German Orchestra Plays Tunes of A.R.Rahman Live
The concert held on Friday in Mumbai as part of the program was titled The Classic Incantations, where a well known German film orchestra Babelsberg performed with Rahman on his film score.
As the orchestra doled out a two-and-a-half minute piece on Latika’s Theme from ” Slumdog Millionaire” that won Rahman two Academy Awards, the audience was held spellbound with the lilting tones from various instruments played live.
The Babelsberg orchestra will tour four other cities in India after Mumbai.
The tour coincides with the celebration of the centenary year of Studio Babelsberg, a film studio located in Germany, After the concert’s premier in Mumbai Friday, it will then travel to Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore, creating a new high point for music lovers across the nation.
Also inducted in the concert tour are about 30 former and current students of the K. M. Music Conservatory (KMMC), Chennai. KMMC was started in 2008 by Rahman with an aim to provide advanced training in Music. The students will with the orchestra alongside Rahman, who will also perform in the concerts.
“It feels surreal now to see this actually happening. We have been planning for this event since last three years and I am glad it is finally happening,” said Rahman after the preview.
“I am glad about two major things. One being the right interpretation of music by the Babelsberg and the second is the integration of the students’ choir from KMMC. I am thrilled to see them sing with the orchestra,” Rahman said.
He thanked the German orchestra and the initiative for the opportunity.
As many as 16 pieces from various movies whose music has been composed by Rahman will be played at the concert Friday including ” Mangal Pandey”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Lagaan”, “Bombay” and “Meenakshi”.
The Tour Program
CHENNAI 26 Jan 2012
Venue: Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall. 31 Shenstone Park, Chetput, Chennai
Opening Time 7:00 PM
NEW DELHI 22 Jan 2012
Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi
Opening Time7:30 PM
Entry All the passes for the show have been distributed.
KOLKATA 24 Jan 2012
Venue: Science City Auditorium, Science City, J.B.S. Haldane Avenue, Kolkata
Opening Time7:00 PM
BANGALORE 29 Jan 2012
Venue: Tripuravasini, Palace Grounds
Opening Time7:30 PM
Entry Limited invitations for Classic Incantations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis ONLY on January 18, 2012, 2.00 p.m. onwards at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716 CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage, Bangalore 560 038 Ph: +91 80 2520 5305/06/07/08. Each invitation admits one person and only two per head will be issued.