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A R Rahman Decodes The Flying Lotus via Twitter

Thiruvananthapuram: Oscar and  Grammy winner A R Rahman engaged with his 17.6 million Twitter fans on his recently released album which features the 19-minute masterpiece with the Seattle Symphony titled The Flying Lotus.

On Monday, the maestro tweeted: “Have something interesting coming up for you. RT this tweet for a surprise”.  He followed this up with “I will be taking 5 questions on The Flying Lotus, so tweet using #TheFlyingLotus and I might just pick your question”.

His fans on Twitter went into a frenzy sending back thousands of questions on The Flying Lotus from which he personally handpicked 5 to respond to via a series of videos.

In a candid conversational campaign, A R Rahman for the first time answered a range of questions on The Flying Lotus.

  • Why did you think of naming it The Flying Lotus?
  • The Flying Lotus is intense & full of raw emotions. The music conveys a sense of pain/anguish. Is it so? What was going through your mind?
  • Should artists react or stay away from reacting to issues around him? Is he affected even if he reacts or does not?
  • What excited you to do this piece and how did Seattle Symphony react to your idea. How did all happen?

A R Rahman responded to the above questions, and they are all here.

On 6th October 2017, AR Rahman released The Flying Lotus – a 19-minute music piece which is his interpretation of a historical phase in India when the government announced demonetization. It’s a collaboration with the internationally renowned Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ricardo Averbach. The album opened straight at #1 on the iTunes India album chart.

A R Rahman’s The Flying Lotus is available worldwide on physical and digital formats exclusively on Universal Music Group.