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Played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
With performances from AR Rahman and other musicians from India

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

Described by Time 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 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 vocal soloists and an epic 30 voice 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

“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


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 OrchestraCharindaaTurning WorldAustralia India Business CouncilBYSQBMW Melbourne

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

Gates open: 6pm


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