Checked ancient artwork for Mohenjodaro music

Published On: 2020-01-04

Author: Archita Kashyap

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Checked ancient artwork for musical instruments used in period: A R Rahman on Mohenjo Daro music

Source: T 2 Online

For Ashutosh Gowarikar's Mohenjo Daro, the maestro scavenged for historical details and then let his creativity do the rest.

AR Rahman and filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar have collaborated for multiple films so far. For the upcoming Mohenjo Daro, AR Rahman has had to imagine the sounds of an ancient past that has left very little record of its music.

Speaking with T2 Online, Rahman says, “I have done a lot of research for this one. We have seen paintings and artworks from the past to identify the musical instruments (used in the period). Then, we have composed tunes and mixed up the sounds. You have to imagine, give it a free hand on what could have been then…We've also created scores that the common person would enjoy. We’ve avoided very elaborate songs.”

AR Rahman is reuniting with friend and filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar for the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Mohenjo Daro. In the past, the duo have collaborated to create Lagaan, Jodha Akbar and Swades — each soundtrack a masterpiece in it’s own right. 

Mohenjo Daro is partly fantasy and partly a historical tale based during the Indus Valley civilization in 2500 BCE. The Harappan civilization, as it is also known, was at its height around the same time as the ancient Egyptian civilization. The famous archeological site Mohenjo-daro is in Sindh, Pakistan.

Rahman, who has his hands full with compositions for multiple Indian films, is also gung-ho about turning producer with film99 Songs.

“This film is about the language of music, how it affects us. From the script to preparations, I have been involved with it all. I am quite enjoying this new role. I have taken him (director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy) to LA and introduced him to people who can help with CGI and visual effects. We will have a new actor. ”

Rahman’s production about the power of music — there’s not much else you can ask for, can you?
"You have to wait to hear it. I promise it is going to be pretty charming.”- A R Rahman on the music of MohenjoDaro