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London calling

Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 21, 2012
First Published: 15:16 IST(21/7/2012) | Last Updated: 15:24 IST(21/7/2012)
As the world waits with bated breath for the London Olympics to begin, for India there is something more than our sportstars to look forward to.

While there’s buzz about maestro AR Rahman composing a song for the inaugural ceremony, another city musician has managed to find his place on the world stage. Music composer and producer, Akshai Sarin, has been invited to perform at the launch of the Walk a Mile campaign at the Hospital Club on July 24. A pre-Olympic charity event, it will have attendees like Michelle Obama and Richard Branson, and see performances by international acts like U2 and Peter Gabriel.

Eager to share the platform with powerhouse musicians in London, Sarin is confident he will make India proud with his electric compositions and musical prowess. “I’m very excited and truly honoured to have been invited to perform at the Olympics! This is totally beyond my wildest imagination and I am proud to represent my country on a platform as huge as this,” he says.

Sarin, who has previously performed at the Singapore Grand Prix (2009), Exit Festival at a fortress in Serbia (2011), and the Art of Living’s Silver Jubilee in Bangalore (2011), feels this is one of his key gigs. Ask him what he plans to take on this big platform and he says, “It’s an untitled track that I contributed to the Walk a Mile charity. I’ll also be playing some of my upbeat house tracks with an Indian twist to it. My performance will cover everything from orchestral soundscapes to dance-floor-friendly tracks from my album.” Sarin will share the stage with Brazilian vocalist Taynah Reis. He adds, “I'm really looking forward to performing tracks from my upcoming album, Connected, with her.”

Besides Rahman and Sarin, the Indian flavour at the Olympics will also include performances by Bihu dancers from Assam and Chennai-based fusion band Staccato.
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