- The concert is part of the composer and singer’s ‘All Access American Tour.’
Music maestro A.R. Rahman will perform in New Jersey this summer. The Aug. 12 performance at the Prudential Center in Newark is part of the composer and singer’s ‘All Access American Tour.’ The concert tour will begin in Seattle, Washington, on July 17, and end on Aug. 27 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to Rahman’s Facebook page. Rahman and his troupe will perform his popular songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English.
His works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. Rahman has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. He is the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri (India’s fourth-highest civilian award) in the year 2000 for his outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry. In 2009, TIME Magazine placed Rahman in its list of ‘World’s Most Influential People.’
Rahman came into the limelight in 1991, when noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam offered Rahman “Roja,” which was a runaway success. Rahman continued giving superheats with “Gentleman,” “Thiruda Thiruda,” “Kaadhalan,” “Bombay” and “Minssara Kannavu,” which were all dubbed in Hindi.
Other hits in Tamil include “Alaipayuthey, Kandukondein Kandukondein,” “Jeans,” “Mudalvan,” “Kannathil Muthamittal,” and “Boys,” among others.
His foray into Hindi movies started off with the superhit “Rangeela, followed by “Dil Se,” “Taal,” “1947/Earth,” “Pukar,” “Lagaan,” “Zubeida,” “Meenaxi,” “The Legend of Bhagat Singh,” “Yuva,” “Tehzeeb,”and “Rang De Basanti.”
In 2001, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber invited Rahman to compose for the musical “Bombay Dreams,” which opened to packed houses at London’s West end. The show had an unprecedented run for two years and later premiered on Broadway. Rahman is involved in charitable causes as well. In 2004, he was appointed as the Global Ambassador of the Stop T B Partnership, a project by the World Health Organization (WHO). He also supports charities like Save the Children, India.
To purchase tickets for the New Jersey concert, visit ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person by visiting the Prudential Center Box Office located at 25 Lafayette Street in Newark, N.J.