India’s big star performs at Asia Topa

13 February 2017

An internationally acclaimed Indian musician who Time Magazine described as “the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer” will perform at a concert with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) on February 16 2017 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne, MSO and Charities Through Indian Arts Australia (CHARINDAA) for the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA), The Music of AR Rahman will feature both current and new compositions from the artist famous for the Academy Award winning hit ‘Jai Ho’ on the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire.

Taking the stage as a Special Guest in a performance to be led by long term collaborator UK Conductor Matt Dunkley with the MSO, the concert will showcase Rahman’s unique and intricate blend of eastern classical sounds, electronic music and traditional orchestral arrangements.

Among those to perform will be international guest soloists Navin Iyer on flute, Asad Ali Khan on sitar and the 30 voices of the MSO chorus alongside other vocal soloists.

Rahman is renowned for his musical scores of popular Indian films such as Cry of Rose from Roja, Chan Chan from Water, Theme from Lagaan, Bombay Theme from Bombay, Changing Seasons, Mangal Pandey: The Rising and Slumdog Millionaire.

Winning two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe for his works, AR Rahman is one of the highest paid composers in the film industry and a highly respected singer, songwriter, producer and musician.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission is pleased to announce a giveaway of two free General Admission passes to the concert on behalf of Asia TOPA.

To be in the running, email competitions@artscentremelbourne.com.au with the subject title: Multicultural Affairs – The Music of AR Rahman Comp by 5.00pm on Tuesday 14 February 2017.

A join initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne, ASIA Topa encourages cultural engagement by celebrating Asian cultures with an outstanding program of arts running across Melbourne until April 2017. Find out more.

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