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Launching talent hunt: Music maestro A. R. Rahman (centre) with Phat Phish chairman Anand Surapur (right) and Managing Director K. R. Harish in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Launching talent hunt: Music maestro A. R. Rahman (centre) with Phat Phish chairman Anand Surapur (right) and Managing Director K. R. Harish in New Delhi on Tuesday.

In his latest role as a facilitator, music maestro A. R. Rahman will give indigenous bands a unique chance to create original music transcending the language barrier. Rahman has joined hands with Phat Phish, an entertainment and communications company, to launch ‘The Big Band’ that will be aired on Doordarshan towards the end of this year.

Announcing the launch in the Capital on Tuesday, Rahman said the show would be presented as a travelogue as he journeys across 15 cities to scout for emerging talent.

“The Big Band is a unique stage that will give local bands a chance to dive deep into their true artistic depth and create original music that is universally accessible. We want to present the story behind what forms and binds a band and how they can be mentored to become world-class talent,” he added.

Noting that Phat Phish was different and more creative than several other shows beamed on the small box, Rahman said, “Now we have decided the way to discover new bands in every nook and corner of the country. The talent hunt will be exciting and adventurous as other countries are also participating,” he added.

Phat Phish chairman Anand Surapur said there was an unbelievable amount of talent available. “It is just a matter of bringing out this talent, nurturing it, and presenting it to be recognised.”

The winning band will walk away with a three-year recording contract. This includes artistic management, up to three albums, six music videos, tours and concerts. The main selection criterion for ‘The Big Band’ is the participant’s ability to create original and distinctive music. Bands must have between two and ten members and at least one lead singer.

They have to submit three tunes. While the first tune has to be an original interpretation of a popular Bollywood, folk or regional piece, the second has to be based on the band’s interpretation of Rahman’s composed melody for the show.

Madhur Tankha

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