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Indian composer brings Bollywood to Lord of the Rings

AM - Friday, 16 September , 2005  08:24:00

Reporter: Karen Barlow

TONY EASTLEY: A megastar of music, adored by millions, has managed to slip into the country virtually unnoticed. Indian composer and musician A.R. Rahman has among his fans Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baz Lurhmann, Cate Blanchett and of course millions of fellow Indians.

He's composed the music for scores of albums and Bollywood films, and is gearing up for what may be a very controversial project, a stage musical production of Lord of The Rings.

A R Rahman, who was born a Hindu but who converted to Islam, is in Australia for stadium concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, which are already sold out.

AM's Karen Barlow reports.

(Sound of Rahman's music)

KAREN BARLOW: A classically trained musician from the India's Tamil south, A.R. Rahman, started his career writing advertising jingles. India's prolific and vibrant Bollywood film industry took notice, and since 1992 he's been in demand as a film scorer and artist. Rahman is known for melding traditional Indian music with western ideas and modern instruments.

(Sound of Rahman's music)

A R RAHMAN: When I got my first break I thought I don't want to do the same thing, which other people are doing here. I want our music to go around the world, being appreciated by all people around the globe rather than just being the (inaudible) of Indian, Asian people.

So that made me take efforts to do little changes, changing the beats or whatever and getting harmonies and chord progressions and stuff like that, you know, with traditional Indian melodies. And I think something, some magic happened.

(Sound of Rahman's music)

A R RAHMAN: I do appreciate every kind of music and sometimes it comes in naturally rather than intentionally.

(Sound of Rahman's music)

KAREN BARLOW: A R Rahman's joyful melodies and rhythms have won over millions of people, including Sydney's Vandana Ram, who's grown up with traditional Indian music.

VANDANA RAM: It is an experience of discovery, because you feel like you're starting off somewhere, it's often really slow and then it builds up and you go on a little journey with it.

There's often really strong percussion, so there's a fantastic sort of build up and climax, it's a whole experience. Yeah, I just find it leaves me… it's just fulfilling.

KAREN BARLOW: While Bollywood is starting to be mass-marketed to western audiences, Vandana Ram says A.R. Rahman is in a class of his own. Rahman says Bollywood compliments his work, but he's starting to reach out to a wider audience.

Andrew Lloyd Webber got him to do the music for his Broadway production, Bombay Dreams, three years ago.

Now he's working with Finnish folk musicians on the score for a Lord of the Rings stage musical, which is set to open in Toronto early next year.

(To A.R. Rahman) Well, tell me about that, because it's really hard to imagine The Lord of the Rings as a musical. I mean, how are you approaching this?

A R RAHMAN: It's a… they don't want to call this a musical, because there's so much music in it, probably two times more music in it than other musical shows, but it's done in a way where it's not the typical… ok, now, you're going to hear a song.

KAREN BARLOW: It's not Disney?

A R RAHMAN: No.

KAREN BARLOW: Oh, that's good. Because I suppose there are a lot of fans of The Lord of the Rings, even before the movies came out, and they'll be very particular about this.

A R RAHMAN: Very true. And I think some of them will definitely be more happy than with the films, when they see the show.

KAREN BARLOW: Really? That's a big call.

A R RAHMAN: Yeah. We are hoping that.

(Sound of Rahman's music)

TONY EASTLEY: Indian composer and musician, A.R. Rahman ending that report from Karen Barlow.

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Benefit concert offers multicultural opportunities
Visiting artists entertain, educate EMU students

By Rachel Elliott / Staff Writer
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006


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Concert pairs both Indian and American performers to portray the "best of" A.R. Rahman's illustrious work.
Regarded as a "composer extraordinaire" by the Indian entertainment industry for redefining contemporary Indian music, renowned composer A.R. Rahman will visit Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

"This is a special opportunity for Eastern Michigan to reinforce its multicultural mission," EMU President John A. Fallon says. "The engagement of these international artists on campus represents a significant opportunity for our students to experience important elements of Indian culture. Beyond this, the funding raised will provide opportunities for student travel to India to observe and participate in the culture."

Rahman, whose list of credits seems to overflow, most recently collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber in two musicals: "Bombay Dreams" and "Lord of the Rings." Rahman has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, composed scores for over 50 films, won 17 Filmfare awards and taken home three MTV awards. Nicknamed the "Mozart of Madras" by Time Magazine, Rahman was also the 2002 recipient of the Padma Shri title, India's highest civilian award, for his contribution to music.

Rahman will perform with the Global Rhythm All Stars and musicians Sekar, Kalish Kher and Vasundhara Das for a benefit concert titled "Wake Up! A.R. Rahman with 150 All Stars." The Global Rhythm All Stars, the group performing with Rahman, is a group of student musicians that began their mission at Miami University in Ohio.

"This group started with the leadership of Mr. Srinivas Krishnan, who was at that time artist in residence at Miami University of Ohio, and Dr. Ethan Sperry, Miami of Ohio's choral director," Dr. Sidney Fallon says. "The idea was to create a group [choral and instrumental] who could perform music from around the world. In the process they would be learning about the world."

