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Bollywood composer Rahman seeks global pop stardom

Bollywood composer Rahman seeks global pop stardom

With scores of dancers moving in unison atop trains, singing amid ancient ruins and running across cricket fields, the average Bollywood production is a grand spectacle.
Taking such a show on the road would seem to require significant downsizing. Not for A.R. Rahman, who garnered worldwide exposure with his Academy Award-winning score to "Slumdog Millionaire."
The Indian film composer is trying to orchestrate his own rise to international stardom by making his production even bigger to dazzle audiences in massive concert venues across the Western Hemisphere with elaborate stage shows teeming with dancers, acrobats and high-tech lighting. The tour begins June 11 at New York's Nassau Coliseum and wends through North America and Europe before ending at London's Wembley Stadium in late July, with ticket prices for the roughly three-hour-long shows ranging from US$45 to US$1,000.
Through the concerts, Rahman is attempting something many performers from outside the English-speaking world have tried and failed to do: transcend a regional, ethnic niche and become an international mainstream superstar. "My core audiences are from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Middle East and all those people, so after 'Slumdog Millionaire,' we wanted audiences from the U.S. and Europe," Rahman said, seated in a vast rehearsal hall in an industrial part of the San Fernando Valley.


Updated : 2021-07-25 01:19 GMT+08:00