Academy Award winning musician A.R. Rahman will be featured in the OWN original primetime series, Oprah’s Next Chapter, as part of a new two-part special episode titled Oprah Travels to India. The show talks about Oprah’s visit to India where Rahman welcomes her and the show highlights his foundation KM Music Conservatory by featuring a stunning performance with The KM Music Conservatory children’s choir. The choir had the honor of performing for Oprah as well as some of Bollywood’s biggest stars at what Indian media proclaimed as ‘the party of the year’. Capturing her first trip to the country, Oprah Travels to India premiered yesterday (Sunday April 22, 2012) at 8/9c on OWN with part 2 of the episode, ‘Women of India’, to air on Sunday, April 29.
AR Rahman has shaped modern India’s music for more than a decade. Rahman met Oprah in 2009 when he captured the international spotlight for his work on Slumdog Millionaire after winning two Academy Awards for ‘Best Original Score’ and ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Jai Ho‘. Rahman performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show that year and was also seated at the same table as Oprah at the TIME 100 gala event celebrating some of the world’s most influential people. That evening, they discussed a future visit to India and Oprah had tweeted that she was looking forward to a tour.
Oprah Travels to India is part of the new primetime series, OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER, in which Oprah steps outside of the studio for enlightening conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.
Rahman meanwhile continues to shine on the international arena and is currently working on composing the music for DreamWorks Animation’s Monkeys of Mumbai, and also recently completed composing writer Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, People Like Us (starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Favreau and Michelle Pfeiffer) which is set for release on June 29.