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London Olympics Opening Ceremony : AR Rahman to rock with Punjabi beats

London, July 25 (): Oscar-winning Indian musician AR Rahman is involved in the 2012’s biggest event, the London Olympics opening ceremony set to open on Friday July 27.

AR Rahman has composed a Punjabi track, which is being directed by Danny Boyle. The Lancastrian movie director, Danny Boyle and the Chennai-born musician, A.R. Rahman have joined together to attain great success in their past associations, most notably 2008’s multi-Oscar winner “Slumdog Millionaire.”

This is the third collaboration for AR Rahman with Danny Boyle after the success of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ’127 Hours’.

AR Rahman is playing the composition “Nimma Nimma” which will be a hybrid desi sound with some brass elements accompanied with lots of voices. He said the tune had to be arranged in a way that is “full-on” from the start, as it is part of a medley, according to Danny Boyle’s creative wishes.

Late last month, Rahman said on Facebook that his track would “celebrate the Indian influence in the U.K.”. Rahman has before composed the theme song for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and performed at the opening ceremony.

The great Indian music composer maestro Ilayaraja’s composition “Naanthaan ungappanda”, from Kamal Hassan’s 1980 film “Ram Lakshman” will be a part of the opening ceremony too.

For the opening ceremony, Danny Boyle has opted for an “Isles Of Wonder” theme, complete with meadows and farmyard animals. The director said he would be most honoured if his show is compared to the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, “a wonderful people’s Games.”

The London 2012 opening ceremony, which is estimated to receive a global audience of four billion people, will certainly be a career highlight for those involved. So, it is of no doubt AR Rahman’s Olympic composition would add value and his association with the event will add up to his achievement records.