The Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman is an introvert, and thus remains something of a mystery.
The Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman is an introvert, and thus remains something of a mystery. He is the 53-year-old, musician who had put Indian music in the world map. His life had been full of twist and turns, from the age of 9, after his father’s death, became the sole wage-earner of the family. Then focussing on music as a mainstream, started playing as a musician, then entering into the film industry, entry onto the world stage and now film making.
எல்லா புகழும் இறைவனுக்கே என்று இரண்டு கைகளை விரித்தான் ஒருவன்,
அவனது கைகளில் இரண்டு ஆஸ்கார் விருதுகளை வைத்தான் இறைவன்
1 First stint with music
It was around 1989, I went through a transformation of self-realisation. I realised it was not about technique, but about what comes from within. You become like an instrument and you want music to come through you. When music comes from within, that’s when the magic happens. AR Rahman said during 'Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) with his fans on Twitter.
2 Studies or Music?
After his father's death when Rahman was nine years old, the rental of his father's musical equipment provided his family's income. Raised by his mother, studying in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan had to work to support his family. which led to him to routinely miss classes and fail exams. Rahman attended another school called MCN for a year, and later joined Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, where he was admitted on his music talent and formed a band with his high school classmates. However, after discussing with his mother, he later dropped out of school to pursue a career as a full-time musician.
So, follow your own interests and passion.
3 The film that changed his destiny
The film that changed his fortunes was his first film, Roja in the year 1992, directed by Mani Ratnam. He won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for his work. This has been a great driving force for Rahman. The films' score was critically and commercially successful in its original and dubbed versions, led by the innovative theme 'Chinna Chinna Aasai'. Successively he followed this with successful scores and songs for Tamil language films.
"First impression is the best impression", Everyone try to give their best at their first attempt, which improves them constantly and gives confidence in forthcoming situations.
4 Be an Inspiration icon
A person should not only watch others as an inspiration, one day he should become an inspiration. In the late 80's and 90's there were a few playback singers who would be singing most of the movies. But after the arrival of AR Rahman to the industry, he helped out by bringing more than a dozen of new talented faces to the field of music. Now, most of them are famous playback singers. They include (from left to right) Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Srinivas, Minmini, Mohit Chauhan, Jonita Gandhi, Vijay Prakash, Harini, Sujatha, Unnikrishnan, Blaaze, Anuradha Sriram, Benny Dayal, Chinmayi, Unni Menon, Naresh Iyer, Haricharan, and Tippu.
5 Opening an Educational Institution and foundation
Till his age of 40, he just wanted just do music, had no idea on the improvement of society, just like other people. But later on, he wanted to make a change in the society, impart proper musical education to youngsters, thereby improving the quality of music. He wanted to break the walls, that were mentally built about the Indian music, as a low quality music by the world. He opened educational institution focussed on music, KM Music Conservatory in the year 2008 in Chennai. He later in the year 2009, opened AR Rahman Foundation, a non-profit organization established to provide disaster relief fund and education poor people in India.
6 Way he did music
"Every time I do a song I feel like I think I know how to do the song.
I know that I'm wrong. So I take the other stuff as I just keep quiet, and I will wait for it to come naturally, in a way which would be what be the right for the self." He said his way of doing music, how he would start thinking of composing, feeling music and then scoring the background which makes music pleasing to ears and touching our soul, during a talk at reality show.
7 Technology to back-up
Almost, everything in this world works depends on some technology. As being engineers, everyone builds new tech to create an improvement in our well-being. Rahman says, " Technology is a double ended sword. Some advancements help immensely, while some make one lazy as an artist."
Rahman's AM Studio has introduced this 7.1 technology to the south Indian film industry. Dolby Atmos Music Comes to India, AR Rahman’s ‘99 Songs’ Soundtrack First Album in This Immersive Audio Format
8 Interest in other fields
Other than music, AR Rahman had interests in other fields. His favourite is collecting cameras and taking pictures. But he didn't stop with that. He started learning scriptwriting, direction. AR Rahman got the core idea of Le Musk movie from his wife Saira Banu who is very fond of perfumes. She suggested him to make directional debut with the subject of perfume and gradually the project got shape. And this is how Rahman added another feather to his cap as filmmaker in his versatile credentials with Karan Grover as producer.
Other than the traditional way of narrating story, he wanted to narrate the film story through music. Hence, he choose Virtual Reality aka VR as the film medium. Being an early adopter of technology, it got handy for him. As a homework, he took classes of Virtual Reality in LA and India.
9 What to do at tough situations?
Once at a reality show AR Rahman, tells how he would be facing risky situations, "When there is a tough situation in your life, consider this idea, slow down your mind, detach yourself from sadness and always be bold to walk the path. You will definitely find relief, solutions, breakthrough ideas and rewards." These are golden words. He says, "The search is more important than the destination".
10 What is important?
He says, "The search is important than the destination". This made him search for quality music. He usually wanted to do more albums and concerts other than doing for films. For that he didn't stop, started doing live concerts all over the world, world tours, collaborating with musicians all over the world.
Even during this COVID lockdown, he is doing work from home. Didn't this sounds great? He is even working during this lockdown.
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