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Played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
With performances from AR Rahman and other musicians from India
Support by Jeff Lang & Bobby Singh

A world without AR Rahman would be a world without Bollywood.

Described by The Times as ‘the world's most prolific and popular composer', the Indian singer, songwriter, composer and philanthropist has influenced every corner of his home country's cinema culture. In this Asia TOPA exclusive, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform the The Music of AR Rahman, with the superstar himself taking to the stage as special guest.

Fusing the delicate intricacy of eastern classical composition with the innovations of electronic music and the majesty of traditional orchestral arrangements, AR Rahman's music has earned him two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

Featuring signature works such as Jai Ho and Slumdog Millionaire Suite, this one-of-a-kind concert will see the MSO joined by international guest soloists, S. Navin on flute and Asad Khan on sitar as well as Opera Australia vocal soloists and the epic 30 voice Polyphonic Voices choir.

“Rahman has sold 200 million albums worldwide -- more than the Beatles -- and is worshipped throughout much of Asia, where he's known as the Mozart of Madras.”CNN

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“In India, a country of a billion inhabitants, where film and pop music are one, A.R. Rahman, dominates the music industry so totally that he has supplied the sound track for a whole generation. He enjoys the godlike devotion of India's youth, but everyone from the street child who sweeps train platforms to the middle-aged doctor in Mumbai's posh Malabar Hill hums his tunes.”

Time Magazine


Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a guitarist, dynamic songwriter and startlingly unique live performer, defying description and genres. His intuitive and idiosyncratic instrumental virtuosity are supported by songs that expand the boundaries of traditional folk, country and blues, creating a new blend of music which is undeniably and deeply steeped in tradition, yet with its vision set on future horizons. As an instrumental storyteller, Lang gives the guitar a voice and then makes it sing.

Bobby Singh spent much of his childhood in Mumbai studying tabla. Recognised with a great talent, Bobby is the disciple of Aneesh Pradhan, one of the world’s most sought after tabla players. Nurtured into a mature, internationally renowned tabla virtuoso, both in traditional Indian and cross-cultural genres, Bobby has played with many of the top musicians in Australia and the world.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Matt Dunkley
Special Guest Performer: AR Rahman
Sitar: Asad Khan
Flute: S. Navin
Additional soloists to be announced

A Rapport Global Events Presentation
With special thanks to CHARINDAA (Charities Through Indian Arts in Australia)

Sidney Myer FundArts Centre MelbourneCreative VictoriaAustralian GovernmentMelbourne Symphony OrchestraCharindaa

Supporting Partners

BMW Melbourne Mind Blowing FilmsOpera Australia

Event Partners

Australia India Business CouncilBYSQTurning World

Charity Partner

LBW Trust

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

The Music of AR Rahman

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and CHARINDAA

Date & Time:

Thursday 16 February

6pm – Gates open
7pm – Bobby Singh (tabla) and Jeff Lang (slide guitar) [45 mins]
8:15pm – The Music of AR Rahman Act I [50 mins]
9:05pm – Interval [30 mins]
9:35pm – The Music of AR Rahman Act II [60 mins]


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