When Siti Nurhaliza sings a Tamil tune

13 August 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s No. 1 singer Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin is thrilled to be given the opportunity to perform a Tamil number for a TV programme soon.

In her Instagram account, Siti uploaded three videos on her rehearsing the renowned Indian composer A.R. Rahman’s popular number Nenje Ezhu in a recording studio, while being observed by a local Indian composer Jay. The videos received thousands of "likes" from her followers.

Nenje Ezhu, which means Oh Heart Rise Up, is a mid-tempo number and is composed and sung by A.R Rahman. It was also the motion picture soundtrack for the 2013 Kollywood film Mariyaan.

Siti is busy rehearsing since she will be a guest performer at the final of Astro’s singing competition International Superstar, which is slated on Aug 15 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

The 36-year-old artiste will be belting out the song together with five local artistes including local Indian singers Andrea, Bibeck Jay, Gowri, as well as local groups Fuying & Sam, and Gold Kartz.

“I am so excited because I have never done this before (sing a Tamil tune). When they invited me to perform a song in Tamil, I was reluctant because of the language. But I eventually agreed when I learned that it would be an A.R. Rahman’s song,” said Siti, who admires the renowned composer.

A.R. Rahman was also responsible for the music score of the 2009 Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and The Pussycat Dolls’ popular tune Jai Ho.

Siti, who is not proficient in Tamil, had to practise the correct pronunciation of all the Tamil words in the lyrics.

“Firstly, I translated the words into Malay to understand the meaning. Jay helped me a lot to make sure I grasped the meaning behind the lyrics so that I will be able to perform the song convincingly with the right feel. And I am glad that he is satisfied with my progress.

“Who knows, I might be able to collaborate with A.R. Rahman himself in future,” Siti told the New Straits Times, who even tagged the composer in her video on Instagram.

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