Monday, April 20, 2009
Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman has ended his temporary break from Bollywood by recording the music for 1-800-Love.
The 43-year-old, who bagged two Oscars for his work on Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, flew into Mumbai and began producing the score to Abbas Tyrewala's next film.
Rahman wrapped up the composition of Adnan Sami's for 1-800-Love ahead of flying to the US to work on other projects.
The film's producer Madhu Mantena said: “Abbas wanted the music of our film to take off before Rahman took off. So he specially requested him to fly to the US via Mumbai.”
1-800-Love, which features John Abraham as both an actor and co-producer, will begin shooting later this month in Boston.
Musician AR Rahman is not stopping at his Oscar glory and making sure that the next generation takes it only further. Here is a CNN-IBN exclusive look into his music conservatory where he is grooming the next breed of composers.
"We only celebrate what is tradition which is great, which is fantastic. But what have you contributed?," demanded Rahman.
A reason why Rahman founded the K M Conservatory - a music school was to churn out students with musical excellence matching International standards.
"Composers from here like me and Ilayaraja sir, anybody, who wants to work with an orchestra with full symphony orchestra - we had to go abroad and spend thousands of dollars," explained Rahman.
However, today students from India and abroad can come to the K M Conservatory and learn both Indian and Western classical music, including a range of musical instruments from the cello to the drums.
There is a preparatory course for beginners, a foundation one for serious pursuers, apart from this there is also a three year degree course in collaboration with the Middlesex University. Most importantly, the conservatory also aims at reviving dying musical traditions.
"Though we want to concentrate on instruments that are dying like violin and brass and woodwinds and everything, people are more interested in piano and composition and voice and all that stuff. We are also looking at areas where we don't have players like brass and woodwinds and so many instruments for which we used to have players before, in the older generation butnot anymore," he said.
Meanwhile, The AR Rahman Foundation sponsors the musical education of Corporation School students - aiming to create musical geniuses out of the under-privileged as well.
However, Rahman's long time vision is to create a signature symphony orchestra out of his pass-outs. "We have classical musicians and we have brass bands, which plays out of tune so being such a 1.4 billion people we don't have an orchestra in any of the cities. It used to exist in the 60s but not anymore," he said.
The foundation has been laid and the course charted and now all that remains for the conservatory now is to live up to Rahman's dream of becoming the future of music.
A.R. Rahman is planning to meet up with The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger during his visit to the US, according to reports.
Rahman agreed to get in the studio with the Grammy Award-winning artist after the duo first met at the Oscars last month.
A source close to the musician told The Times of India: "When Rahman met Jagger, they discovered that they could do some good music together. It was then that they decided that A.R. Rahman would visit the US again and they would have another jamming session."
The latest collaboration comes on the back of the Bollywood composer's teaming up with The Pussycat Dolls for an English remix of his Oscar-winning hit 'Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)'.
Rahman began producing the score to Abbas Tyrewala's 1-800-Love last week during a brief visit to Mumbai.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
“God just had selected me to collect this on behalf of you all”
M.S.Viswanathan blessed Rahman with many more such awards Ilayaraja all praise for the feat of two Oscars in the same year
CHENNAI: To the scores of musicians, who extolled the musical talent of A.R.Rahman on Sunday, and to the rest of world, the Oscar-winner had just one thing to say: “Music is oneness.
Abusing each other in a music industry is unhealthy. I request my fans to stay away from degrading someone else’s composition because every work is worth its effort.”
continued: “This award belongs to every person in the musicindustry. God just had selected me to collect this on behalf of you all.”
A piercing applause rounded off the felicitation function for the Academy Award-winner that organised by the Cine Musicians’ Union.
Veteran Carnatic musician M. Balamurali Krishna, said the award was a recognition of Rahman’s musical creativity and hard work. Producer A.V.M. Saravanan recalled the chartbuster days of ‘Minsara Kanavu’ and the more-recent ‘Sivaji,’ composed by Rahman, and said both the musical albums played a major role in the movies’ success.
He expressed optimism that veterans in the film industry such as M.S.Viswanathan and Vaali will be honoured justly for their immense contribution to the industry.Tracing the journey of music in Tamil films, Director K. Balachander said his Oscar took the Indian films to a global stage. Films like ‘Nayagan,’ ‘Devar Magan,’ ‘Lagaan,’ and‘Taare Zameen Par’ were not lucky enough to notch the Academy award simply because they were not in English, he said.
M.S.Viswanathan blessed Rahman with many more such awards and said the recognition was only a start for the Indian music industry. Music Director Ilayaraja spoke on the richness of Indian music, which has produced “world-class musicians who revolutionised the film music with their creativity.” “Musicians who have won more than one Oscars had their awards spaced out between a span of good many years. But Rahman made history by winning two awards in the same year,” he said.
Other composers, including Bharadwaj, Deva, S.A.Rajkumar, Harris Jeyaraj, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Devi Sri Prasad, and singers Janaki, Chitra and Mano participated.
It was another double for A.R.Rahman at the 54th annual Filmfare Awards nite held in Mumbai today. Rahman snagged both the Best Background Score (for Jodhaa Akbar) and the Best Music (for Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na) awards at a star-studded ceremony that saw Bollywood give a standing ovation to Rahman for his recent Oscar achievements. Rahman had four nominations in two categories this year. Rahman received the awards from Prasoon Joshi and Asha Bhonsle respectively. These were the 24th and 25th Filmfare awards of his career.
A.R.Rahman was announced winner of the Best Score for Slumdog Millionaire and Best Song for Jai Ho from the same film at the 81st Academy Awards night held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on the 22nd of February, 2009. Rahman is the first Indian to win two Oscars. Slumdog Millionaire swept the Oscars and won 8 out of the 9 categories it was nominated in. Resul Pookutty and Gulzar were the other winners from India.
The other contenders included Alexandre Desplat for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard for The Dark Knight, Thomas Newman for Wall-E and Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus for Mamma Mia.
Slumdog Millionaire picked up six other awards including Best Film and Best Director.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Music maestro A. R. Rahman has just won the Golden Globe for the Best original musical score of Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Now the musical genius from Chennai has done it again, winning 3 nominations for the Oscars as well.The Golden Globe winning film by Boyle has swept the Oscar nominations by being nominated in ten categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 22. The news that would make every Indian proud is the fact that Rahman has been nominated in three categories, one for best original score and two in the best original song section. The two song which have been nominated are 'Jai Ho' written by Gulzar and 'O Saaya' co-written by Maya Arulpragasam. The film has also been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button led the race with 13 nominations. If Rahman does go on to win the Oscar, it will truly be an Indian evening at the Academy Awards this year as the film itself is the rags-to-riches story of an Indian boy from the Mumbai slums.