After more than two decades in the business, prolific composer and musician A.R. Rahman — best known for his sweeping film scores (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The Hundred Foot Journey) — recently headed back to school. Specifically, Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
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During his visit to the college last fall (where he was being awarded an honorary doctorate), Rahman revisited one of his classic songs: “Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera” from the 2004 film Swades. Berklee’s Indian Ensemble and World Strings, along with Rahman himself on backup vocals, recorded a lush new version inspired by last year’s video of the ensemble performing the composer’s hit “Jiya Jale.”
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With 21 singers and 37 instrumentalists, this beautiful rendition really captures the power of the original — listen below:
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