Bombay Dreams' Rahman to Create Musical About the Buddha

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A. R. Rahman, the composer of the new Broadway musical Bombay Dreams, is at work on a new musical based on the life of Siddhartha Gautama.

A.R. Rahman
A.R. Rahman

Rahman told Playbill On-Line that he is working on the new musical, Siddhartha the Buddha, with noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and alternative medicine's Deepak Chopra. "It's probably going to [debut] in Las Vegas," said Rahman. "It's a really spiritual kind of musical about the Buddha . . . [but] it's in the very early discussion stage."

Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince in the sixth century B.C. He eventually became known as the Buddha (the "Awakened One") and created the Four Noble Truths, which became the foundation for the Buddhist religion.

Rahman is a well-known music director in the Indian film industry who has composed soundtracks for over 50 films. He attended Trinity College of Music at Oxford University and composed the score for the Oscar-nominated film "Lagaan." He is also at work on a stage musical based on "The Lord of the Rings."

Bombay Dreams currently plays the Broadway Theatre, Broadway at 53rd Street.

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