Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman comes to town | Film Beat | Indy Week
Pin It

Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman comes to town 

A.R. Rahman's multimedia spectacular, the Indian equivalent of Lady Gaga's Monster Ball, rolls into Raleigh for one last American tour date before he opens the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. We spoke to Rahman last week, and he told us that his double Oscar win for Slumdog Millionaire was "the ultimate, a dream come true for any musician."

It has certainly made him the most recognizable desi musician in the West. His Bollywood film scores include the Oscar nominated Lagaan, such hits as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from Dil Se and Bombay Dreams (named ninth in the BBC World Service's top 10 songs of all time) and, of course, "Jai Ho," the Slumdog song that garnered Oscars, Grammys and a Golden Globe—as well as other international awards— and enshrined him as the ultimate crossover artist.

The life of a Bollywood composer can tax the artistic temperament, though. Because of the way the films are made, the composing process is complicated. "You can't just finish doing one song and then go on to the next one," he says. When asked if he is ever requested to change his music once a song is being filmed, he responds with a laugh. "Always." And inevitably, some of his pearls go to waste: Asked if he sometimes wishes that a song had been in a better movie, he again says, "Always. If a movie is a flop, nobody ever listens to the music."

A tireless performer, Rahman is an instrumentalist, singer, music director and composer. He's also a synthesizer of diverse Western and Indian classical and popular styles, having collaborated with Michael Jackson, the Finnish group Vrttin and Andrew Lloyd Webber (on Bombay Dreams, an experience that "really opened up my brain a lot, seeing the world beyond music"). He, along with Marvin Hamlisch, recently entertained President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House.

Rahman calls his current tour, called the Jai Ho Concert, a "vibrant musical journey" that fuses a kaleidoscope of musicians, dancers and acrobats in a theatrical extravaganza. This is the most elaborate live Bollywood show the area has ever seen. Tickets available at rbccenter.com.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Film Beat



Twitter Activity

Comments

Kathy - is Home Movie Day still a thing? I noticed the mention of Home Movie Depot... it looks like …

by jimbrown82 on Time stands still at Home Movie Day (Film Beat)

So we went to the Marbles iMax, needless to say the iMax was awesome, but a strain on the eye …

by rojaindy on Why you may get less than you bargained for with the new IMAX screens (Film Beat)

Most Read

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation