Described by many as the world’s most prominent and prolific music composers of recent times, Indian music maestro AR Rahman is teaming up with promoters, Techfront and Rapport Global Events to produce a one-of-its kind musical extravaganza in the sub-continent for the first time ever towards the latter half of 2013. The legendary icon will embark on a one-month long expedition touring Kolkata (Salt Lake Stadium, 1st), Visakhapatnam (Indira Priyadarshni Cricket Stadium, 12th), Jaipur(BhawaniNiketan Education Trust, 20th) and Ahmedabad(Sardar Patel Stadium,27th)in October 2013to give fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness a live interactive theatrical experience encompassing his award winning musical renditions over the years blended with state of the art technology, great visual effects, synchronised choreography and powerful dance arrangements. The tour aims to showcase the technological progression of the music industry through a modern interactive presentation featuring high voltage music in its’ purest form. As part of this tour, the enigmatic legend will be travelling to Sydney to put up an exhilarating performance at the All Phones Arena on the 24th of August 2013. Interestingly this is the very first time in 20 years; the world figure will be embarking on a road tour of this stature.
The Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist with his ensemble of singers will be performing his all-time classics from his prolific career, including acclaimed songs from landmark Indian films like Jodhaa Akbar, SlumdogMillionaire,Lagaan, Jab TakHaiJaan,JaaneTuYaJaane Na, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti, Rockstar and Bombay. AR Rahman songs has not only redefined contemporary Indian music but also transcends boundaries. Other specialists of the likes Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Neeti Muhan, Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur, Vijay Prakash, Mano, Ranjit Barot will also be accompanying the stalwart on this tour.
AR Rahman states, “Music for me is an expression of unconditional and unlimited love. I find joy in the smallest of pleasures which I share with the world through my music. This tour is a gesture of the love I have for my fans in India and I thank Techfront and Rapport Global Events for putting this together. I want to closely interact with my fans while we celebrate my music at the tour. We are a great prosperous musical nation and tours like these are a great way to rekindle theconnect with the audiences on a more personalised level. Music is the language of the souls and what cannot be put into words can be expressed through music. I would like to take this opportunity to give back to my fans what they gave me. We hope that this will mark a new beginning for many more such tours that will benchmark the music industry”
Mr. MS Muralidharan, Managing Director, Techfront & Promoter, RahmanIshq states, “The Indian entertainment industry is simply remarkable. Over the decades it has produced entertainers who have evolved to become global superstars. As one of the front runners in the technology sector, we are ecstatic to be hosting one of the greatest artists in the creative industry. A. R. Rahman has proved to the world that the Indian entertainment industry has come of age when he took home the Academy, and Grammy awards. It takes once-in-a-lifetime musical genius to give once-in-a-lifetime musical experience and we will be delivering a world class audio visual viewing pleasure to the senses with technical sorcery we have designed especially for this tour.We are creating special mobile applications which we will leverage during this tour with the help of augmented reality. Anything AR Rahman does raises expectations amongst his fan following all over the globe and we will remain committed to uphold that promise. RahmanIshq is a strategic endeavor to bring international standards across all production platforms and showcase next generation technology for entertainment events worldwide.”
Mr. Deepak Gattani, Managing Director, Rapport Global Events & Show Director, RahmanIshq states, “It feels good to have completed a century of shows with AR Rahman. I have worked alongside him since the past 17 years and I have witnessed the run-away success he has gained with his elaborate and exquisite live performances. However we aim to inculcate and establish a tradition of road trips like witnessed globally with the establishment of this tour. Through the vast tapestry of music that is AR Rahman, he takes us on a virtual journey through beauty, culture, and spirituality. This tour will be an everlasting experience that will be a feast for the eyes and ears with a full cast of dancers, singers, performers and musicians. We are reaching out to untapped metropolises where we envisage myriad potential for such kind of interactive entertainment. Moreover every piece of music he creates is so unique and starts growing on you finding a place in everyone’s heart. It touches people, regardless of class, culture or boundaries giving the concept of infinite love its true meaning.”
