Stop comparing me with my Guru ~ A R R

5 03 2009

Comparisons are merely present only in India, especially in Bollywood and Kollywood where you don’t get to see even a single media channel ending it’s day without pulling one’s legs by raising one’s name above them.

Now it has turned to be a hot topic in South India, especially the Tamil Film Industry where many have been debating the issue of who’s greater between ‘Ilayaraja’ and his protégé ‘A.R. Rahman’. None are least or greater than anyone. If you ask us, it would be the apt reply. Perhaps, we’re sure there isn’t any big reason other than this.

A.R. Rahman was bit distressed addressing the throngs gathered for his felicitation on Sunday Evening where his mentor Ilayaraja and M.S. Viswanathan were present. Speaking on the occasion, he said, ‘I was bit disappointed watching media channels especially certain websites that were continually passing abusive comments by comparing Ilayaraja sir with him. He’s the great master of all times and I’m nothing when compared to him… Elder Musicians like him laid the foundation and I’ve represented them for these awards’.

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Chennai greets Oscar winner A R Rahman

26 02 2009

ar-rehman-oscarsMusic maestro A R Rahman, the first Indian to win two Oscars, returned to his home city — Chennai to a rousing welcome by his fans and friends in the wee hours of Thursday on February 26.

The 43-year-old musician, who won the Oscars for Best Original Music and Best Song for his compositions in “Slumdog Millionaire” at the 81st Academy Awards, arrived in Chennai from Dubai by an Emirates Airways flight at around 2.30 am.

A large number of people, who waited at the airport for the ‘Mozart of Madras’, cheered him up as he emerged out of the international terminal to the beats of drum specialist Sivamani and his troupe.

Kerala’s “Kottu Melam” (percussion instrument) artists gave a performance on behalf of the Indian Airlines.

On behalf of the state government, Tamil Nadu Information Minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi received Rahman with a bouquet at the airport terminal.

A visibly happy Rahman waved at the crowd acknowledging their support before leaving for his home.

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Congrats America for finding Rahman

25 02 2009

oscar-rahman “I had a choice between love and hate, and I chose love. That’s why I am here today.” – AR Rahman on winning his second Oscar.

The Mozart from Madras created history on February 23, 2009 in Los Angeles and sent entire India into a euphoric frenzy. A special mention here for the hugely talented Resul Pookutty as well, who brought home the third Oscar for Sound Mixing.

The reverberations of Rahman’s two Oscar wins will be felt for a long time and also celebrated by brands that the music maestro endorses. Rahman’s association with these brands has been long and epoch making. He has given them a lot of credibility, respect, immense value addition in terms of brand positioning and a lot of social causes that the brands got associated with through him.

Congratulating Rahman, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises, said, “The global acclaim for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ mirrors the growth story of India. This signals the arrival of India on the world entertainment stage. In particular, AR Rahman’s unique double Oscar win has made all of us very proud. Airtel has shared a long friendship with Rahman, who composed the Airtel signature tune, which is synonymous with the brand today. Our heartiest congratulations to Rahman and the entire ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ team.”

Nearly two years back, the opening song of Spike Lee’s movie ‘Inside Man’ had made many in the audience feel that a wrong soundtrack was being played. But as the air cleared, it made every Indian who watched that movie enjoy the magic of Rahman’s music in a Hollywood flick for the first time.

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A R Rahman wins dual Oscars for Music

23 02 2009

A.R. Rahman holds the Oscars for best original score and for best original song

A.R. Rahman holds the Oscars for best original score and for best original song

It was a remarkable journey from Chennai to Hollywood for music maestro Allah Rakha Rahman who made a billion Indians proud, adding another feather in his cap by bagging two Oscars for his score in “Slumdog Millionaire”.

It was a ‘Jai ho’ for the soft-spoken Rahman, hailed by Time Magazine as the ‘Mozart of Madras’, when he walked to receive the award for Best Original Score and Best Song for ‘Jai Ho’. The ‘Mozart of Madras’, who redefined contemporary Indian music and has been a role model for millions of Indians, has already won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his music in Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire”.

A.R. Rahman performs Oscar nominated original song “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire”

A.R. Rahman performs Oscar nominated original song “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire”

The 43-year-old music wizard, who has enthralled audience in the country and abroad with his heartwarming symphonies, is creating waves on the international stage with his composition in “Slumdog Millionaire”.

Born as A.S. Dileep Kumar in a musically affluent family in Chennai on 6 January 1966, he changed his name to Allah Rakha Rahman after his family converted to Islam in the late 1980’s.

Rahman was forced to shoulder the responsibilities of his family at the age of nine after his father R.K. Shekhar, who was a composer, arranger and conductor for Malayalam movies, died due to illness. The music genius came to the limelight with his music for a Bombay Dyeing ad and Leo Coffee in 1980’s which became very popular.

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Stylish A R Rahman for Oscars Red Carpet

19 02 2009

Come February 22, and all eyes will be on how Slumdog Millionaire will fare arrehmanat the Oscars. But something Indian stars will be seen in at the man, it’s only Western clothes. Says his stylist Vijayeta Kumar. “Rahman has zeroed in on two outfits for each of the parties – the Oscars’ red carpet and the post-awards party by vanity Fair. He’s sticking only to Western wear and nothing really Indian or traditional. He wore traditional attire at the BAFTAs and given the strict dress code at the Oscars, he’s opting for a suit.”

Another source reveals that it’s a black tuxedo and a grey tux shirt by Lanvin that Rahman has chosen for the red carpet. He was shown a lot of options – some seven to eight outfits – to be worn for the main ceremony and he finally decided on the grey tux shirt as it has a classic air to it.”

Rahman will be accompanied by his wife Saira Bano, who will be wearng a Sabyasachi Mukherjee creation.
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The making of a Musical Genius

7 02 2009

ar-rahmanOnly two Indians have ever won an Oscar – costume designer Bhanu Athaiya for Gandhi (1982) and art house director Satyajit Ray who received a lifetime achievement award in 1992. However, with three Academy Award nominations this year for Slumdog Millionaire – one for overall score and for two songs – Chennai-based composer A R Rahman looks likely to be the third. He’s also up for the Best Music award at Sunday night’s Baftas.

“We’ve been waiting for this for 80 years,” said Rahman recently in The Hindu, the Indian daily newspaper. “I think it will create a bridge between Western and Indian audiences, and lead to more people exploring Indian music.”

While Rahman first came to the attention of Western audiences with his film music for Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and stage shows Bombay Dreams and The Lord of the Rings, his already stellar profile will go into overdrive should he win. Numerous Hollywood offers have been coming his way since the film’s release.

Just as in a Bollywood film, in Slumdog Millionaire the music is almost as important as the imagery and the narrative, and is central to its ambience of grit and grandeur. “We wanted it edgy, upfront. Danny [Boyle, who directed] wanted it loud,” says Rahman.

Until now, the 43-year-old Rahman was often seen as a kind of Indian Andrew Lloyd Webber, inventive and full of melodic facility, often veering into the middle of the road. Lloyd Webber compares Rahman to Paul McCartney.

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Be Rahmaniac ! Wear Rahmaniac !

2 02 2009

t-shirt-copy1So finally here’s your chance to grab “I’m a Rahmaniac” official A.R.Rahman signature T-shirt. Grab it to prove that you are also a die hard Rahmaniac. Wow! what a day that would be, you wearing the exclusive t shirts of A R Rahman…We need to wait and see how many of them Rahman-the wizard will grab.

Let’s not beat around the bush. Well, we have started the campaign and started distributing the T Shirts.

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