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A R Rahman launches new music initiative with host of Eelam Tamil artists

A.R Rahman 

Famed music composer A.R. Rahman has teamed up with Oscar and Grammy-nominated artist M.I.A. and an array of Tamil artists around the world to launch 'maaja', a project to support and amplify the voices of independent artists. A.R Rahman hopes to 'elevate the world class talent' to a global stage.

Rahman draws on the influence of his birth city Chennai and growing up with the ‘four south Indian languages’ as a calling for him to start a project to revive the ‘unity’ and expand the ‘industry and the joy it creates’.

The maiden project of maajja will be the launching of YAALL – a premier global music festival in Chennai, which will showcase numerous talented Tamil independent artists from Chennai to Toronto. Described as the beginning of a ‘cultural renaissance’, Eelam Tamil and Indian Tamil artists form the bulk of the line-up and lead the way. 

"I am supporting this bridging of all these communities coming together," said M.I.A. "Something that is birthed out of India is awesome."

M.I.A 

Instagram: @miamatangi  

Twitter: @MIAuniverse

Read more here: "As an artist I’m still dealing with being a refugee" - Interview with M.I.A.

Navz-47

Instagram: @navz_47

Twitter: @Navz_47

Shan Vincent de Paul & Yanchan

Instagram: @shan.vincent.de.paul    @yanchanmusic

Twitter:  @shanvdp  @yanchanmusic

Read more here: 'We did not come from fire, we were born in it' - In Conversation with Shan Vincent de Paul

Sarika

Instagram: @sarikasingsnava

Twitter: @SarikaSingsNava

NXT Sister Duo

Instagram: @nxtsisterduo

Two's A Company 

Instagram: @twothecompany 

Cartel Madras

Instagram: @cartel.madras

Twitter: @CartelMadras

The Castless Collective 

Instagram: @tcl_collective 

Staccato

Instagram: @staccato_live

Sean Roldan & Friends

Instagram: rseanroldan

Sathyaprakash 

Instagram: @dsathyaprakash

Sakthi Amaran

Instagram: @sakthiamaranlive

R K Arvin

instagram: @iam_rkarvin

Shashaa Tirupati

Instagram: @sashasublime

Leon James

Instragram: @leon.james

Twitter: @leon_james

Karthik Devaraj

Instagram: @Karthick_devaraj 

Gaana Muthu & Tenma 

Instagram: @tenmamakesmusic  @ganamuthuofficial

Maalavika Sundar 

Instagram : @sundarmaalavika

Twitter: @maalavikasundar

Mugen Rao

Instagram: @themugenrao

Twitter: @themugenrao

Pradeep Kumar (Oorka) 

Instagram: @oorkatheband

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