Much-celebrated Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman, who has created a landmark in the history of Indian cinema by winning a double Oscar triumph for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire at the 81st Academy Awards, will visit Thiruvananthapuram on April 14.
He will also conduct a live music concert at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in the city as part of an initiative by Global Kerala Initiative, a non-profit social organization, to collect funds for the rehabilitation of AIDS-afflicted children. The charity show will be part of A.R. Rahman"s world tour.
Meanwhile, over 1,500 members of the Cine Musicians' Union (CMU) that represents the entire South Indian cinema (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada), is all set to felicitate A.R. Rahman upon his return to Chennai on March 1. "This will be the start of a long series of functions in India that Rahman has graciously agreed to attend," CMU chairman S.A. Rajkumar said on Wednesday.
A three kg silver memento in the shape of a globe with the etched logo of the body will presented to Rahman by legendary Carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna in the presence of music directors M.S. Vishwanathan, Ilayaraja and singer S.P. Balasubramanian. The memento is being made at a cost Rs. 300,000. According to film industry sources, a special 'chariot' is being readied to ferry Rahman from the airport upon his arrival.