SOURCE: CineMaya Media Group, Inc.

September 13, 2007 10:43 ET

Breaking News: AR Rahman to Perform at Indian & American Achiever Awards -- September 13, 2007 -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 13, 2007) - India's finest and most reputed international music director, AR Rahman will perform at CineMaya Media Group's (PINKSHEETS: CNMY) inaugural "Indian & American Achiever Awards" on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Beloved for his renditions of Maa Tujhe Salaam and Vande Matran, AR Rahman is one of the most prolific music composers of his generation internationally. He has scored the music for a number of popular and critically acclaimed films. His first movie album Roja was listed in TIME magazine's "Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time." AR Rahman has also achieved international renown for his musical compositions. He has composed the score for Shekhar Kapur's film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the well-known composer of musicals, hired AR Rahman to compose his maiden stage production, Bombay Dreams in 2002. He has also composed the music for The Lord of the Rings theatre production, which first opened in Toronto on March 23, 2006.

Mr. AR Rahman says, "It is my great honor to be able to sing Jana Gana Mana, India's National Anthem during the 60th Year of Independence Celebrations in the heart of the US Capital."

Supported by the US - India Business Council, this inaugural event is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of India's Independence and recognizing individuals and multi-national corporations (MNCs) who have contributed towards the collective advancement and growth of the two largest democracies in the world. CineMaya Media Group will be hosting this fantastic event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The gala event, which begins at 7:00 PM on September 13th, also features performances by internationally acclaimed maestros of Indian music:

--  Dr. Balamurali Krishna and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty (in a duet --
--  Pandit Birju Maharaj
--  Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
--  The evening will be hosted by rising Bollywood star, Kunal Khemu.
--  The US National Anthem will be performed by Penn Masala, the world's
    first and premier Indian a-cappella group.

The prestigious awards are instituted to recognize individuals and companies who have excelled in their fields, in four separate categories. There will be two Honorees in each category, one an Indian and the other an American. The categories are:

--  Innovation, Science & Technology
--  Arts, Entertainment and Media
--  Multi-National Company
--  Gandhi Lifetime Achievement Award

The list of Nominees is impressive as it includes great individual achievers in their respective fields, such as President Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, AR Rahman, N. R. Narayana Murthy, Shah Rukh Khan, and Dr. Deepak Chopra, amongst other great individuals and corporations. For a complete list of the Nominees, visit

The panel of esteemed BOARD OF ADVISORS & JUDGES will select the Honorees in each category of awards. The panel consists of: Hon. Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill; Hon. Ambassador Vijay Nambiar - Chef de Cabinet, United Nations; Congressman Frank Pallone - Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans; Ron Somers - President, US - India Business Council; Dr. Jayaraman - Executive Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; and Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan - Dean of Students, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and Co-Founder SAJA.

The principal sponsors of the event include Air France, Nationwide, DIRECTV, and Air India. Patrons include State Bank of India, HSBC, and ICICI Securities.

For more information about The Indian & American Achiever Awards, visit


The genesis of this event is a confluence of work produced by the founders of CineMaya Media Group, who had produced The Music Festival of India in 1997 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of India's Independence with a once in a lifetime concert at Carnegie Hall and a national tour with India's most renowned classical musicians. The event was the largest such celebration outside of India. More information may be found on the corporate website,

CineMaya Media Group also produced N-R-Eyes, a landmark millennium year series to showcase the most successful Non-Resident Indians in the US. The series was widely telecast on the Zee Network, and was subsequently adapted into a coffee table book, and a syndicated series in The Indian Express North American Edition.

About CineMaya Media Group:

CineMaya Media Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CNMY) is the leading provider of high quality international South Asian media, entertainment, and marketing services. Established in 2000 as a vertically-integrated company, CineMaya Media Group has since grown into a mini-conglomerate in the ethnic media landscape through its robust businesses within the following areas: Publication, Broadcast Television, Radio, Film & Television Production, Events, and Advertising. For more information on CineMaya Media, visit

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