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dayita Goldie

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Nokia unveils new range of 'music smart' phones Our Bureau

MUSIC COMPOSER A.R. Rahman at the launch of the Nokia N91 range of phones in Chennai on Friday. — Bijoy Ghosh
Chennai , April 28 Nokia launched the latest model in the 'N' series here today, the Nokia N91 music smart phone. Mr Gautam Advani, Director, Multimedia, Nokia India, presented the first phone to music composer Mr A.R. Rahman. The phone model provides the integrated functions of music, smart phone and imaging, with a storage space of 4 GB, according to Mr Advani. He told the press that in addition to this, the phone is loaded with a 2 megapixel camera and is wireless LAN enabled as well. The phone will cost about Rs 33,000, he said. He also announced a music charity initiative, which will see the company promote the new album by Mr Rahman, titled 'Pray For Me, Brother', in a series of events and activities, with all of the proceeds going to the United Nations' charity towards poverty alleviation. The initiative is organised jointly by Nokia and K Music, the new music label launched by Mr Rahman. Asked about the ethical issue of downloading music, Mr Rahman acknowledged that the music industry has taken a beating because of free digital distribution of music, but said that the convenience factor in downloading music is compelling for the user.

Mr Advani said the Nokia N91 is DRNS protected, which means that paid downloads that are copyright protected cannot be transferred to another phone or to another device. 42903151200.htm

dayita Goldie

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Adlabs Films to have Reliance brand name
Posted online: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 0000 hours IST
MUMBAI, APRIL 25:  In a bid to impart a fresh identity to Adlabs Films Limited (AFL), a Reliance - Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG) company, the group will unveil its new logo with the Reliance brand name for a complete brand makeover.

Confirming the development, Manmohan Shetty, chairman, AFL told FE, "A team of creative professionals are already working on it and we expect to happen it soon." However, he did not reveal the details of the brand logo and the new brand identity.

Anil Ambani, through Reliance Capital Limited, acquired the majority stake in AFL nine months ago for a consideration of Rs 360 crore. According to highly placed sources in R-ADAG, the group has roped in UK-based strategic brand consulting and design company Landor Associates to design the company's new look. Music director A R Rahman has been roped in for composing the jingles for the R-ADAG companies' commercials. Sanjay Bhel, head branding and marketing, Reliance Communications, had earlier said, "The new brand identity for the R-ADAG companies will be unveiled soon. We have roped in the best consultants in the world. " R-ADAG is expected to use the word 'Reliance' and the Reliance logo either 'behind the visual' or the graphical representation of the letter 'R' with flame in the background, as per the trademark management agreement (TMA) signed between RIL and R-ADAG companies.

According to the TMA, both the groups will be allowed to use the logo for their existing businesses and any new business that they may start first. =125004

dayita Goldie

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A must see for collegians
IndiaGlitz [Thursday, April 20, 2006]

Suriya's Jillunu Oru Kaadhal is nearing completion. Scheduled for release this June, the movie stars Jyothika and Bhoomika opposite Suriya.

Supposedly a campus love-story, Jillunu Oru Kaadhal is being directed by a debutant Krishna.

The highlight of the movie is the musical score by A R Rehman.

A major portion of the movie has been completed and the unit says it has shaped up really well.

According to Suriya, Jillunu Oru Kaadhal is a love story, a must-see for all those who want to relive their college days.

With rumors that Suriya and Jyothika are planning to enter wedlock still around, the two coming together on the screen has aroused great expectations among movie-buffs.

dayita Goldie

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Rehman is in full swing
IndiaGlitz [Monday, May 15, 2006]

A R Rehman, tipped as Moazart of Madras by the Time Magazin,  is currently busy with a musical album Pray For Me, Brother being brought out as part of United Nations TB Millennium Campaign.

Leaving his mark in international musical arena, Rahman is also busy in Tamil with many offers including the much awaited Sivaji starring Rajinikanth.

Rahman also has several plans up his sleeve. It  includes a religious musical album on the poems of Karaikudi Mastan  Saheb. Rahman has commenced works with his music guru Dakshinamoorthy  for completing this album.

