Will AR Rahman’s passion for the music ever rule the world?
What is the first word that comes to your mind when you listen to the word “MUSIC”?some may say soul, life or any genre of music that may like. But for me it was, it is, and it will always be AR Rahman. Every time I listen to his compositions from the film “ Roja” which was apparently his first debut in the film industry, gives me Goosebumps. So, what is so special about him? it is his passion for music that drives me crazy. He can make you feel the raindrops dripping from a high school roof, the gentle breeze during the winters, the sandstorms in the desserts, the lush green grasslands, the naivety of the protagonists through his songs. From a young boy composing jingles to selling millions of copies of his songs, AR Rahman has come a long way and it definitely didn’t come easy to him. It was when Rahman was nine years old that his father passed away, and the family was forced to survive on the renting of his father’s music equipment. The family was devastated, and young Rahman took upon his shoulders the responsibility of supporting his family, both financially and mentally. Starting off as a small-time keyboard player, he was a part of a band ‘Roots’ along with the famous percussionist Sivamani and his friends John Anthony, Suresh Peters, Raja, and JoJo. Their flair in music was greatly influenced by jazz legends like Chick Correa and the classical music of India.
In an interview with Times of India, he once said, I lost my father when I was nine. My only distinct memories of him are confined to an ailing patient in the hospital. It was a mysterious disease that doctors failed to diagnose. In between, my mother sought refuge in spiritual healers. Unfortunately, he was not destined to live long.
Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree. I can’t think of a better example other than AR Rahman, a man who has upheld himself with extreme humility in this cruel world of nepotism. With time he proved that it’s the passion and the talent that matters and as long as you stick to what your heart says, and work really hard on it, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your dreams. His story of how he became an international music icon with selfless hard work, passion, and grit is more than inspirational. And AR Rahman’s passion for music will definitely rule the world.