AR Rahman’s new version of ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ goes viral

More than two decades after his Urvasi Urvasi song took audiences by storm, A.R. Rahman unveiled its “reimagined” version on the seventh season of MTV Unplugged on Wednesday.

A.R. Rahman reimagines Urvasi Urvasi

Remember when A.R. Rahman crowdsourced new lyrics from YOU guys for a reimagined version of his classic, Urvasi Urvasi? Well, HERE IT IS! And it is GENIUS. #YouSawItHereFirst#RSBarrelSelect #MakeItPerfect #MTVUnplugged

Posted by MTV India on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Oscar-winning composer had asked his fans to contribute fresh lyrics for the charanam of the song and upon receiving more than a 1,000 comments on his Facebook page, picked four contributions.

The new version features Rahman with Suresh Peters (who sang with him in the original hit) and composer Ranjit Barot.

Urvasi Urvasi was first composed in 1994 for Shankar’s Kadhalan, starring Prabhudeva and Nagma. The original lyrics were written by Vairamuthu.

The unplugged version, according to Rahman, is aimed to be more contemporary in its references — Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, demonetisation and some puns in Tamil. It has so far garnered more than 1.2 million views on Facebook.


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