The Music of AR Rahman

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and CHARINDAA

Thursday 16 February 2017 at 6:00pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl


AR Rahman

Matt Dunkley conductor
Polyphonic Voices

Described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time Magazine, AR Rahman is an Indian composer, singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and philanthropist. His works are best known for fusing the delicate intricacy of eastern classical composition with the innovations of electronic music and the majesty of traditional orchestral arrangements.

AR Rahman has won two Academy Awards (including for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire for Best Original Song), two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe and is one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting numerous charities.

The Music of AR Rahman celebrates his incredible contribution to the world of film music. It is led by AR Rahman’s long term collaborator UK Conductor Matt Dunkley, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing AR Rahman’s compositions. The orchestra will be joined by international guest soloists Navin Iyer on flute and Asad Ali Khan on sitar, as well as vocal soloists and Polyphonic Voices. AR Rahman will take to the stage as Special Guest, which will be his only appearance in Australia.


Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

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