Rahman’s musical interests and outlook stem from his love of experimentation. Rahman’s compositions bring out auteuristic uses of counterpoint, orchestration and the human voice, melding Indian pop music with unique timbre, forms and instrumentation. By virtue of these qualities, his broad ranging lyrics and versatile style, the appeal of his music cuts across the spectrum of classes and cultures within Indian society. In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and thus contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities.
Tickets for India will go live from 15th August 2013 on Independence Day.
The RahmanIshq concert is a Techfront and Rapport Global Events presentation. It is supported by creative and artist management partner Rapport Global Events and radio partner Radio Mirchi. The event is managed and produced by Techfront.
It’s time to get up close and personal with the John Williams of the Indian film industry. Get entertained and feel the infinite love with AR Rahman songs. RAHMANISHQ – A.R. RAHMAN LIVE IN CONCERT!
|Saturday, 24th August, 2013||Sydney, Australia||All Phones Arena|
|Tuesday, 1st October, 2013||Kolkata, India||Salt Lake Stadium|
|Saturday, 12th October, 2013||Visakhapatnam, India||Indira Priyadarshini Cricket Stadium|
|Sunday, 20th October, 2013||Jaipur, India||BhawaniNiketan Education Trust|
|Sunday, 27th October, 2013||Ahmedabad, India||Sardar Patel Stadium|
ABOUT AR RAHMAN
A two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar), A. R. Rahman is popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music. Hailed by Time magazine as the ‘Mozart of Madras’, Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film soundtracks and albums across over half a dozen languages, including landmark scores such as ‘Roja’, ‘Bombay’, Dil Se’, ‘Taal’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Vandemataram’ and more recently, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘127 Hours’ and ‘Rockstar’
Rahman pursued music as a career at a very young age and after assisting leading musicians in India went on to compose jingles and scores for popular Indian television features. He also obtained a degree in western classical music from the Trinity College of Music, London and set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record-Inn at Chennai. In 1991, noted film maker Mani Ratnam offered Rahman a movie called ‘Roja’ which was a run-away success and brought nationwide fame and acclaim to the composer. The movie also won Rahman the Indian National Award for the best music composer, the first time ever by a debutant. Since then, Rahman has gone on to win the National Award 3 more times, the most ever by any music composer.
In 1997, to commemorate 50 years of Indian Independence, Sony Music signed up Rahman as its first artiste in South Asia. The result was ‘VandeMataram’, an album that instantly made Indians relate to it and succeeded in rekindling the spirit of patriotism. In 2001, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the well-known composer of musicals like ‘Phantom of the Opera’ & ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ invited Rahman to compose for his musical, ‘Bombay Dreams’, the first time he would produce a musical he did not compose for. ‘Bombay Dreams’ opened to packed houses at London’s West End and had an unprecedented run for 2 years and later premiered at New York’s Broadway. In 2005, Rahman composed the score for the stage production of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, one of the most expensive productions mounted on stage.
Rahman has undertaken several sellout concert tours in over 50 international destinations including one at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl in 2006 and the Royal Festival Hall in 2010. Recently, Time magazine rated the soundtrack of ‘Roja’ in the Top 10 of their all-time best movie soundtracks of the world; The Guardian, UK, listed the soundtrack of ‘Bombay’ in ‘1000 albums to listen before you die’. Rahman’s music led him to be noticed internationally with several of his tracks featuring in movies such as ‘The Lord of War’, ‘Inside Man’ and ‘The Accidental Husband’. His composition, Bombay Theme holds the distinction of being featured in over 50 international compilations. He also scored the music for the Hollywood productions, ‘Elizabeth – The Golden Age’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Couples Retreat’, ‘127 Hours’, ‘People Like Us’ and the Chinese movie, ‘Warriors of Heaven & Earth’ produced by Sony Pictures.
In 2008, Rahman’s work gained global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ that won 8 Academy Awards including two for Rahman, for Best Score and Best Song. Rahman won over 15 awards for this score including two Grammys, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA. In 2011, Rahman was nominated again for his work in ‘127 Hours’ at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA and won for Best Song at the Critics Choice Awards. Rahman has been bestowed with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ and ‘Padma Shri’, two of India’s highest national civilian honours, recognizing his contribution to music, in addition to several other awards including 4 Indian National Film Awards and 28 Filmfare Awards, India’s leading recognition for films. He has also been conferred with honorary doctorates from the Trinity College of Music, Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University and the Middlesex University. He was also named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, in 2009.
