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AR Rahman composes for 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony

Chennai, Jun 29 (): Oscar-Grammy winner AR Rahman will be composing a part of the score that Danny Boyle will be doing in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Danny Boyle’s preparations for performing in the opening ceremony of London Olympics have been of great interest to the media in recent weeks. It is a three hour long musical show and will be called “Isles of Wonder” and is inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” The design of the music was unveiled a couple of weeks ago and will feature a song from the ace composer AR Rahman.

Rahman was quoted as saying, “I am doing a track for him for the Olympics. It’s one of the songs for the opening ceremony. It’s a secret”.

AR Rahman has already worked with Danny Boyle. Their first collaboration on 2008′s “Slumdog Millionaire” won Rahman two Oscars including Best Original Score and Best Song (“Jai Ho”). When they teamed up two years later for “127 Hours,” Rahman was again nominated in both categories.

Few days back, it was announced that maestro Ilayaraja song will be palyed in London Olympic opening ceremony. Ilayaraja’s ‘Naandhaan Ungappanda…’ from the 1981 film ‘Ram Lakshman’, starring Kamal Haasan and Sripriya in lead roles, features among the list of 86 songs which are to be played at the opening ceremony of Olympics.

Chennai based cultural groups, Staccato are also invited to perform at the Olympic Park during the games in London.

Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony may be the best ever as it includes many famous figures in the music world. A one-million-watt sound system will blast the lyrical entertainment, using 500 speakers. The anticipated one billion spectators can also look forward to ’80s and ’90s favorites such as “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Simon May’s “EastEnders Theme.”