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A R Rahman announces first India road tour in two decades

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Mumbai, July 31, 2013

Music maestro AR Rahman announces Four-city India Tour
Music composer A R Rahman has announced a month-long road tour of India that will see him stage concerts in Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Ahmedabad between October 1 and 27 this year.
Described by many as one of the world's most prolific composer of recent times, Rahman has teamed up with promoters Techfront and Rapport Global Events for the tour, titled RahmanIshq.
The concerts are slated to be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 1, at the Indira Priyadarshini Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on October 12, at the Bhawani Niketan Education Trust on October 20 and at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabadon October 27.
A press release from the organisers said on Monday that the concerts would give Rahman's fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a live performance that will include his award-winning musical renditions over the years, blended with state-of-the-art technology, great visual effects, synchronised choreography and powerful dance arrangements.
"The tour aims to showcase the technological progression of the music industry through a modern interactive presentation featuring high voltage music in its purest form," it said.
Rahman will also be travelling to Sydney in Australia on August 24 for a performance at the All Phones Arena.
The release said that this was the first time that the Oscar Award-winning composer will be embarking on a road tour of this scale.
Rahman will perform all-time classics from his prolific career, including acclaimed songs from landmark Indian films like Jodhaa Akbar, Slumdog Millionaire, Lagaan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti, Rockstar and Bombay.
Accompanying him will be artistes like Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Neeti Muhan, Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur, Vijay Prakash, Mano and Ranjit Barot.
"Music for me is an expression of unconditional and unlimited love. I find joy in the smallest of pleasures which I share with the world through my music. This tour is a gesture of the love I have for my fans in India and I thank Techfront and Rapport Global Events for putting this together. I want to closely interact with my fans while we celebrate my music at the tour," Rahman said.
"We are a great prosperous musical nation and tours like these are a great way to rekindle the connect with the audiences on a more personalised level. Music is the language of the souls and what cannot be put into words can be expressed through music. I would like to take this opportunity to give back to my fans what they gave me. We hope that this will mark a new beginning for many more such tours that will benchmark the music industry," he added.
Mr. M S Muralidharan, Managing Director, Techfront & Promoter, RahmanIshq stated, "The Indian entertainment industry is simply remarkable. Over the decades it has produced entertainers who have evolved to become global superstars. As one of the front runners in the technology sector, we are ecstatic to be hosting one of the greatest artistes in the creative industry. A. R. Rahman has proved to the world that the Indian entertainment industry has come of age when he took home the Academy and Grammy awards.
"It takes once-in-a-lifetime musical genius to give once-in-a-lifetime musical experience and we will be delivering a world class audio visual viewing pleasure to the senses with technical sorcery we have designed especially for this tour. We are creating special mobile applications which we will leverage during this tour with the help of augmented reality. Anything AR Rahman does raises expectations amongst his fan following all over the globe and we will remain committed to uphold that promise.
"RahmanIshq is a strategic endeavour to bring international standards across all production platforms and showcase next generation technology for entertainment events worldwide," he added.
Mr. Deepak Gattani, Managing Director, Rapport Global Events & Show Director, RahmanIshq said: "It feels good to have completed a century of shows with AR Rahman. I have worked alongside him since the past 17 years and I have witnessed the runaway success he has gained with his elaborate and exquisite live performances. However we aim to inculcate and establish a tradition of road trips like witnessed globally with the establishment of this tour. Through the vast tapestry of music that is AR Rahman, he takes us on a virtual journey through beauty, culture, and spirituality.
"This tour will be an everlasting experience that will be a feast for the eyes and ears with a full cast of dancers, singers, performers and musicians. We are reaching out to untapped metropolises where we envisage myriad potential for such kind of interactive entertainment. Moreover, every piece of music he creates is so unique and starts growing on you finding a place in everyone's heart. It touches people, regardless of class, culture or boundaries giving the concept of infinite love its true meaning."
Tickets for India will go live from 15th August, Independence Day, the release added.

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