ABC2 is set to screen the only Australian concert by A. R. Rahman, the composer of the Slumdog Millionaire next week.
Rahman’s performance will be at Sydney Festival on Saturday 16 January, on a stage set in Parramatta Park.
ABC2 will broadcast the entire event, which will feature an entourage of more than 40 Indian musicians and Bollywood dancers on stage, as well as high-impact lighting displays, choreographed moving video screens and audience interaction.
ABC2 has previously broadcast live events including Keating the Musical and la Boheme and the Australian Ballet.
Dubbed the ‘Mozart of Madras’ by Time magazine earlier this year, Rahman was born in Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India in 1966. He won a scholarship to Trinity College of Music in the UK and graduated with a degree in Western classical music.
He is one of the world’s all-time top-selling recording artists, with worldwide CD sales of his film scores and soundtracks exceeding 100 million.
Rahman obtained global attention when he won two Academy Awards for his score to Slumdog Millionaire. He also became the first Indian artist to win a Golden Globe for ‘Best Original Score’ and has also won 13 Filmfare Awards, four National Film Awards and a BAFTA Award.
The single, Jai Ho (meaning ‘victory to you’) reached 8th position on Billboard’s ‘Top Digital Track’ chart.
ABC2 Live presents Jai Ho! airs 8:30pm Saturday January 16 on ABC2.