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April 5, 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Young
734.487.4400
pamela.young@emich.edu

A.R. Rahman takes to the stage for EMU benefit concert April 15

YPSILANTI — Nicknamed the “Mozart of Madras,” by Time Magazine, A.R. Rahman is known for redefining contemporary Indian music.

He has sold more than 100 million albums featuring his works from more than 50 movies, and has won 17 Filmfare Awards (the Indian equivalent to the Oscars), three MTV awards and four screen awards. His music also can be heard in the new production, “Lord of the Rings,” and in the latest Spike Lee film, “Inside Man.”

If you haven’t heard Rahman’s music, you’re in for a rare treat. The renowned musician brings his music to the stage for a benefit concert at Eastern Michigan University, Saturday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., at the EMU Convocation Center.

Proceeds will be used to create opportunities for students to gain greater understanding of Indian culture and the arts.

“This is a special opportunity for Eastern Michigan to reinforce its multicultural mission,” said John A. Fallon, president of EMU. “The engagement of these international artists on campus represents a significant opportunity for our students to experience important elements of Indian culture.”

The Eastern Michigan benefit, “Wake Up! A.R. Rahman with 150 All Stars,” will bring together Rahman’s works on stage through colorful costumes and set designs, along with Indian and American singers and dancers. He’ll also will perform with the Global Rhythm All Stars, a group of more than 150 American artists that have performed with numerous Grammy-winning artists.

Joining Rahman on stage will be cellist V.R. Sekar, founder of the Madras String Quartet, singer/actress Vasundhara Das and singer/actor Kailash Kher.

Tickets are $50 - $205 and are available by calling the EMU Convocation Center at 734.487.2282 or www.emich.edu/convocation or www.tickets.com

Students with a current, valid student ID can purchase two tickets for the concert at the discounted price of $25 each.  In order to verify the ID, students must purchase tickets in person at the EMU Convocation Center Ticket Office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; at EMU's Quirk Theater, Monday through Friday, noon-5: 30 p.m.; or EMU’s McKenny Union Tuesday, April 4, through Thursday, April 13, weekdays only, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

If a student or student group sells 10 tickets to the show, they will receive one free $25 ticket. For more about the show, go to www.emich.edu/convocation/rahman_concert.htm

A second show is scheduled April 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Trent Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

Eastern Michigan University, the Kris and Vicki Joshi Foundation and Ohio’s Miami University are co-sponsoring the event.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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