A.R Rahman performs at the 84th Oscar Academy Awards!!

Posted by: Adhika | Posted on: May 8th, 2012 | No Comments

Armani, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, a star studded red carpet, the elite of the elite Hollywood celebrity appearances, glamour, beauty … Shining jewelry, immaculate styled outfits, mosaic of familiar faces adoring the plush soft red carpet and all of Hollywood’s star studded professionals holding their breath to achieve the highest most acclaimed cinematic honour – An Oscar!!

The Oscars were formally launched on May 16th, 1929 at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood , and presented by the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It’s goal was to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labour disputes. It has now blossomed into the world’s most prestigious award event being formally recognized internationally with a viewership of 750 million and being broadcast to over 100 countries worldwide.

It seems no surprise then that one of India’s most coveted music producer and composer of all time A.R Rahman was asked to perform at the 2012 Oscar celebrations. This is Rahman’s third time gracing the Oscar stage performing Oscar Sangamam and was praised for his vocals and instrumentals. The performance was headed by Hans Zimmer,  who was also the show’s consultant along with Pharell Williams. Esperanza Spalding also performed special version of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ to pay respects to all of the entertainers that had passed away during the last year. Rahman won two Oscar awards in 2009 for his compositions in Slumdog Millionarie. Although Rahman was not nominated for an Oscar this year, he was tweeted number one internationally as he delighted fans with his surprise appearance!!

The word ‘Sangamam’ is Tamil word meaning ‘Meeting’ and Rahman is looking to convey this special message to the world.  Rahman’s mission is simple – to bridge a gap between eastern and western music traditions. His illustrous career is a living proof of his legacy as he takes his fans into new innovative musical soundscapes allowing them to explore new dimensions of this gap. Here is Oscar Sangamam for you to enjoy!

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