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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

AR Rahman teams up with sisters for women empowerment

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 19, 2013
First Published: 10:18 IST(19/8/2013) | Last Updated: 17:40 IST(19/8/2013)

After a recent Bollywood awards function took a stand for women’s empowerment, the music industry is now following suit. Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman is lending his support by producing an album on the same theme under his record label, KM Musiq.

What’s most interesting is that Rahman’s collaborators are his own sisters, AR Rayhanah and Issrath. They will team up for multiple songs in the Tamil album, which is titled Rasaayana Rojaakkal (Chemical Roses). In fact, Rahman and his elder sister, Rayhanah, have sung a duet, ‘Naan yen pirandein’ (Why was I born?), written by the famous Tamil poet, Vaali.

Another song, ‘Ennile maha oliyo’ (I discovered the divine light within me), has been sung by the sisters together. “The album is very close to Rahman sir. He has been working hard on it for some time now. Also, it’s even more special because he’s collaborating with his sisters on the project,” says an industry insider. Both the songs aired on a popular music show on Saturday.

“The album should be out in a few months’ time. Rahman sir and his sisters are equally excited about it,” adds the insider. While Rahman couldn’t be reached for a comment, his official Facebook page reads thus (besides other information on the two songs): “Coming soon, is a production from K. M. Musiq, Rasaayana Rojaakkal (Chemical Roses) whose theme is women’s empowerment (sic).”

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