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Akshay’s Chopper ride with Shankar and Rahman

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The team of 2.0 are already in Dubai to celebrate the audio event in Burj Park. Shankar directed this visual feast which is currently occupied with the post-production work. Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar are the lead actors in the movie and Akshay Kumar along with Shankar and the music composer AR Rahman took a chopper ride across Dubai.

Akshay and AR Rahman took twitter to post the pictures along with the video showcasing Dubai from the top. The audio event will take place tomorrow at 7 PM and AR Rahman will perform live during the event. Rajinikanth along with the team flew to Dubai yesterday in a special flight. Lyca Productions are producing the film which has been announced for release next year.

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Apple joins hands with Rahman to set up 2 music labs in India

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Apple Music on Wednesday said it will set up two Mac Labs at the A.R. Rahman-founded KM Music Conservatories (KMMC) based in Chennai and the upcoming campus in Mumbai.

The Mac Labs will teach students how to create music using Logic Pro X, Apple’s professional music creation app for the Mac.

Apple Music said it will also contribute to fund 10 full-time musical scholarships for students from underprivileged backgrounds.

“Music is a healer for today’s world and we share the same affinity and love of music with Apple Music,” Rahman said.

“The labs and scholarships at KMMC make an invaluable contribution to helping to develop the talents of tomorrow’s musicians and composers. For over 20 years, I’ve been a loyal Logic Pro user and am excited to be on this journey together with Apple,” the Oscar-winning music maestro added.

The KM Music Conservatory was founded by Rahman in 2008 to expand the horizons of musicians in India.

While continuing to strengthen the art of Indian music, the institution also offers an education in Western music and music technology.

“It’s an honour to be in Mumbai and I am humbled to be in the presence of the talented A.R. Rahman to make this announcement together,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services.

“Apple Music and the KM Music Conservatory share a deep love in discovering, sharing and nurturing musical talent and we’re proud to be supporting such an institution that is investing in the future arts and music community,” Cue said.

Apple introduced the Macintosh in 1984.

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Rahman gets on Modi bandwagon, unveils track on demonetisation

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Music maestro A.R. Rahman on Friday unveiled a 19-minute music piece titled “The flying lotus”, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s move to demonetise high value currency notes. But he says he’s “not making a judgment” with the piece.

In November last year, Modi announced that the government had decided to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to tackle the menace of black money. It was met with mixed reactions in the country, with major criticism coming from many quarters.

Now Rahman, who had earlier made a reference to demonetisation in his new version of the popular 1994 track “Urvasi Urvasi”, has taken inspiration from it for his latest music piece in collaboration with the Seattle Symphony, one of America’s leading symphony orchestras.

“‘The flying lotus’ is an impression of the rise of India… the whole journey of India. I wanted to do something on what was going on in India during demonetisation and what will happen in the future. It’s open to interpretations,” Rahman told IANS in an interview.

Asked about his collaboration with the Seattle Symphony, the Grammy winner said: “They wanted something… maybe simple. Since I had an inspiration to do this, they were very receptive and encouraging. They loved the idea and found it very innovative. It was a great team” adding “For a composer to get an orchestra like that, is always a dream.”

“The flying lotus” was premiered by the Seattle Symphony with conductor Ricardo Averbach at Celebrate Asia, an annual concert that features music by famous Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian composers, in May.

The commission by Rahman was underwritten by artists like Vijay and Sita Vashee, Parul and Gary Houlahan, Vishwa and Vandana Prasad, Noreen and Kabir Shahani, and Satya and Rao Ramala.

The emotionally charged track is interspersed with a few lines from Modi’s speech on demonetisation along with others stressing on “digital economy”, the country going “cashless” and “dhan dhana dhan” (wealth).

What’s his take on demonetisation?

“I think the intention was right. This (the track) is not about me making a judgement. How would I know about something so big? But I know what people are talking about, the Chinese whispers, the good and the bad. That’s what I have put in my piece. It is interesting to have an orchestra and expression like that. The subject is very relevant to every Indian,” he said.

