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Ar Rahman to celebrate 25 Years in music with the “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” concert in London

Here’s some exciting news! Academy Award (Oscar) two-time winner and five-time nominee, Grammy two-time winner, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner, the legendary Ar Rahman, returns to the Sse Arena Wembley on Saturday 8th July 2017 after seven years with the “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” concert.“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” will chronicle Ar Rahman’s musical journey from past to present to future celebrating 25 years of creating his incredible music.

Discussing the forthcoming UK show, Ar Rahman says, “From Roja to Rockstar, Kaatru Veliyidai and more, it has been an incredible musical journey over these last 25 years. I’ve been immensely blessed to have the love and support of my fans, music lovers, friends and well-wishers. It continues to inspire and motivate me. Come, join me on the 8th of July at Wembley, London! Accompanying me is an amazingly talented and energetic team of singers and musicians.”

Popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music,
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A special conversation with A. R. Rahman on all things music!

Over 30 Million followers on social media, and a name synonymous with music that has topped charts consistently since 1992, in India, and subsequently, the world over, Ar Rahman has captured the hearts of Billions. Before he reaches half a century in age, he has made his life is his message, and his following often call themselves “Rahmaniacs” or “Rahmantics”.

Arr, as he’s known fondly to many, wields double Grammy awards, double Academy awards, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, on top of the numerous Indian equivalents of these prestigious awards, as well multiple honorary doctorates from top music colleges like Trinity and Berklee, all a part of his rather overwhelming legacy.

Married for 20 years, with 3 talented kids, he is a family man, while also being a father of sorts, to musicians across the globe, as well as to his own Km Music Conservatory student body, which produces many working musicians today.
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UK Readers: Win 2 Tickets to see Ar Rahman at The O2 – 15th August

The world famous O2 is bringing the world famous composer Ar Rahman for a special concert taking place on August 15th and guess what, dear UK Readers, you can win tickets!

Ar Rahman returns to The O2 after five years, with a one off Greatest Hits Live concert on Saturday 15 August 2015 at 18.30. Ar Rahman will be joined by very special guests including; Haricharan, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Jonita Gandhi, and many more.

Discussing his forthcoming UK show of the year Ar Rahman said, “The UK always brings back fond memories of working on landmark projects in my career and it’s good to be back again after five years.”

Working in India’s various film industries, international cinema and theatre with the hit show Bombay Dreams, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rahman, has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million albums.
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Meera Syal webchat – as it happened

The actor and author of new novel The House of Hidden Mothers answered your questions in a live webchat – from why she changed her name to her advice on writing without stereotypes, via her distaste for mince, catch up with her answers now

2.11pm BST

Thanks all for your comments, questions, and making me laugh. Have a lovely summer.

Thanks everyone for your questions, and thanks to Meera. Until next time!

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Youoffmyplanet asks:

Hi Meera, you were wonderful in Behind the Beautiful Forevers – were you surprised to find that it had taken so long to get an all-Asian cast on the Olivier Stage?

Ta for that. Loved doing that production. We all did as a company - we were aware we were making a little bit of history. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about how long things take any more, I'm just glad it's done, and hopefully
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Oscar-winning composer Ar Rahman announces one-off Greatest Hits show in London

Oscar-winning composer Ar Rahman announces one-off Greatest Hits show in London
Ar Rahman has announced plans to perform a one-off 'Greatest Hits' show in London in August.

His appearance at The O2 will be his first show in the UK for five years.

He will be joined by a number of guests on the night including Srinivas, Karthik, Shweta Mohan, Neeti Mohan and Javed Ali.

The musician has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores, and has received numerous awards including two Academy Awards in 2009 for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.

He has worked on over 100 films including Lagaan, Bombay, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti and Rockstar, as well as the Andrew Lloyd-Webber-produced West End musical Bombay Dreams.

The composer also provided the score for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours and Disney's Million Dollar Arm and is currently working on Pelé, a biopic of the football legend.

The one-off show will take place at The O2 on August 15 and
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The O2 proudly present Ar Rahman – The Greatest Hits Live!

