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Posted On: 4 March 2019 12:30 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:03 pm

A.R. Rahman all set to light up Doha's stage on 22 March

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A.R. Rahman, one of India’s biggest musicians, is coming to Doha for his first ever concert in Qatar, by Katara Studios, at the iconic Khalifa International Stadium on 22 March, as part of the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019, and we just can’t wait. We are just so excited and we know you are, too.

In this article, we shed more light on A.R. (A.R. stands for Allah Rakha, in case you didn’t know – I didn’t know, by the way) Rahman and his unmatched legacy as an Indian-Tamil composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist, and give you a sneak preview of what you’ll be missing out on if you don’t buy tickets to this mega-concert!

Rahman’s musical journey started early when he assisted his father R.K Shekhar, who was a movie-score composer and conductor with Malayalam and Tamil movies, on the keyboard and the rest is history, as they say!

After helping top Indian musicians and composing jingles for Indian television, in 1991, Mani Ratnam, a renowned South Indian movie maker, approached Rahman with a movie called ‘Roja’ and asked him to compose its music. The movie and the music were an instant success with the fans, earning him his first Indian National Award and, thus, began Rahman’s long love affair with movies from North and South India, that has earned him many titles and awards.

The music that he composes

Rahman is well-known world over for his fusion of electronical music sounds, traditional orchestral arrangements and different genres of world music with Eastern classical music, making it unique and audibly sensational.

Rahman’s music is loved by fans across the globe and he has sold over 150 million copies of his compositions for over 100 movie soundtracks and albums in different languages. These include, but are definitely not limited to Indian movie soundtracks for ‘Roja’, ‘Taal’, ‘Dil Se’, ‘Bombay’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Jodha Akbar’, etc. and Hollywood movies like 'Elizabeth - The Golden Age', ‘127 Hours’, 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Couples Retreat', ‘People Like Us’, 'Million Dollar Arm', 'The 100 Foot Journey', and 'Pele', etc, and non-movie albums like ‘Vande Mataram’.

The titles he’s been given

Rahman has helped redefine the music of the Indian cinema which is one of the many reasons why this western classical music graduate from the Trinity College of Music, London, has been given the title of the world’s most prolific and prominent movie music composer by Time magazine who also named him one of the world’s most influential people in 2009. In 2011, Songlines, which is a UK - based world music magazine, gave him the title ‘Tomorrow's World Music Icons’

His one-of-a-kind music compositions that span over two decades, have earned him the nickname 'the Mozart of Madras' and is also known as ‘Isai Puyal’, translated as musical storm.

Rahman, a musical genius and one of the world's top selling musical composers, has also been awarded honourary doctorates from Aligarh Muslim University, Trinity College of Music, Middlesex University, Anna University and the Berkley College of Music.

The awards he’s won

Rahman has won many awards for his outstanding music compositions:

  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards for the soundtrack of ‘Roja’ (1992); Silver Lotus Award for ‘Minsara Kanavu’ (Tamil) in 1997, ‘Lagaan’ (Hindi) in 2002, ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ (Tamil) in 2003. All together Rahman has six National Film Awards.
  • BMI London Award for Best Score for the Hollywood movie ‘Couple’s Retreat’ (2009).
  • Two Oscar Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for ‘Slumdog Millionaire' (Hollywood) in 2009.
  • Golden Globes Award for Best Original Score for ‘Slumdog Millionaire' (Hollywood) in 2009.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Film Music for ‘Slumdog Millionaire' (Hollywood) in 2009.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Score for ‘Slumdog Millionaire' (Hollywood) in 2009.
  • Two Grammy Awards for for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for Visual Media
    for ‘Slumdog Millionaire' (Hollywood) in 2009
  • Six Tamil Nadu State Awards.
  • 15 Filmfare Awards.
  • The Government of Tamil Nadu Kalaimani for his contributions to music.
  • Awards from the Madhya Pradesh government and Uttar Pradesh government.
  • Padma Shri Award from the government of India.

The collaborations he's done

This Oscar Academy winning musical wonder has collaborated with big names in the world's music industry that include Michael Jackson, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Vanessa Mae, Dido, Akon, the Pussycat Dolls, Michael Bolton, Sarah Brightman, MIA, Hans Zimmer and Hossam Ramzy.

The philanthropy he does

Not only is Rahman a world-famous music composer, he believes in giving back to the people who have given him so much love, recognition, appreciation and accolades. He supports many charities and, in 2009, he set up the A.R. Rahman Foundation, a non-profit organisation, aimed to raise funds for disaster relief and also to help the poor and underprivileged children of India by providing them education.

And, now, A.R. Rahman is coming to Doha!!!

This award-winning, much-loved singer-music composer is coming especially to D-town to rock the stage with his sensational voice and the mesmerising music that's he's composed. It's going to be a night none of us will ever forget and will have everyone humming his songs long after the concert is over.

What are you waiting for Doha?!?!

Buy your tickets today from Q-Tickets (tickets range from Qr 150 - QR 1,500) today, and be part of this musical extravaganza taking place in Qatar for the very first time!