Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Rahman gets mega-deal for Commonwealth theme song

A.R. Rahman, revered for his soul-stirring music and recently bestowed the Padma Vibhushan by the government, will be paid close to Rs 5.5 crore by the Games' Organising Committee (OC) for composing the opening ceremony theme song.

(Watch video of Commonwealth Games theme song)

(Read: 'Gateway to your heart' - CWG anthem composed by Euphoria)

Sources confirmed that Rahman would also be associated with 'promotional events' relating to the October 3-14 sporting extravaganza to be held in the Capital.

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Hectic parleys have been going on between Rahman's agents and OC officials for quite some time now. Sources said the initial demand from the music guru was close to Rs 15 crore, but later settled for lesser amount because CWG is a national event. The OC will either request government to exempt income tax payment on this amount, or will foot the bill. All this was recently cleared by the OC's executive committee which met in New Delhi.

(Read: 'Swagatham - Rahman's Commonwealth Games theme song')

(Watch video of Commonwealth Games theme song)

The expenditure on Commonwealth Games is being critized recently. Delhi has committed to best ever opening ceremony and has committed a sum of Rs 200 crore for the opening and closing ceremonies. However, many stakeholders find this expenditure outrageous. Despite demands that every rupee spent should be accounted for, insiders say people are spending money on events not directly related to the Games.

Commonwealth Games OC members have divergent views on spending 5.5 crores for theme song. The point is that when athletes in India are struggling to get money and facilities to hire the best coaches in the business, funds being spent on the cultural extravaganza are hard to justify.


Anurag said...

nice post

gamer.exe said...

A good song.....It motivates the players to win bags of medal in The GAMES FOR INDIA..............In the meantine its is also Welcoming the Foriewgn players that will come to India to take part in CWG

Shravan said...

about song okkk... but about money spent on the events.. r like pouring fruit juice in toilet..

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