A.R Rahman, the Mozart Of Madras is quite famous for his unique ability to stitch various forms of music together as no one else does. Indian music and culture are extremely rich, and now the essence of our musical heritage needs recognition globally. It’s stalwart like A.R Rahman who has mastered the computerization and digitization era and help India to expand culturally rich musical heritage globally. His qualities like these which make him so inspirational to every citizen and here I have listed out a few of his qualities which makes him so inspirational;
1. NOT LETTING CRITICISM AFFECT HIM
Around the year 2015 A.R Rahman was issued Fatwa by the Islamic authorities for his music composition in a movie called The Prophet, which according to the authorities was against Islamic ethics. After this, quite a portion of his audience started criticizing him.
There were points in his career where he was criticized for what his work or actions many times. Heavy criticism can often lead to depression, anxiety, and sadness. Rahman being the strong personality he is, never let it affect him. It is his belief that his music is going to speak for him not his words. “Criticism is fine – at the end of the day, my music speaks for itself” quoted Rahman
2. MUSIC AS A SPIRITUAL EXERCISE
I have mentioned before about the impact of Rahman’s song Luka Chuppi had on me. It’s a song about the relationship between mothers and her kids which says even if you fly high above the sky, the absence of your mother will always feel empty to you. Its songs like Khwaja Mere Khwaja, Dil Se Re and Phir Se Udd Chala that so soothing and relaxing that it starts acting as a mental-spiritual exercise for you. By the time you have finished listening to his songs, you feel like your soul has been cleansed. Its magnifying qualities like these that make him an exception.
“I like music that is able to stir my soul. My music is a spiritual exercise” quoted Rahman
3. HIS WORK INSPIRING INTERNATIONAL THEMES
His theme of Bombay from the movie Mani Ratnam not only won the hearts of Indian citizens but also inspired many international artists. Loyd Banks in his song Rather By Me also used Rahman’s work as his inspiration In 2005 war film Lord Of War that stared Jared Leto used it as his inspiration. The Fact that his work is so astounding that inspires so many international artists is commendable
4. MAKING MUSIC FOR CREATIVE SATISFACTION
“Rather than making money I believe in making people happy. All other things are secondary. Money isn’t important, creative satisfaction is” quoted, Rahman
I have always believed that humans can't just succeed in life because they have the urge inside them to make money. Its passion towards the work you do matters and that’s what the recipients like to see. Rahman’s this quotes inspires people like me to work towards any field you want instead of worrying about what you “should” or “have” to do without any interest and passion.
5. WINNING INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
A.R Rahman won two Oscars at one go and a Golden Globe Award for his amazing work towards the song Jai Ho and became the first Indian Music Director to gain global recognition for his music composition. If this is not enough he is also got nominated for BAFTA for 127 Hours.