The double Grammy and double Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner, Ar Rahman returns to The O2 after five years, with a one off greatest hits show on Saturday 15 August 2015. Ar Rahman will be joined by very special guests including; Srinivas, Karthik, Shweta Mohan, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, and many more.Tickets and limited VIP Packages go on general sale at 9am on Friday 12 June and are available at Axs.com or by calling 08448 24 48 24. Tickets are also available via www.chillitickets.com, www.seetickets.com and www.biggreencoach.co.uk

Discussing his forthcoming UK show of the year Ar Rahman said; “The UK always brings back fond memories of working on landmark projects in my career and it’s good to be back again after five years.”

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The announcement follows a hugely successful intimate American tour and saw Ar Rahman, performs in multiple concert halls.
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Farah Khan: “If you follow your heart you’ll be happy with what you’ve created”

Not only has Farah Khan given us some of the best dance sequences in Bollywood but when she turned to directing with films like Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om we got even more Bollywood magic. In 2014, the dance caper Happy New Year, which starred Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Jackie Shroff was another box office success.

At the recent London Asian Film Festival, Farah Khan not only attended a screening of her fabulous Om Shanti Om but also gave a master class in film-making and choreography. While there the director/choreographer/actress spoke to Shai Hussain of the Nri and shaihussain.com, to talk all things film. Check out some highlights from the interview.

Here’s something you may not know, Farah actually came to Bollywood to direct and make films, “I actually came into films to be a director, not a choreographer.
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Alchemy Festival Special Lecture – The Muse & Muso – Ar Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh

Coming up on Saturday May 24th at the cool Alchemy Festival in London will be a special Hindi music lecture. Indian cinema expert for BBC London and Cineworld cinemas, Ashanti Omkar, will give a talk on one of her specialist subjects, the music of BAFTA award winning composer Ar Rahman. Titled The Muse & Muso, it is a trip down memory lane on the journey of singer Sukhwinder Singh and Ar Rahman.

Star performer from the world of Bollywood, Sukhwinder Singh has collaborated with the double Academy award winner, from the days of the hit Bollywood film Taal, to his Grammy winning song ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire (which also won best soundtrack, at the awards).

Says Ashanti Omkar about how this came about, “I’ve worked with the Alchemy festival since the opening night extravaganza, where Ar Rahman’s orchestral scores were performed by the resident orchestra of the South Bank Centre,
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Top 10 Indian cinema soundtracks

As part of our look at a century of Indian cinema, here are some of our all-time favourite classic film soundtracks

Barsaat (1949)

Tragic love story Barsaat (Rain) was 25-year-old actor Raj Kapoor's first hit as a director and launched Bollywood's greatest playback singer Lata "Nightingale of India" Mangeshkar (who went on to record thousands of film songs over a career spanning seven decades and counting). Kapoor may have made finer films (Awaara, Shree 420), but Barsaat's songs (marking the debut of music directors, Shankar Jaikishan) of vulnerability, innocence and heartache, captured newly independent India's fragile imagination. Many consider Barsaat to have the greatest film songs of all time.

Pakeezah (1972)

Pakeezah (Pure) is the story of a courtesan, or a wronged woman with a good heart, in the Mughal era. Lata is on playback duties for heroine Meena Kumari (who died just after its release) and the combination of real-life
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Indian-origin Brit actress Preeya Kalidas to star in Bollywood opera 'Carmen'

Indian-origin Brit actress Preeya Kalidas to star in Bollywood opera 'Carmen'
London, May 03: Actress Preeya Kalidas, who played Amira Masood in the TV drama 'EastEnders', is all set to star in a Bollywood style production of the opera Carmen.

Georges Bizet's work is being adapted for BBC3 and will be televised live from Bradford's City Park on 9 June, BBC reported.

Kalidas, who also played the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End hit Bombay Dreams, will be leading the cast as Karmen and will be accompanied by Indian film actor Abhay Deol.

The line-up also includes Waterloo Road and Strictly Come Dancing star Chelsee Healy as Karmen's friend Shazzy.

The lead character's other friend, Kylie, will be played by Coronation Street actress Rachel Leskovak.