The Fallons brought the All Stars to perform as the finale to a week long "Border Crossing Festival" at State University of New York. Shortly afterward, Mr. Krishnan visited EMU.

"We invited Srini back to campus and he and I agreed that through music young people could learn about and appreciate other cultures," Sidney says. "Srini met Mr. A.R. Rahman right around the same time and they talked about this. Last February I went to Chennai [India], where Srini, Mr. Rahman and I met, and Mr. Rahman agreed to do two fundraising benefit concerts to create funds that would generate more opportunities for students to gain a greater understanding of Indian culture and the arts."

In addition to the Global Rhythm All Stars, Mr. Rahman will bring along Vasundhara Das, vocalist and actress, as well as world-renowned cellist V.R. Sekar and vocalist Kailash Kher, who has worked with Rahman on several film projects.

The show will bring together Indian and American singers and dancers to showcase a "best of" A.R. Rahman's works.

"While the concert in and of itself is exciting and the potential endowment dollars are exciting, even more is that the artists have all agreed to work with students while they are here," Sidney says.

In addition to the performers of the benefit, three international filmmakers are joining in on the events: Rakeysh Mehra, Ramkumar Ganeshan, and Niclas Ribbarp. All the artists involved plan to do a variety of things on campus, such as conduct master classes, discuss their careers with students and work with a group of film students to create a documentary of the week's activities.

All the artists are performing in the benefit without being paid.

"They are absolutely amazing and all because of their belief in creating a more harmonious world through the arts starting with young people," Dr. Fallon says.

"We are fortunate and definitely honored that they have chosen EMU as one of their two locations to do all of this. I am hopeful that we can honor them back with great attendance at the concert and at the sessions they conduct on campus."

The benefit is the first of its kind at EMU. Proceeds will help fund opportunities for all students to learn about Indian culture and art. Tickets are $50 - $205 and are available by calling the EMU Convocation Center at 734-487-2282.

http://www.easternecho.com/cgi-bin/story.cgi?7551
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AR Rahman: "Remix but don't slaughter"
April 18, 2006
 
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AR Rahman is a self-confessed lover of Chinese films. The much sought-after music director who has scored music for the Chinese film, 'Heaven and Earth' said that he has been watching Chinese films since over a decade and loved them for their simplicity. Speaking to the media recently he said he was delighted to be a part of the Lord of the Rings concert in Canada. Talking of remixes, he said he was not against them. However, he condemned remixes that 'try 'to kill the original. Rahman said he had no future plans and said at the moment he has his hands full, with Rajini's 'Sivaji', Surya's 'Jillenu Oru Kaadal', Manirathnam's Hindi film 'Guru', and a couple of other Hindi films.

http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news/apr-06-03/18-04- 06-ar%20rahman.html

Edited by dayita - 16 May 2006 at 11:35pm
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Hum Hai Iss Pal Yahan



Hindi Song Title: Hum Hai Iss Pal Yahan
Hindi Movie/Album Name: KISNA
Singer(s): UDIT NARAYAN, MADHUSHREE


Hindi Lyrics:

Hum hain iss pal yahan, Jaane ho kal kahan
Hum miley na miley, Hum rahey na rahey
Rahegi sadaa yahan, Pyar ki ye dastan
Sunenge sadaa jise,Yeh Zameen asmaan

Hum hain iss pal yahan, Jaane ho kal kahan
Hum miley Na miley, Hum rahey na rahey
Rahegi sadaa yahan, Pyar ki ye dastan
Sunenge sadaa jise,Yeh Zameen asmaan

Rang dhal jaate hai, Din badal jaate hai
Raatein so jati hai, Raahen kho jaati hai
Pyar khota nahin, Pyar sota nahin
Pyar dhalta nahin, Haan badalta nahin

Hum hain iss pal yahan, Jaane ho kal kahan
Hum miley Na miley, Hum rahey na rahey
Rahegi sadaa yahan, Pyar ki ye dastan
Sunenge sadaa jise,Yeh Zameen asmaan

Hum jahan aaye hain, Meherbaan saaye hain
Hum yahaan khwaabon ke, karwaan laaye hain
Dhadkane hain jawaan, Ga raha hain samaa
Pighli pighli si hain, Mehki tanhaiyan

Hum hain iss pal yahan, Jaane ho kal kahan
Hum miley Na miley, Hum rahey na rahey
Rahegi sadaa yahan, Pyar ki ye dastan
Sunenge sadaa jise,Yeh Zameen asmaan


Hmmmm....mmmmmm....mmmmmmmm



Edited by Sudha_rn - 16 May 2006 at 10:56pm
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Dayita, thanks for the articles Smile

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Posted: 16 May 2006 at 11:34pm | IP Logged
Welcome Sudha,Thanks for the lyrics, keep on posting, keep this thread active.
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Thanks for the link Sonyaee Big smile

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