Indian legendary Rahman’s music flows beyond borders

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MUMBAI, Aug 5, 2018 (BSS/Xinhua) – India’s Oscar-winning legendary
musician A.R Rahman is set to tie up with Amazon Prime for his musical
document series named “Harmony with A.R Rahman.”

The documentary, which celebrates the musical diversity of the country,
would be a five-part series, a curated exploration of musical instruments and
rarely-heard traditional vocal systems across the country.

The program that sees Rahman playing host, travelling to Mumbai where he
associates with Ustad Mohi Bahauddin Dagar, an expert of the rudraveena and
the Dhrupad type in Hindustani classical music.

Then Rahaman visits Thrissur in Kerala to meet Sajith Vijayan, who leads a
Lec Dem (an informal interaction between students and artists) on the
utilization of the copper drum mizhavu in Kalari and Koodiyattam dance
performances.

The voyage will come to an end in the Northeast where folk singer Bedabati
Lourembam shares with Rahman the sweet notes of the traditional bamboo flute,
Panthong Palit, and Manipur singer Mickma Tshering Lepcha improvises on
Khulang Esei folk tunes.

The legendary musician’s upcoming projects include Kizie Aur Manny,
produced by Fox Star Studios, and AR Murugadoss’s Tamil film, Sarkar. He won
two Oscar awards – Best Original Score and Best Original Song – at the 81st
Academy Awards in 2009.

When talking to the Indian newspaper Rahman makes his point about the
interesting fusion of diversity in his musical harmony – “Western Classical
allows little or no room to improvise as music is written and composed
according to the musical notations. Indian Classical, on the other hand,
accommodates improvisations,” he said.

“I wanted to add another perspective to the acoustics – the purest form
with a contemporary take on it. Something which is very today – granulation,
sample re-triggering, textures and atmospheres to a very pure sound,” he
said.

 

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