Emmerdale's Stephen Rahman-Hughes.
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Rashid Karapiet obituary

Rashid Karapiet, who has died aged 84, was an actor, singer, playwright, broadcaster and teacher. He was not a star but a jobbing professional, one of the unsung heroes of the theatrical profession, a good companion with, as Tom Stoppard described it, a "vivid" personality. Rashid was also a much-loved and loyal friend.

The second of five children of Edward and Marie-Therese Carrapiett, he was born Reginald Carrapiett in India, and went to school at St Columba's, Delhi, and then St Joseph's and the Agricultural College in Allahabad. He travelled to Britain in the 1950s to train at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school, then took a teacher-training course at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and adopted Rashid Karapiet as his professional name. An accomplished linguist, he taught for many years in Germany and the Netherlands.

In 1960, Rashid appeared in Santha Rama Rau's dramatisation of A Passage to India
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Rashid Karapiet obituary

Rashid Karapiet, who has died aged 84, was an actor, singer, playwright, broadcaster and teacher. He was not a star but a jobbing professional, one of the unsung heroes of the theatrical profession, a good companion with, as Tom Stoppard described it, a "vivid" personality. Rashid was also a much-loved and loyal friend.

The second of five children of Edward and Marie-Therese Carrapiett, he was born Reginald Carrapiett in India, and went to school at St Columba's, Delhi, and then St Joseph's and the Agricultural College in Allahabad. He travelled to Britain in the 1950s to train at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school, then took a teacher-training course at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and adopted Rashid Karapiet as his professional name. An accomplished linguist, he taught for many years in Germany and the Netherlands.

In 1960, Rashid appeared in Santha Rama Rau's dramatisation of A Passage to India
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Myleene Klass dances to Bollywood tunes to mark Andrew Lloyd' 40 years in showbiz

Myleene Klass dances to Bollywood tunes to mark Andrew Lloyd' 40 years in showbiz
London, Mar h 29: Myleene Klass stripped down to a skimpy white two-piece and got soaking wet as she performed a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams musical for an ITV special marking his 40 years in showbiz.

Lloyd Webber said that he was flattered when ITV approached him for making about a 90-minute special, the Sun reported.

The 65-year-old singer said that he told channel producers that he would only do it if it wasn't some po-faced tribute to a bloke who's about to collect his bus pass.

He added that he also said that it must include the wet sari number from his Bollywood-themed musical. (Ani)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber gets '40 Musical Years' special on ITV

Andrew Lloyd Webber's career will be celebrated by ITV in a 90-minute special featuring a mixture of live performances and one-off collaborations.

Michael Ball will host the evening's entertainment, which marks Webber's 40th year in the West End.

X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger, Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, Mel C, Myleene Klass, Tim Minchin and Il Divo are among the acts performing Webber's greatest hits.

"I was flattered when ITV approached me about a 90-minute special, but I said I would only do it if it wasn't some po-faced tribute to a bloke who's about to collect his bus pass," said Webber.

"I also said it must include the wet sari number from Bombay Dreams! I still don't know what I'm letting myself in for, especially as Simon Cowell has filmed an interview for the show."

The special will include an exclusive first performance of a track from his forthcoming musical Stephen Ward.
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'Bollywood Live' BBC Three show coming to Bradford

BBC Three has confirmed details for its Bollywood Live project, which will take place in Bradford later this year.

Following the success of similar projects in Leeds and Manchester (Frankenstein's Wedding and Manchester Passion), the new show will be a Bollywood-style production of the opera Carmen.

The story will follow a girl in Bradford called Karmen, who is bored of her receptionist job and who dreams of movie fame. She believes her time has come when an Indian film crew comes to Bradford to make a movie of Carmen.

It will feature an original score by Kuljit Bhamra, who previously worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Bombay Dreams.

The production will take place in Bradford's City Park on June 9.

"We are delighted to be able to bring the excitement and glamour of Bollywood in this unique way to our viewers," said BBC Three boss Zai Bennett.