“The music is an optimistic approach and also a journey of what we have been through. I think that’s what it should be. It is not about personal agenda or religion. It is about uplifting the poor. It’s about making our nation the best in the world,” he added.

Prior to its release, Rahman said: “It will be released like a normal release by Universal Music India, but I will send a copy to our PM and important people. I would love to share my work with them.”

Going by the title of track, it seems like he is happy with Bharatiya Janata Party as the ruling party in India.

“I am happy with India…always. I am an Indian,” he said.

After creating a piece on a subject, which is considered to be Modi’s biggest move, would Rahman like to compose for any of the government’s campaigns?

“If I have time, then yes,” said the “Maa tujhe salaam” hitmaker.

Is he inching closer to joining politics?

“No. I don’t have time for it. I want to be in music and movies,” said Rahman, whose A.R. Rahman Encore – The Concert, in association with MTV, will celebrate his 25 years in music.

The event will take place in four Indian cities — New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mumbai in November and December.

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Rahman set for multi-city tour to celebrate 25 years in music

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A.R. Rahman ENCORE – The Concert, in association with MTV, will celebrate icon A.R Rahmans 25 years in music.

The event will take place in four Indian cities – New Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Mumbai between November-December. The legendary musician is expected to be accompanied by more musicians from across India.

Rahman said in a statement: “It has been an incredible journey over these last 25 years. Sometimes when I ponder I get goose bumps because the Almighty has been kind in giving me happiness that has only multiplied year after year.”

“I’ve been immensely blessed to have the love and support of my fans, friends and family. From husband to father to composer to mentor, I have embraced different roles but the music has always been constant,” added the Grammy Award winner, who has given hits like “Jai ho”, “Hamma hamma” and “Urvasi Urvasi”.

Music for him serves as the “spiritual bond between the audience and myself”.

“I am excited to be performing at home after such a long gap. Come and join me and my amazing ensemble of singers as I will celebrate what inspires and motivates me to be the person I am today,” said the musician, who performed in cities like New York and London this year.

Speaking about the upcoming concert, Raj Nayak, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18, said: “We believe in pushing the envelope to introduce our audiences to newer concepts and provide entertainment that’s not only of great value but also creates a place for itself in their hearts and minds.”

“Bringing this amazing multi-city concert with none other than A.R. Rahman, who is one of the biggest musicians India has ever seen, is just another step for us in the direction of fulfilling our promise to our audience.”

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Hope ‘Baahubali 2’ crosses over Rs 2000 cr: Rahman

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Double Oscar-winning composer A.R Rahman on Monday said he wishes S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” mints over Rs 2000 crore at the box-office.

Having already earned over Rs 1500 crore from its theatrical release so far, the film is continuing its golden run.

“To Rajamouli, Keeravani and the whole team of ‘Baahubali 2’. Just finished watching it in Chennai. I hope it crosses Rs 2000 crore and above at the box-office,” Rahman wrote on his Facebook page.

He went on to add: “You guys have opened the floodgates for south Indian cinema to the world and given it a new identity.”

A story about two warring brothers for the ownership of an ancient kingdom, the film stars Rana Daggubati and Prabhas as the male protagonists.

Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia and Ramya Krishnan played powerful supporting characters.

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Ravi Varman joins Mani Ratnam’s next

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Mani Ratnam is all set to start his next film after the success of Ok Bangaram. Mani Ratnam’s next will be a multistarrer with Dulquer Salman and Karthi donning the lead roles in it. Latest to join the crew of the movie is Ravi Varman. Ravi Varman’s cinematography will surely be a huge advantage to Mani Ratnam’s film. A.R.Rahman will be scoring the tunes for this film and the remaining principle cast is yet to be decided. This film will start rolling in November and is being planned for Summer 2016 release.

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