In 2011, Rahman joined a super band, SuperHeavy, comprising Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and Dave Stewart. Rahman has collaborated with several other international artistes including NusratFateh Ali Khan, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, MIA, Vanessa Mae, the Pussycat Dolls, Sarah Brightman, Dido, HossamRamzy, Hans Zimmer and Akon. Rahman remains one of the few mainstream artistes, classical adaptations of whose works have been performed live by the likes of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Babelsberg Film Orchestra and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Rahman has expanded his focus to newer horizons like setting up the A R Rahman Foundation to help poor and underprivileged children. He released his first English single, ‘Pray For Me Brother’ in 2007, with proceeds from the sales going to the foundation. He also serves as the UN Ambassador for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Rahman has also announced initiatives to establish a tradition in western classical music in India and recently embarked on an ambitious venture to set up the KM Music Conservatory and the KM Music Symphony Orchestra based out of Chennai, India. He plans to provide a platform for non-mainstream music through his music label KM Musiq and recently launched Rashid Ali and a documentary on UstadBismillah Khan.
Rahman is currently scoring for Dreamworks Animation’s Monkeys of Mumbai, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, and director Shankar’s and Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. His most recent releases include ‘Maryan’, ‘Raanjhanaa’, and the late Yash Chopra’s final directorial venture, ‘Jab TakHaiJaan’.
Techfront is a leading and specialized company providing complete arena management technology consisting of digital systems, interactive solutions, virtual technologies for sportainment. The worldwide offices in Sydney, Shenzhen, India, Chennai, New Delhi, Budapest, London, New York interface with leading sportainment bodies such as Formula 1 Circuits, English Premier League Clubs, UK Rugby League Clubs , International Cricket Council , Indian Premier League, Leading Football Clubs and Leagues in Middle East , Australian & NZ Rugby, Golf, Tennis Bodies to provide sponsorship centric, fan empowerment, broadcast enhanced solutions. It’s state of the art development centre at Shenzhen, China & Chennai in India develop cutting edge technologies. Techfront launched recently Follow On, a game changer in arena experience for sportainment , giving fans an empowering interface with their smart phones by providing connectivity, content and commerce to bring alive a new touch and feel experience. Techfront has been associated with AR Rahman concerts since 2009 and in February 2012 produced and managed a one of its kind 3D musical concert in Dubai.
ABOUT RAPPORT GLOBAL EVENTS
Rapport Global Events is a division of Rapport Productions Pvt. Ltd., famously recognised as “Rapport”. The company established in 1989 boasts of over 750 odd events experience in the past 25 years and is considered a firmly established frontrunner in the event business. Rapport’s expertise covers all aspect of events from conceptualizing to planning to management to co-ordination to execution covering single city, multi – city, outstation and international formats, from an indoor contained audience to outdoor stadiums and arenas measuring upto 1.5 lakh unique visitors. The company’s strategic selling point lies in creating concepts and content that can be televised giving the company an edge in the business of events. Over the years, Rapport has earned the privilege of working with the crème de la crème in the industry including Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Falguni Pathak, Daler Mehendi, Nadeem Shravan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Alisha Chinai, Hari Haran, Leslie Lewis, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Jagjit Singh, Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, etc. A R Rahman, the musical icon of India is the flagship brand that Rapport boasts of.The company has executed , created and managed 100 concerts with the maestro AR Rahman in India and globally, over 40 concerts with Daler Mehendi and 20 plus concerts with Asha Bhonsle. Rapport has assisted corporate and media companies in developing, managing and leveraging their events, from product launches to brand building events. The company has executed shows such as Screen Awards, The GladragsMrs. India Show, The Smirnoff International Fashion Awards, Zee Marathi Awards, Filmfare Awards, Sankalp Dandiyas, and Stardust Awards.