BBC Three is celebrating its 10th birthday this weekend.
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Sophiya Haque

Vibrant actor who achieved success in Bollywood films, West End musicals and on Coronation Street

Sophiya Haque's performance in Peter Nichols's Privates on Parade, which opened last month at the Noël Coward theatre, marked a high point in the beautiful British Asian actor's West End career, launched 10 years ago with Andrew Lloyd Webber's presentation of Bombay Dreams. As the lustrous Welsh Eurasian Sylvia Morgan, Haque held her own among the knobbly-kneed privates, led by Simon Russell Beale's outrageous Captain Terri Dennis. However, illness forced her to withdraw from the production before the end of the year and she has died of cancer at the age of 41.

Born in Portsmouth, Haque was the youngest of three daughters. She was raised by her mother, Thelma, a divorced schoolteacher. She attended Priory comprehensive school and took dance lessons from the age of two and a half at Mary Forrester's
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Sophiya Haque

Vibrant actor who achieved success in Bollywood films, West End musicals and on Coronation Street

Sophiya Haque's performance in Peter Nichols's Privates on Parade, which opened last month at the Noël Coward theatre, marked a high point in the beautiful British Asian actor's West End career, launched 10 years ago with Andrew Lloyd Webber's presentation of Bombay Dreams. As the lustrous Welsh Eurasian Sylvia Morgan, Haque held her own among the knobbly-kneed privates, led by Simon Russell Beale's outrageous Captain Terri Dennis. However, illness forced her to withdraw from the production before the end of the year and she has died of cancer at the age of 41.

Born in Portsmouth, Haque was the youngest of three daughters. She was raised by her mother, Thelma, a divorced schoolteacher. She attended Priory comprehensive school and took dance lessons from the age of two and a half at Mary Forrester's
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Actor Sophiya Haque dies aged 41

Former Coronation Street star, who had been appearing in West End production of Privates on Parade, has died after having been diagnosed with cancer

A star of the West End production of Privates on Parade, the actor and singer Sophiya Haque, has died aged 41.

Her agency, Cole Kitchenn, and her partner David White have confirmed that she died late on Wednesday, having been diagnosed with cancer several weeks ago.

Haque had been starring as Sylvia in Privates on Parade in the West End of London, directed by Michael Grandage, and co-starring Simon Russell Beale. She also played Poppy in Coronation Street, had a role alongside Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in the 2008 film Wanted, and was a DJ on BBC Asian Network.

Grandage said on Twitter: "We are all devastated by Sophiya Haque's sudden passing. She was a true force of nature and her glorious performance as Sylvia in
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Actress and VJ Sophiya Haque dies, aged 41

Actress and VJ Sophiya Haque dies, aged 41
Actress and VJ Sophiya Haque has died, aged 41. The TV and stage star died in a London hospital today (January 17), where she had been undergoing tests after being diagnosed with cancer. She passed away in the early hours of this morning, OneIndia reports. Haque's agent Oliver Thomson described her as a "wonderful friend", saying: "Sophiya was a wonderful actress, a wonderful client but so much more than that a wonderful friend. She was adored by everyone she worked with and will be deeply missed." The former MTV VJ made her Bollywood debut in 1999, with a special appearance in Khoobsurat. She later starred in West End productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams, The Far Pavilions and Wah Wah Girls. Haque also had a prominent role in Coronation Street, as barmaid Poppy Morales. The actress (more)
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Musician Kuljit Bhamra talks Music, Bhangra and Jolly Bolly Christmas

UK’s Kuljit Bhamra MBE is one of the most respected and sought after composers, musicians and tabla players whose music has been heard on albums, in the theatre and in the movies. He is a pioneer in the Bhangra music scene and is known for his traditional sounds as well as his mix and creation of new sounds that have enhanced the Bhangra phenomenon. His work has influenced and has made Punjabi beats and flavored music known through out the world. Kuljit was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honour’s List 2009 with the citation ‘For services to Bhangra & British Asian Music’. He is a creative, innovative musician and composer who likes to try new things and now has turned his talents on Christmas music. I got the chance to have a conversation about his Christmas album Jolly Bolly Christmas and it turned into not only a chat
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