To echo the words of Rahman, the concert certainly helped to add Indian voices to the widespread international call to end poverty.


The People's Summit Against Poverty

The concert was held as part of the South Asian People's Summit Against Poverty from 3 rd – 4 th of September, in Delhi. 

Launched by former prime minister V.P. Singh, well over 10,000 people attended, eager to discuss India's progress on the Millennium Development Goals, ahead of next week's UN Summit.

Other speakers included, A.B Bardhan, Secretary of the Communist Party of India and Dr. Sayeeda Hameed, a member of the Indian government Planning Commission – the department responsible for the implementation of the MDGs in India.

The Summit also marked the release of the Indian Citizen's Report on MDGs, which evaluated the Indian Government's progress on the MDGs and the national expression of these in the National Development Goals.

On the 3 rd a massive rally was held with over 12,000 people marching throughout the streets of Delhi.

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A.R. Rahman

Reviewer Jessica Nicholas
September 12, 2005

Colourful concert: The Bollywood extravaganza cast onstage at the Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night. From left, Chitra, Sadhana Sargam, Alma, Madhushree, Alka Yagnik, Kailash Kher, A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan and Blaaze sing the concert finale.
Photo: John Kumar

Rod Laver Arena, September 10 : Milling outside the Rod Laver Arena before A. R. Rahman's show on Saturday, I felt like a rather drab moth surrounded by butterflies. Richly coloured saris, embroidered kurtas and sequinned scarves floated around me, as an audience of mainly Indian expatriates gathered in anticipation of this first Australian concert by one of the biggest names in Bollywood.

Inside, the atmosphere was reminiscent of a rock concert - the stage adorned with musical instruments, giant screens and floodlit fabric panels, and more than 9000 fans erupting at the sight of 39-year-old Allah Rakha Rahman taking the microphone.

As Rahman modestly confessed to the audience, he is not a born showman. A film composer whose success has thrust him into the spotlight, he is more accustomed to creating music in his high-tech studio in Chennai than performing it live in front of a roaring crowd.

But there was something very endearing about watching this slightly reticent individual absorb the energy of the stadium and give it back so generously over the next four hours.

Yes, four hours, with no interval. Apparently Rahman was so inspired by the ecstatic audience that he actually wanted to play longer, but was constrained by venue protocol. So he had to content himself with performing 40 of his best-loved compositions, almost all of which were written for Bollywood films.

Not all film music thrives in a concert setting. But Rahman's music - like Bollywood cinema - has a joyous, larger-than-life impact. And the composer, who also sings and plays keyboards, certainly knows how to put on a show.

His "Third Dimension" tour has pulsing, floor-shaking rhythms; acoustic strings and folk instruments alongside banks of digital devices; a parade of superb Bollywood singers performing the songs that made them famous; twirling dancers and giant masked figures; and a series of animated 3-D images (which we watched with 3-D glasses) projected onto a screen.

As a non-Indian familiar with only a handful of Bollywood songs, I did find four hours a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, it was impossible not to be awed by the seemingly endless stamina - and diversity - of the performers.

But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this hugely entertaining show is that it was presented by a fledgling, volunteer-run organisation, Charities through Indian Arts in Australia, whose directors undertook this mammoth tour at great personal and professional risk.

As for the music itself, Rahman's wonderfully imaginative approach to film composition - incorporating ideas from contemporary popular music as well as classical Indian and European traditions - has created a fascinating hybrid and, for millions of fans (among whom I now count myself), opened up a whole new musical world.

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Shankar-Rahman reunited!

By Moviebuzz | Wednesday, 14 September , 2005, 12:07

It is almost certain- A.R.Rahman will be the music director of Shankar's prestigious project Sivaji with Rajnikanth produced by AVM. At the moment, Shankar and Rahman are in Australia composing songs for their forthcoming blockbuster!

Rahman is right now in Australia for 'Qantas Sigaram TV A.R.Rahman 3rd dimension tour 2005', a music concert. It is a fund raiser for the Kolkotta based "Udayan" whose chief patron is Steve Waugh, the ex-captain of Australian Cricket team who supports the concert tour. Shankar flew in to Australia on Saturday and is a part of Rahman's entourage. He had in fact come for the concert on special invitation of Rahman to discuss the tunes of Sivaji . Late in the night, of this 10-day tour, Rahman and Shankar discuss the script and mood of the songs. A.R.Rahman- Shankar combination is one the best in Indian cinema and they have sold more audio album than any others in Tamil film music. All their albums like, Gentleman, Kathalan, Indian, Jeans, Muthalvan, Nayak (Hindi), Boys were all chartbusters. The only Shankar film without Rahman was the recent Anniyan . Shankar fell out briefly with Rahman over re-recording of Boys which took months. Now they have patched up, and are totally engrossed in composing five songs and the theme music of Sivaji .

