du, official telecom sponsor for AR Rahman Live in Concert
Lucky fans could win tickets with a simple SMS from their du line
du, the integrated telecom service provider in the UAE, is the official telecom partner for a special musical evening with the legend of contemporary Indian music AR Rahman on 18 April at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. He will be joined by well-known Indian music artistes Hari Haran, Sadhana Sargam, Chitra, Kailash Kher and percussionist Sivamani. AR Rahman’s last concert in Dubai in 2003 saw over 25,000 attending the show.
In the spirit of its first anniversary, du is presenting the ‘AR Rahman Live Concert’ epitomizing its commitment to bringing the best in music and entertainment to the people of the UAE.
Hala Badri, Vice President, Corporate Communications, du, said: “Music speaks every language and is a common thread that binds everyone together. du is all about connectivity and music is a platform through which we can connect to the hearts of our customers. AR Rahman’s work is contemporary and needs no introduction. We are sure he will leave an indelible mark on his music fans.”
Oasis Promotions is offering a few lucky fans the chance to win complimentary tickets. All they have to do is SMS 'arr' to 6692, from their du lines.
du has presented well-known stage concerts of artists such as Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Amr Diab and recently the ‘Salaam India’ concert with well-known Indian playback and classical singers Asha Bhonsle, Dr. K.J Yesudas and S.P Balasubramaniam.
About A R Rahman
Born in 1967 as A.S Dileep Kumar, AR Rahman is a hugely popular and critically acclaimed Indian award-winning composer, record producer and musician. He is widely regarded as one of the finest-ever Indian film composers and his career is considered a turning point in the history of Indian film music. He is also credited with re-energizing the popularity of Indian film music the world over, receiving exceedingly positive reviews and commanding fans in regions as far as the United States.
He debuted in 1992 with the movie ‘Roja’ (The Rose). TIME magazine listed the film’s sound track as one of the "Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time" in 2005. To date he has sold over 100 million copies of his various film scores and sound tracks making him one of the world's top 25 all-time top selling recording artists.
Among his most notable music compositions is for the Hindi movie ‘Lagaan’ which was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Movie category. He has collaborated with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on ‘Bombay Dreams’ and a Mandarin movie. AR Rahman has won numerous Awards which include Padma Shree – one of the most the prestigious civilian awards from the Government of India. He composed the album ‘Pray for Me, Brother,’ for the UN's Millennium Development Goals campaign in an effort to increase awareness of poverty around the globe.
AR Rahman’s music scores cover a variety of genres, with unconventionally-grouped instruments, and different vocal styles being used and combined, to more traditional orchestral themes with leitmotif techniques composed in others. His works often feature a mix of minimalist songs and evocative, thematic pieces, building on his differing chord progressions and rhythms.
AR Rahman is trained in western classical music from the Trinity College, London. He is also trained in Carnatic music, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style and has a keen sense of experimentation. AR Rahman’s own studio ‘AM Studios’ in Chennai is considered to be the most developed, equipped and high-tech studio of Asia.