R RAHMAN SAVOURS BRUMMIE CULTURE
(10 April 2003)
R Rahman, the biggest name in the Indian music industry visited
Birmingham on Thursday 10 April to announce details of a collaboration
with one of the city's world-famous arts companies on a joint programme
of work leading up to Birmingham's planned reign as European Capital
This major East meets West collaboration will emphasise Birmingham's
rich diversity which has helped make it favourite for the European
cultural crown in 2008.
has achieved superstar status through his Bollywood music, and is
reported to be the world's biggest selling living artist with more
than 40 million albums of his own and many more tapes of film music
sold. He is now building his fame across the globe and has just
flown to Europe from a concert tour of India, USA and Canada.
first major work outside India was for Andrew Lloyd-Weber, writing
the score for the West End musical Bombay
Dreams - which is now set to open on Broadway. Lloyd Webber
said, "A R Rahman is nothing short of a melodic genius. It
has been thrilling to watch London theatregoers embrace Bombay Dreams
with such fervour. Bringing this talent and this musical to Broadway
brings my own dreams for this project full-circle."
starting to learn the piano at the age of four, Allah Rakha Rahman
started work as a keyboard player aged eleven. The Daily Mail described
him as "the Asian Mozart from Madras". Following a teenage
musical career, he earned a scholarship to Trinity College of Music
in Oxford and a degree in Western classical music. He then started
to make a name for himself in Indian by writing and producing advertising
jingles. His career really took off after writing Bollywood film
music like the hugely popular 'Chhaiyya Chaiyya' for the movie 'Dil
Se', titletracks 'Rangeela' and 'Dil Se' and all the music for the
internationally acclaimed blockbuster 'Lagaan'.
a previous visit to the Birmingham Film and Television Festival,
A R Rahman was encouraged by the city's approach to multi-cultural
arts and will now produce a major work to receive its world premiere
at a famous city venue. He was in Birmingham on Thursday 10 April
for a planning meeting. Picture here outside the Birmingham Symphony
Hall, he will conduct the CBSO in the world premiere of 'Conference
of the Birds' later this year.
hopes of an entire South Asian Community rest on the success
of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical 'Bombay Dreams'. After
all, if this celebrated theatrical maestro with the world-famous
music of A R Rahman and several million pounds cannot make a
success out of this venture, then there is little hope of the
South Asian Art form becoming mainstream.
The natak fringe productions will remain just that - fringe!
- THE INTERNATIONAL BLOCKBUSTER OF 2001
I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to see a Bollywood
movie. If I say that not since 'Pakeezah' have I seen a decent
.you'll get the picture! But Lagaan, the Oscar
Nominated Bollywood Movie of the Year is excellent - cricket
fans will adore it.
here to visit Birmingham