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A R Rahman is all set to join Team Le Musk on the Cannes Red Carpet as part of the Indian delegation.
23 May, 2022:
AR Rahman, the Indian Icon who has scored not only some 500-1000 movies like Slumdog Millionaire , 2.0, and Tamasha, but also captured the hearts of millions of people with his versatility in the regional musical traditions of India.
The acclaimed music composer and recipient of several international awards is all set to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for his Directorial debut, Le Musk. Rahman joined the Indian delegation at Cannes alongside Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur.
Le Musk is all set to hit the screens soon. With cinematic surrealism, this film will be a showcase of the union of technology and cinema. Several other big artists like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mame Khan and Ricky Kej also joined the delegation.
After a long and incredibly successful journey as a musical maestro, A. R. Rahman has ventured into direction with Le Musk, a film of an enchanting essence and fresh perspective to it.
Rahman walked the red carpet with British actor Burnet, who has carved a niche market for himself, with films such as Mortdecai and Pitch Perfect 3 and television shows such as The Feed and Ray Donavan. Velhal, who also walked the red carpet alongside Rahman, has the expertise of two decades in technology due to his stint with Intel. He has also mastered cinematography in Hollywood with films like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Dunkirk, Save Every Breath and FirstMan.
Le Musk is a tribute to the musical genius of and footprints in cinema left by A. R. Rahman.
Through the eyes of Le Musk, a completely new angle of cinematography is being explored with VR and realistic narration. The film was screened at Cannes XR on the 20th of May, 2022.
Indian Composer Ricky Kej's latest album Divine Tides nominated for a Grammy
Thursday, December 9, 2021:
Former Grammy winner Ricky Kej has been nominated yet again for a Grammy, along with American Musician Stewart Copeland for their latest album ‘Divine Tides’.
Divine Tides was directed by Lahari Velu and produced by Lahari Music.’ The album contains nine songs and eight music videos.
Ricky’s music is mostly cross-cultural, but not without a strong hint of Indian music. He won a Grammy in 2015, for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’. Stewart Copeland, who has won the Grammy five times previously, is the founder and drummer of the legendary British rock group ‘The Police’.
Ricky is the youngest person from India to have won a Grammy honor. He is also the fourth Indian to do so.
To read Ricky Kej’s biography, click here
To read Stewart Copeland’s biography, click here
To know about or listen to the album DIVINE TIDES, click here
Rajat Prasanna brings his Sweet Flute Melodies to The Maitri Project
After performing in various concerts held over multiple global cities in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Egypt, France, South Africa, Mauritius, etc. Rajat Prasanna, the esteemed flautist of Hindustani Classical Music is coming to The Maitri Project to put a smile on our faces.
Belonging to the Benaras Gharana of Hindustani music, Rajat is the scion of a reputed family rooted in Indian classical music. His father, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasanna, as well as his grandfather, the flute maestro, Pandit Raghunath Prasanna, played a great role as mentors and music teachers in his life.
Rajat is a highly sought-after artist in Indian classical arts, and has been the recipient of the prestigious CCRT Scholarship for Young Artists. His long affiliation with Doordarshan, All India Radio and ICCR has had him touring around the world for numerous collaborations with national and international artists, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, etc. representing his country through his sweet Flute melodies.
Join us as we host this special guest this week on The Maitri Project on October 23 at 7 PM.
Don't miss out!
Watch the teaser here to get a glimpse of the performance - https://youtu.be/gFyBApd9J2A
Divyansh Srivastava Comes to Perform and Win Hearts on the Next Edition of The Maitri Project
Santoor Player Divyansh Srivastava is all set to grace the stage on the next episode of The Maitri Project.
This 25-year old Indian Classical Santoorist and composer specializes in the ‘Sufiyana Gharana’ of santoor tradition, which originates from Kashmir and is the only tradition of Santoor. The Sufiyana Gharana is known for its clear emphasis on both the Gayaki and Tantrakari, as well as the clarity of Raga.
Divyansh has been trained in this beautiful art form by Padmashri Pt. Bhajan Sopori of Sufiyana Gharana. Divyansh’s particular brand of Santoor is also the Sopori baaj, which is a revised shape of Santoor improvised by none other than his Guruji, Pt Sopori Ji. Before moving on to the Santoor, Divyansh was also trained as a vocalist in Hindustani Classical Music.
Divyansh has performed in myriad shows across the length and breadth of the country. He has performed in some of the most prestigious shows and concerts in India, including SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan in Delhi, Bawra Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar, Ganga Mahotav in Varanasi, Prayag Sangeet Samiti in Allahabad, and many more. He has even participated in Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj in 2019.
The list of prizes and achievements won by Divyansh is far too many to count. To list a few, he has received honours and recognitions from the Sangeet Natak Academy in Lucknow, in the Hariwallabh Sangeet Pratiyogita, in Dr J.S Bawra sangeet pratiyogita, and even in the Akhil Bhartiya Sangeet pratiyogita.
Tickets for the online performance of Classical Santoorist Divyansh Srivastava are available now.
Sitar maestro Soumitra Thakur set to dazzle audiences on The Maitri Project
The scion of Bishnupur Gharana of Classical Music, the Sitar Maestro Soumitra Thakur, is going to grace the screen on the Maitri Project on July 25.
An epitome of subtle perfection, Soumitra began training to be a classical instrumentalist from the age of four under the tutelage of his Uncle and Sitar instrumentalist, Shri Prashanta Thakur. He has also had advanced training from celebrated Sitar instrumentalist Pt. Kushal Das of the Maihar Gharana. Soumitra has done his post-graduation in Music from Delhi University.
Soumitra Thakur’s sitar stylings reflect the influences of both the Maihar and the Imdadkhani-Etawa Gharana.
Soumitra is the recipient of the Balshree Award (President’s Award) for Creative Performance in 2009 from the then President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil. He was conferred the 1st position at the 20th National Youth Festival Competition in 2016 as well as the 1st position at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy Competition in 2014.
Witness this amazing Sitar Vadak in action! Tune into The Maitri Project on July 25 at 7 PM IST. Don't miss out!