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Maestro A.R. Rahman in an exclusive interview with Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities

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“Watching orchestral music in its glory is a rarity these days.” - A.R. Rahman

Chennai, 4th January 2012

On the 4th of January, 2012 the team from "Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities" joined the exclusive presenters LAPP India, the choir from Rahman's KM Music Conservatory Choir, and the Academy Award winning maestro himself - A.R. Rahman, for the official press conference in Chennai announcing "Classic Incantations, The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg performs A.R. Rahman". This series will, for the first time in the history of music, bring to India a German Orchestra celebrating an Indian composer. 

In an exclusive one-to-one session with our communications team, Rahman speaks of how this is a welcome change for his performance history, the novelty of the project and what the audience can look forward to.

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“Classic Incantations, The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg performs A.R. Rahman” is a unique endeavour. How do you see it as a different initiative when compared to a regular Rahman concert?

I started off 30 years ago as one of the musicians in a studio. The experience of being a part of an orchestra is a different experience in itself. These days, watching that sort of a recording or a performance is a rarity. All the work in music happens in a kind of shell, cut off. With this series of concerts, I hope we can bring the joy of this musical experience to India.

There were more than a hundred e-mails exchanged to bring all of this together. There will be no “Jai ho!”, no dances. Here, orchestral renditions of my compositions will be performed. You will see how music is composed for a particular scene in a movie, but that’s all I want to say at this point about what to expect. You will find out more for yourself at the concert.

Since you’re talking about orchestral arrangements for movie scores, what are the elements about this project that drew you towards it?

For one, it is a somewhat sober concert. It will be a break from my routine performances that become Bollywood events. This is more about the scoring side, which is a different brand and you will see that difference. Film music, essentially is orchestral music and a lot more needs to be done to educate everyone about this aspect. Brass instruments, for instance, have in recent times, been replaced by synthesizers.

The orchestra is going to celebrate the original, orchestral sounds from movies and that’s what’s great about it. Purity in music comes in all forms. It is not that I prefer a certain discipline of music or a genre, but some aspects of classical music need to be nurtured.

The choir from your K.M Conservatory will be part of this performance. How do they come into the picture? What is the significance of vocalisation in an orchestral setup in general?

A lot of musical scores have vocals in the background, of course. They are part of the spectrum. Everyone musically involved with this project wanted to watch the kids from the choir perform, and when they did, they just loved it and here they are as part of the concert series. I wish we could include all 300 of them, but it’s only going to be 28.

Since we announced the concert series on our website and social media platforms, our fan base has shot up through the roof! What would you say to them?

I am more than excited about this project and I thank everyone involved so closely with it. I hope that this is just the start of much bigger things to happen between Germany and India in the near future.


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