Also, Rahman is keen on composing a symphony in the future.

Keep up the good work, Rahman.
dayita Goldie

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Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj to make his debut S.R. Ashok Kumar
In a film titles as 'Sakarakatti', to be produced by Dhanu

A still from film "Sakarakatti"
CHENNAI: Writer, director and actor K. Bhagyaraj's son Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj is going to put on the grease paint for the first time and the movie is going to be directed by Kalaaprabu, son of producer Dhanu. The young director has roped in all the big names as the technicians for "Sakarakatti" produced by Dhanu for V. Creations. A.R. Rahman scores the music while Antony does the editing. J. Andrews takes care of the cinematography. Dhanu said that he was happy to see his son take up direction while the latter says he was impressed with Bhagyaraj's son. The film is the story of two girls fighting to get the hero's hand. Both Shivi and Isittha are from Mumbai, both beautiful and talented. Started as writer He started as a writer and worked very closely with Saba Kailash, who did "Punnagai Poo" and "VIP". "I did not think of acting at all and when I want to enter I decided to direct films." So he does the story, screenplay, dialogue and direction.

Kalaaprabu's real name is Prabu but he has prefixed his mother's name Kalaa and has called himself as Kalaaprabhu.

dayita Goldie

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Rahman proves why he is the Godfather of music

"I'll make you an offer you can't refuse", said Marlon Brando famously in the cult classic movie Godfather. Now, we aren't going to the extent of comparing K.S. Ravikumar's upcoming movie of the same name (starring Ajith and Asin) with arguably the greatest movie of all time (let's reserve judgment after we have actually seen the film). However, as far as Rahman's music is concerned, he really has given a score you can't ignore, if not refuse.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves here…
1. Ilamai (Aslam, Tanvi, Shalini)

The album kicks off with arguably the pick of the lot, Ilamai. This is a very feel-good, fast paced track that immediately makes you shake your head and tap your feet to its infectious beats. No doubt, this is the track that the youth will make their own, and I can just foresee it being blasted off loudspeakers in cars and FM stations. Rahman's vintage style is evident in this track's catchy rhythms.
As it has almost become a tradition with all his albums, we also get to hear a remix version of the song by Blaaze. However, the rather-too-short remix does not capture the magic of the original – plus Blaaze's technically "compressed" voice in the background does get rather annoying.
2. Theeyil Vizhundathey (AR Rahman)

The next song features Rahman himself lending his voice to Theeyil Vizhundathey. This very somber piece of music has heavy Arabic influences, and Rahman's modulating voice appropriately captures the soulful mood required for the song. But after a few listens, you tend to have the nagging feeling that you have heard a similar song in his own Alaipayuthe.

3. Kaatril (SPB, Sadhana Sargam, Bharadwaj)

Kaatril is a track that features Sadhana Sargam in a very polished performance, along the incomparable voice of S.P. Balasubramanium. This is one of those tracks that you might just ignore on the first listen, but as nearly always with most of his albums, this song "grows" on you after a while.

4. Thothapuram (Kalpana, Sonukakar, Leon James, Peer Mohamed, Ranjith)

Somehow, the song Thothapuram, on the flip side, disappoints – it doesn't quite strike me as anything out of the ordinary. We have heard songs of this nature a lot of times before in Tamil films, and there is nothing much to talk about. Of course, it is fairly good, but you don't normally expect Rahman to give "fairly good" songs.

5. Innisai (Naresh, Mahathi)

After Ilamai, the other song which is truly worth Rahman's name is Innisai. This song features beautifully orchestrated Indian classical music, given a Rahman-esque touch – and that is enough to tell you that this track works big time. The very feel of this song is grandiose and extravagant, and I have the feeling that this track would sound even better when watched on the big screen. Innisai also comes with a remix adaptation, and surprisingly, even the remix is wonderful on the ears.

6. Kamma Karaiyil (Naresh, Sowmiya)

We have Kamma Karaiyil as the final track of the album. This is the sort of "street-smart" song that we have seen so often in Vijay-starrers – however, Vijay didn't have the luxury to have a genius like Rahman scoring his music. Therefore, even though this genre is well-known, the song is pretty nice to hear – familiar, but refreshingly different. A great way to close a memorable album.

