——————-Kolkata, India – April 6, 2020———————-
“I want to go beyond the restrictions of language, religion and caste, and music is the only thing that allows me to do that.” – A.R. Rahman.
Rahman, named Dileep Kumar by birth, was born in a musician’s family. His father was the composer of Tamil as well as Malayalam songs. However, life soon came to a halt for Rahman when he lost his father at the age of 9. Young Dileep was mesmerized by the world of Sufi Islam. At the age of 20, he found a home in Sufism after going through the trauma and financial crisis that he was left with after his father’s death. He was not forced to do it, he did it by choice in a search of spirituality. And thus, the star we know came to existence – A.R. Rahman a.k.a. Allahrakkha Rahman.
The change of culture was a pathway to music for him. Rahman came to be known after his work in the film “Roja”. Initially he worked for Tamil movies leading his way into Bollywood and then there was no looking back for him. He has also been embraced with the highest honour of the Padma Bhushan for his excellence in the field of music. He also won Grammy awards for his international album of “Slumdog Millionaire”.
Life lessons from Rahman’s are not of religion, culture or spirituality. Young Musicians today should learn from him the path to embrace oneself and their sense of being. In order to be recognised today, one has to forego the baggage of the past. It brings fresh ideas, and new perspectives to mind and helps you execute and realize your calibre to the full extent. As he says – “Listen to your inner side”.
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