This gifted music maestro possesses a deep understanding of music and a natural talent to blend the traditional with the modern. Today, he turns a year older, but his music is still young and vibrant as 23 years ago. His soulful music in ‘Roja’ still resonates in our ears and his recent movie, ‘Tamasha’ enveloped us with same liveliness and intensity.
1. His songs are meaningful and full of depth.
The starting tunes of Rahman songs are what keep us engrossed till the very end. His songs remain eternal, not like Yo Yo Honey Singh’s party songs, whose craze ends after a week. No matter how many times we replay his songs, we still want to hear them one more time.
2. His music cleanses our mind.
We forget all our worries and sorrows as his beautiful melodies refresh our soul. The mind starts to dance, while the heart wonders in imagination.
3. His music is a blend of modern, traditional and religious cultures.
From hip-hop compositions like ‘Masti ki Pathshaala’ to ‘Khalifa’, his versatility has gripped everyone. He always remains rooted to his culture and creatively mixes Indian and Western styles.
4. Love has been a repeated source of inspiration.
That’s the reason why his melodic music stands the test of time. He doesn’t make songs for movies, he composes a song to display a certain emotion/situation in its purest form. His music comes from the heart, both lyrically and tune-wise.
5. His songs have a unique vibe.
His style of composition stands unique and no other musician gives us the same vibe and rush.
6. He has never been pompous about his gift.
He has accepted all styles of music with equal respect. Although he has achieved much in the past two decades, he is still very humble and grounded. He said:
“Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It’s like a beggar sitting waiting for God to fill your bowl with the right thought. In every song, I ask help from Him.”
7. Honesty sprouts in his music.
If he doesn’t believes in the message of the film, he rejects the film. In an interview he was asked why he doesn’t compose music for Salman Khan movies; he replied that he would love to work with Salman, if Salman makes films which he believes in.
8. He is the only Indian musician to win an Oscar.
The double-Oscar winner shared the Best Compilation Soundtrack for a Motion Picture Grammy with lyricist Gulzar for the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ soundtrack. ‘Jai ho’ was judged the best motion picture song.
9. He respects all religions, though he converted to Islam at the age of 23.
Rahman was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister was seriously ill in 1984. He converted to Islam with other members of his family in 1989 at the age of 23, changing his name from R S Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman (A R Rahman).
10. He is involved with a number of charitable causes.
In 2004, he was appointed as a global ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a WHO project. Rahman has also supported the Save the Children campaign. He even created a song, ‘Jiya Se Jiya’ with a noted percussionist Sivamani, inspired by the Free Hugs Campaign.