Rahmanâ€™s concert set list included some of M S Subbulakshmiâ€™s Carnatic favourites.
Indian Music maestro A R Rahman rocked the United Nation General Assembly on the occasion of Indiaâ€™s 70th Independence Day.
The Oscar award winning music directorâ€™s performance paid tribute to a fellow musician from his city Chennai, the legendary M S Subbulakshmi whose birth centenary is being marked this year.
The concert took place 50 years after M S Subbulakshmi performed at the UN General Assembly hall on 23 October 1966, invited by then Secretary-General U Thant.
Rahmanâ€™s concert set list included some of M S Subbulakshmiâ€™s Carnatic favourites and his own super hitÂ songs.
â€œIt feels really, really good. I think 1966 was just one year before I was born. Itâ€™s been 50 years. So, (it was) coming back in a special way to celebrate one of my cityâ€™s icons, one of Indiaâ€™s icons- MS Subbulakshmiji,â€ Rahman was quoted by NDTV.
Rahmanâ€™s backing band was the Sunshine Orchestra, formed by underprivileged children trained in classical music.
â€œMusic has given me everything, this is a small thing in return,â€ Rahman said about the special backup.
A Photo Exhibition about M S Subbulakshmiâ€™s life and times is also arranged on 15-19 August, 2016 at the United Nations. It depicts various facets and momentâ€™s and provides a rare insight to the music legendâ€™s achievements.
United Nations Postal Administration will issue a stamp to mark the birth centenary of Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi.
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