It is turning out to be a dream combination, Rajnikanth- Rahman- Shankar- AVM!

The views expressed in the article are the author's and not of

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Anthem Against Poverty from 'Mozart of Madras'

Ranjit Devraj

NEW DELHI, Sep (IPS) - If ever music could wipe poverty off the face of the earth, then India's internationally rated musical genius, A. R. Rahman's latest composition, "Pray for My Brother", could do a job the United Nations dearly wants to see happen.

"Could you ever listen, could you ever care to speak your mind?

Only for a minute, for only one moment in time! This joy is around you.

Show me the love we must find. Are you searching for a reason to be kind? He said pray for my brother..."

Thus go the strains of Rahman's latest composition written for the Sep. 14-16 U.N. World Summit in New York but first presented at the People's Summit Against Poverty (PSAP) last week, which saw a 12,000-strong crowd from Asian countries gather in the Indian capital to highlight the causes of poverty and how they could be removed.

Accompanying Rahman -- often referred to as the "Mozart of Madras" for his sheer musical genius -- at the release of the anthem at a concert during the PSAP was Junoon, the well-known Pakistani band and the local group Indian Ocean.

The People's Summit, Sep. 3-4, was designed to be the South Asian chapter of the Global Call for Action Against Poverty (GCAP) the worldwide alliance committed to making world leaders live up to their promises, and to making a breakthrough in fighting poverty in 2005.

At the PSAP, which included delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal, the crowds demanded that governments stop privatisation of basic services such as health, water and education and provide these as the right of citizens, using funds now being squandered on buying arms.

Rahman described his number, already a hit, as a ''wake-up call to end poverty,'' especially the kind that causes large numbers of people in India to die needlessly and agonisingly from tuberculosis often leaving behind helpless dependents.

''One-third of the people in the world who die from TB are Indians and this pains me,'' said Rahman, last week, when he visited Mangolpuri -- a slum cluster in the western part of this sprawling capital, ridden with disease and wretchedness but co-exists with glittering shopping complexes, air-conditioned software parks and bungalows set into tree- lined boulevards.

Globally around two million people die of TB every year and 30 percent of the world's TB population lives in India. ''There is close link between TB and poverty,'' he observed

Rahman moved easily through the adoring crowds stopping to speak to TB patients placed on Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) that involves ensuring that victims received their daily doses of a special cocktail of powerful drugs, without fail and continuously over six months.

The international celebrity patiently heard complaints including those from Sahasi a volunteer agency that organised Rahman's interaction with TB patients but is no longer involved with DOTS administration because of a new policy. ''We used to give patients their doses but the government now wants that patients be treated only in government hospitals,'' explained a volunteer.

With the general air of apathy at government hospitals there have been reports of patients dropping out of DOTS, a dangerous trend because they then quickly develop multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB), which is difficult to cure and translates into a death sentence for poor patients.

But the ever-beaming Rahman, who is international brand ambassador for the World Health Organisation's ''Stop TB Partnership'' was in the Mangolpuri slum mainly for the launch in India of a network of TB patients called ''TB Sangharsh'' (Fight TB) capable of tackling the disease in the slum.

"TB Sangharsh is the first of its kind in this country and has been created so that TB patients can get treatment with or without the help of government hospitals,'' said Sarla (full name), who leads the campaign.

''Sangharsh has set an example in Mangolpuri which I want to take to other parts of India,'' said Rahman adding that more than anything else there was a need for awareness of what TB is and what can be done to stop it, especially by involving the patients themselves.

The newly formed network will closely work with both NGOs and patients and advise them about different kinds of treatment available and the need for regular and uninterrupted treatment. The network will also help counter stigma associated with the disease in India.

At Mangalpuri, Rahman exhorted people to demand treatment against TB as their right. ''Your health is important not only to you and your family but to all of society,'' was his simple but forceful argument.

Over 200 national and international organisations, including the World Bank and the World Health Organisation, are partners in the Stop TB Partnership, launched in March 2004 with the aim of identifying at least 70 percent of infectious TB cases globally and effect an 85 percent cure rate by the end of 2005.

Because of his high profile and mass popularity, Rahman was named ambassador for the programme and he has frequently taken time away from a busy schedule composing music, including for India's huge movie industry, to go to slums and wherever else TB lurks to build awareness against the disease.


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