Muscat: World famous Indian music director duo Salim-Sulaiman, who performed at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, are coming to Oman.
The brothers, who have composed music for more than 100 Bollywood films and television shows, will make their Oman debut at the City Amphitheatre, Qurum on February 19.
Speaking to the Times of Oman, Akshay Chowdhary, director of Light and Shadow Enterprises said, “We are extremely happy to bring the dynamic duo that has been scoring music for Hindi films for a long time now. They are among India’s top music composers, having scored music for more than 100 films, including Chak De India, Band Baaja Baaraat, Kurbaan, Heroine, Fashion, Aaja Nachle and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Fashion, Iqbal among others.”
The Salim-Sulaiman concert will have an ensemble of 25 musicians performing on stage.
“Some top singers from Bollywood will also be accompanying them, whose names will be announced shortly,” Chowdhary said.
Tradition of music
Steeped in a family tradition of music as the sons of a composer and veteran of the film industry, Sadruddin Merchant, Salim mastered the piano at the Trinity College of Music in London, while Sulaiman took up tabla training with legends, such as Taufiq Qureshi and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
They have also composed several records incorporating cinematic, folk, electronic and sufi influences into their music. “They have really redefined the music scene in India,” Chowdhary said.
The two artists had also performed at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
Salim-Sulaiman have also been part of several TV reality shows as celebrity judges, including the very popular Indian Idol.
Best music award
“They’ve also got the best music award for the film ‘Fashion’ at New York’s Syracuse International Film Festival, Filmfare, Zee Cine, IIFA, Screen and several other awards,” he added.
They were also nominated for a daytime Emmy Award for composing “Save the Tiger - Wonder Pets.”
Their performance is being brought to Oman by event management agency Light and Shadow Enterprises.
The presenter of the concert is Minara, a product of Areej Vegetable Oils and Derivatives (AVOD) S.A.O.G. “Over the years, we have made an effort to redefine entertainment in Oman.
Concerts, such as Temptations Reloaded with Shahrukh Khan and Katrina, Akon’s Live Concert and Salman Khan’s event, which we had done in the past has proved our organisational skills, set-up abilities, production calibre and eye for detail. Continuing the tradition, we want this to be the biggest concert of the year,” said Chowdhary.