Rahman records with Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist Orianthi Panagaris

The Mozart of Madaras and India’s pride Rahman has recorded with the legendary Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist Orianthi Panagaris for ‘Rockstar’.

As we all know that A.R. Rahman pious dedication towards his work makes him to go at length to get the perfect sound ditto with Imtiaz Ali who puts his heart and soul to get the right music for his upcoming film ‘Rockstar’ produced by Shree Ashtavinayak and Eros International.

A.R.Rahman has roped in Orianthi Panagaris for a song titled ‘Saadda Haq’ in the film’s soundtrack.

Here is the story how Orianthi the winner of the Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year award in 2010 by Guitar International magazine became the choice of Rahman for the song.

While working on ‘Saadda Haq’, the team (Rahman, Imtiaz, Irshad and Mohit Chauhan) agreed that they needed a fantastic lead guitarist to justify the tempo and the lyrics of the song.

A source from the team says, “While Rahman and Imtiaz had shortlisted several Indian and international musicians, they had Orianthi on the top of their list; given her incredible body of work and her huge international success.”

Rahman checked with his agent in LA and even met up with Orianthi during one of his work visits there. He made her listen to the rough track and she absolutely loved it. Rahman immediately contacted Imtiaz and soon the Director was online, video chatting with Rahman and Orianthi from Mumbai.

“The Director had a long discussion with Orianthi on Skype; briefing her about the film’s story and the song’s relevance. Orianthi who was sitting with Rahman in LA immediately played some tunes that she felt could work well for the song. They (Imtiaz and Rahman) loved it and so Orianthi was on board!,” the source adds.

A few days later, Rahman recorded Orianthi playing the guitar for ‘Saadda Haq’ in his LA studio. The process took 6 long hours, while Imtiaz witnessed the entire session through Skype!

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