Sunday, February 25, 2007

Rahman's new song for International Charts

Rahman is all set to rule the international music charts. With the release of his self-composed-and-sung English track titled 'Pray For Me Brother' produced by Universal Music, it could just be possible. However, notwithstanding the commercial reasons, Rahman has composed the

number for a noble cause to support the vision of Millennium Development Goals.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was formed from the pact that was signed in the year 2000 at the significant UN Millennium Summit held at New York by Prime Ministers, Presidents, and other noted leaders from 189 countries. Rahman is an ardent supporter of MDGs that functions with an aim to eradicate poverty, hunger, and disease in the world by 2015.

'Pray For Me Brother' will be made available on the Millennium campaign's website, for free downloads according to Salil Shetty, director of the Millennium Campaign, New York. The song will also be used for the organization's global campaign to propagate its goals around the world including Europe and the US.

Rahman mentioned that this song would be India's rendition to the world in achieving the cause of MDGs. "Hunger is the only common thing among people and it is only to survive that people beg. I hope that this song will inspire people to do something to eradicate those kind of social evils", the maestro added.

Not many people knew that Rahman has been appointed by the UN as Brand Ambassador to eradicate tuberculosis. "It was while planning to compose a song for the same that I started to think about the much bigger universal issue - poverty and hunger. I decided to shift the focus and with the help of my friend Blaaze came up with the song", revealed Rahman.

A 'stand up' event - to promote the cause of the Millenium Campaign and its Civil Society partners - was held in October, which registered a record attendance of 23 million people participating for the MDGs. Out of which 18 million joined from Asia and 9.7 from India.

Time to make the world a better place.


Friday, February 16, 2007

Rahman receives Swaralaya award

Internationally famous music director A.R. Rahman was presented with the 7th Yesudas award by Swaralaya in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
The presentation ceremony which was held at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium was attended by eminent cultural figures of Malayalam.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh, a citation and a statuette designed by famous sculptor, Kanayi Kunhiraman.
Yesudas, speaking on the occasion, appreciated the multiple talents of Rahman and acknowledged him as the best of his times. He added that A.R. Rahman's manifestation of talent is the result of his long struggle and unstinting hard work.
Rahman after receiving the award remembered his olden days when he worked under noted music director Arjunan Master at a salary of Rs. 50. Rahman opined that he is overwhelmed to received the award and said that Yesudas' is his most favorite voice.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

AR Rahman honoured

Few days back, we had informed you about the Kerala based Swaralaya’s decision to honour AR Rahman with Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award for 2007.

The award was given to the young prodigy yesterday, by eminent singer Yesudas, at a function held at Thiruvananthapuram.

Awards are not new to Rahman. He has always made us proud with his versatile genius and we at indiaglitz wish him all the best to continue doing us proud."


AR Rahman releases an album

AR Rahman released a new age album of reputed violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh, at a function held recently.

Vikku Vinayakram, the ghatam maestro, received the first copy of the album.

This album is said to be an attempt at traversing borders, as it offers a rich blend of traditional and contemporary sounds in a way that is sure to leave listeners spellbound.

With globalization being today’s watchword, an attempt like this surely deserves appreciation and we at indiaglitz applaud the effort from the violin wizards at taking music to the next level."


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Rahman – "The intro songs that I wrote for Rajini"

The much awaited mega movie of the year Sivaji is being packaged with all necessary ingredients to enthrall the Rajini fans. Looks like the Rajini magic has done its effect on Rahman as well. Talking to news sources on his music in Sivaji, Rahman let out that he was always spellbound with Rajini's style.


There was no plan earlier for an introductory song in Sivaji. However it was later decided to have one and when Shankar approached me for the same I put the best of my efforts, Rahman answered for a question. "The song has come out really well. Shankar showed me a few rushes and there is now one more reason for me to be a Rajini fan", adds the Mozart. He further assured that Sivaji's music would outperform Baba.

On talking about intro songs for the Superstar,"Rajini's introduction songs are always a challenge. I enjoyed doing Oruvan Oruvan Mudhalali in Muthu. That had a bit of philosophical touch to it. Singa nadai pottu from Padayappa was created based on folk tunes, whereas Vettri kodi kattu from the same movie had fast beats and trumpet just to bring out the speed with which the protagonist grows in his life. Working for Padayappa was definitely a great experience. Rajinikanth is very clear about the music that his fans expect from him movies".

On few of the missed ones, "Mudhalvane song from Mudhalvan was written with Rajini in mind. For some reason Rajinikanth didn't act in the movie. One more introductory song was composed when Jaggubhai was announced. However, the project was shelved later and I used the song for S.J.Surya's Anbe Aruyire."

Sivaji's shoot schedules are nearing completion and the movie is slated for a late April 2007 release. The audio is expected to be released by mid March.


Monday, February 05, 2007

A.R.Rahman to be honored

AR Rahman, the young music director who has consistently been making India proud, has got many awards and accolades to his credit.

Now the young prodigy will be honored with the Swaralaya-Kairali-Jesudas Award for 2007 by the Kerala based Swaralaya.

This was announced by the jury which comprises The Minister for Cultural Affairs MA Baby, playback singers K.P. Udayabhanu and B. Arundhathi, lyricist Poovachal Khader and litterateur Rosemary.

Swaralaya, an organization established with the aim of promoting music, honors music artists every year in recognition for their outstanding performance in Indian film music by giving them awards.

Veteran music director K. Raghavan will also be honored during the occasion, for his contribution to Malayalam film music.

Rahman's prize comprises cash of one lakh, a citation and a statue designed by Kanayi Kunhiraman.


Friday, February 02, 2007

Yesudas to felicitate A R Rahman

February 01, 2007

Awards in any field are a motivating force to perform better and better. They inspire the person to scale starry heights. Though awards are not new to Isai Pual A R Rahman, when it has been received from a veteran like K J Yesudas, it is sure to be a noteworthy accomplishment.

A R Rahman

Swaralaya Kairali is an organization that honors and confers Yesudas award every year for people belonging to music field. This year, A R Rahman is the proud recipient of this prestigious award. The grand award ceremony is slated to be held on the 12th of February this year at Trivandrum, Kerala. Rahman will receive this award from Yesudas. A spectacular music show featuring both north Indian and south Indian music has been intended.