The trouble with reviewing a Rahman album is that you always have to redefine what "good" is. Impressive as that may sound, that's not always a good thing. We have seen the maestro delivering some of the most unforgettable tracks that Indian cinema has ever heard, so even when he lets his guard down just a tiny little bit, you feel the difference immediately.

So even though Godfather is an otherwise superior album, some purists may argue that it does not reach the elite standard that Rahman has set for himself. That may be true, but compared to the kind of film music that is churned out week after week, Rahman is still leagues ahead of them. This year's super success with the sublimely beautiful Rang de Basanti showed that Rahman has still not lost his touch – and now Godfather proves it once again. odfather%20music%20review.html

Edited by dayita - 16 May 2006 at 10:58am
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Kalam, Rajnikant, Rahman-TN's top icons

New Delhi, May 6: President A P J Abdul Kalam, superstar Rajnikant and music composer A R Rahman have been voted the biggest icons of Tamil Nadu in a media survey.
The three, who were chosen from a list of six eminent personalities from the state, bagged 18 per cent votes each out of the over 5,000 polled in the on-line survey conducted jointly by CNN-IBN and The Hindu.
The other bigwigs in the list included versatile actor Kamal Hassan, Chess legend Vishwanathan Anand and cancer specialist and Magsaysay award winner V Shantha.

Anand and Shantha received 16 per cent votes each, while Kamal Hassan got the nod from 15 per cent of the respondents. (Agencies) 67FEAEA2-0604-46AE-AC61-E4B89E0BDDEE%7D&CATEGORYNAME=Nat ional

dayita Goldie

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Singing a new tune...
Rahul Verma
[ Saturday, May 06, 2006 07:20:13 pmTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

AR Rahman and Nokia come together for a cause, and also provide a complete music experience.

From international acclaim to commercial success, AR Rahman has got it all. Every music album that he comes out with sets a new record, taking excellence to a new level altogether.

However, there is one facet of Rahman's personality that is still hidden - his deep interest in humanitarian concerns.

An extension of his interest in spirituality since childhood, it has led him to participate in many charity events.

The first such concert was in 1999, when Rahman performed a song Ekam Satyam at a charity concert in Munich with Michael Jackson called 'MJ and friends'. He also organised concerts to raise money for Tsunami victims in 2004, where he collaborated with international musicians like Cat Stevens, Magne Furuholmen and Neil Primrose.

Enrolled as brand ambassador by the UN, Rahman has also been working actively for the eradication of TB worldwide.

He is committed to take forward the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of poverty alleviation. In 2005, Rahman composed a song Pray for me, Brother, which was chosen by the UN as the theme for its poverty alleviation mission.

It was here that Nokia, also wishing to be associated with the UN's MDG, entered the picture. This initiative Pray for me, Brother led to a tie-up between the company and Rahman, and they decided to conduct a series of high-profile events and activities across the country for the cause.

The proceeds from the same would be donated to the United Nations charity towards poverty alleviation.

As part of this announcement, Nokia recently presented its first N91 music smart phone to Rahman. Part of the Nokia Nseries, this phone is the first of its kind music-smart phone that delivers seamless switching between the integrated functions of music, smart phone and imaging.

What differentiates the Nokia N91 is the fact that it is always connected, enabling users to download music while on the move, add songs to their play list and share them anytime, anywhere.

It provides a massive storage space of 4GB and can store up to 3,000 songs. While supporting a host of digital music formats, the phone offers 12.5 hours of seamless digital sound.

Speaking on the occasion, Rahman said, "I am delighted to be associated with the Nokia Nseries for my Pray for Me, Brother album, which, for the first time, will have my sound tracks in English. I

am also thrilled with the complete music experience delivered by the phone and I am convinced that it will become my constant mobile music companion".

Gautam Advani, director, Multimedia, Nokia India, said, "We are extremely honoured and excited about our association with the guru of music, Rahman.

This announcement breaks new ground for mobile music in India and we are thrilled that Rahman has chosen Nokia N91 for himself."

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