Friday, July 29, 2016

Rags to Riches: A.R. Rahman and "Jai Ho"

A hit movie set in India gives us the random song today, which you've probably heard many times. Jai Ho is from the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Academy Awards in 2008. The song is composed by A.R. Rahman and vocalized by Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash. A.R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician whose work is known for its integration of Eastern classical music and electronica, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Sukhwinder Singh is an award winning Indian Bollywood playback singer, as is Tanvi Shah - she sings in multiple languages and is a frequent collaborator with Rahman. Mahalakshmi Iyer is also a playback singer with a repertoire in multiple Indian languages. Vijay Prakash is also a playback singer responsible for the numerous high pitches in Jai Ho. You can find Jai Ho on the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire, released in 2008 and re-released for download in 2013.