German Film Orchestra pays tribute to AR Rahman's music

German Film Orchestra pays tribute to AR Rahman's music

It was a memorable moment for the audience here when famous German Film Orchestra Babelsberg took to stage to perform on classic scores by music maestro A R Rahman from films 'Bombay', 'Roja' and 'Swades'.

Though, the Rahman himself didn't perform, the crowd went crazy and welcomed him with whistles and a standing ovation as he got on the stage to address the audience last night.

"Every time I watch them (German Film Orchestra) play I am somewhere else... forgetting that it's my music.. Not many know how I make music.. I lock myself in the studio and sit alone for hours," Rahman said.

"I am really excited and grateful for this gesture of the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg for doing this tour in India along with our students and kids from the K M Music Conservatory. I am sure this will be a new experience to Indian score lovers," the 46-year-old added.

Rahman is a two time Academy Award winner and has given hits in films like 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Taal', 'Jodhaa Akbar', 'Rang De Basanti' and the recently released 'Rockstar'. He also gave music in Danny Boyle's '127 Hours'.

The concert was held to celebrate the completion of 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations under the collaborative effort of 'Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities'.

"As a musician, I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries and most of the continents on this planet. The music that we played formed an inherent part of us. I was enthralled with the idea of the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg interpreting the music of A R Rahman in India.

"Rahman writes not just the sound track for films, he composes the sound track for an entire country and thus describes what is most beautiful and precious in this country – its people," said Klaus-Peter Beyer, director of the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg.

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