A R Rahman launches pan Asia hunt for music reality show

A R Rahman launches pan Asia hunt for music reality show


New Delhi: Music maestro A R Rahman’s journey through 15 Indian states in search of music talent will be ready to go on air on Doordarshan in December.

Rahman will host the ‘The Big Band´ show where bands from seven countries - India, Nepal, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore and Sri Lanka, will vie for a three-year recording contract with Phat Phish Records, an entertainment and communications company.

The winner will get artist management of up to three albums and six music videos, tours and concerts on the national and international stage as well as a cash prize worth Rs10 million.

“We have seen so many reality shows on television. But what makes it different is that the show is not all about India alone. Here, we provide a common platform for all participants who come from different places," Rahman said here yesterday.

“There is a huge audience of those who look beyond typical Bollywood music. Young musicians in-the-making will cut across regions, languages and genres to come and perform on the show. Given Doordarshan’s access and reach, especially in the interiors, we have chosen to launch the show soon on DD" said Phat Phish chairman Anand Surapur.