A.R. Rahman, the composer, has collaborated with Expo 2020 Dubai to conceptualize a state-of-the-art music recording studio in the UAE and pioneer an all-women ensemble of musicians: The Firdaus Women’s Orchestra. The ambitious initiative brings together 50 talented women musicians from across the UAE and the wider MENA region to create a unique musical project, mentored by Rahman. It is also meant to bring about a special – not religious – connection, as all these women are from different faiths. They could be Christian, Muslim, or Hindu, but it is humanity that connects the soul. The term Firdaus seemed very complementary to that ideology.
Described as a fusion of styles and genres, the ensemble comprises women of 23 nationalities between 16 and 51, with Yasmina Sabbah as its conductor. Their music will draw inspiration from the UAE region’s ancient traditions, which have used instruments such as the oud, rebaba, and darbuka. (Extracted from https://www.thehindu.com/ entertainment/ar-rahman)