November 10, 2009 3:19:21 PM IST Bollywood Trade News Network
Oscar winner musician A. R. Rahman's (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) "A. R. Rahman Foundation" wants to "make poverty history".
As a first step towards achieving the vision of "strive towards making poverty history", the Foundation will set up educational institutions and provide world class, state-of-the-art infrastructure and education to underprivileged children who do not have the means to access & fund their education. This will equip them with knowledge and skill sets to pursue specialized higher studies that will provide them career opportunities to build a secure future for themselves and their families, Foundation states. Rahman is giving live 'Jai Ho' concert in Kolkata (India) on November 14 in support of the Foundation.
Rahman, who has reportedly recorded sales of over 300 million, was called "Mozart of Madras'' by Time magazine. Rahman sees music "as a way to connect to spirituality and embrace it" and for "creating harmony in troubled times".