Tuesday 27 December 2011

A tribute to AR Rahman

Grammy award-winning musician AR Rahman, along with The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, is all set to write a new chapter in the history of musical collaboration with a unique endeavour — ‘Classic Incantations: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg performs AR Rahman’. The concert will see Babelsberg pay tribute to Rahman in a multi-city tour as part of the Year of Germany in India celebrations.

The concert tour marks the centenary year of both Studio Babelsberg and Indian Cinema that started out back in 1912. Under the aegis of ‘Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities’, this collaboration brings out the vibrant exchange in art and culture laying a strong emphasis on the historical friendship between India and Germany.

Choir members from Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory, Chennai, and renowned soloists will join the orchestra with performances scheduled in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Highlights include compositions from Rahman’s music career arranged by Matt Dunkley (London) who will conduct the concerts that starts in January 2012.

Commenting on the project, Rahman says, “I am really thrilled and grateful for this gesture to the project, the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg for doing this tour in India along with our singers from the KM Music Conservatory. I’m sure this will be a new experience for lovers of music in India. It will give them a great opportunity to experience and witness how many musicians come together in creating these huge scores. Hopefully, it will motivate and inspire younger artistes to become orchestral musicians.”

Dr Marla Stukenberg, Director, Goethe-Institut /Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai and initiator of this project, says, “This event is a special contribution to the Year of Germany in India, a celebration of 60 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg is the first Western classical orchestra performing the music of world-famous Indian composer AR Rahman in his home country. The novelty of this collaborative effort promises an extraordinary sensory experience.”


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