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AR Rahman

AR Rahman, the music maestro of India, famously known as Mozart of Madras by his fans is an unparalleled name in the Indian music industry. Born in a family where his father was a film-score composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films, he started playing the Piano when he was just four years old.


By Team Mojo, 22 Sep 2021


He had an early start to his musical career when he started playing in the Orchestra of a Malayalam music composer. He slowly began working with renowned film composers, making jingles for advertisements that led him to compose outstanding, notable musical score for the movie Roja in 1992. The movie’s music went onto become a massive hit across the nation and is etched in the hearts of the people.

Following the box office success, he went onto make several background scores for hundreds of movies across languages. He is well known for employing contemporary instruments such as Guitars, Cello, Flute, Strings, Keyboard, Finger board, Harpejji, Santoor and traditional Indian instruments such as Shehnai, Sitar, Mrudangam, Veena & Tabla in his background scores.

A six-time National Award winner, Rahman has now collaborated with one of the finest lyricists of Hindi cinema, Gulzar to create a song titled ‘Meri Pukar Suno’, as a tribute to Mother Earth, written from her perspective appealing to all forms of nature.

In a candid chat with Barkha Dutt at Mojo Story, Rahman remarks on how the song came about. He says the song is to uplift the people of the country. It is to bring about a ray of positivity, hope and change in these dark times.

For a person who has lost his loved one recently, coping up with the loss has been unfathomable. “In these tiring times my only solace is my studio and my music. With music, you need to strip all your emotions. You need to become hollow. You become the vacuum filled with the infinite. The feeling of numbness creeps in and you need to give it a chance to see what comes in with that particular feeling,” Rahman remarks.

Speaking of the way in which the pandemic impacted him, Rahman adds, “I have always been working at my home studio for 28 years, hence there isn’t much of change for me.”

“I personally feel the role of artists of all forms is extremely important now. The mind is the shrine of God and needs to be kept pure.”

Rahman also reflects  in the interview on how “Life is a transit station and the way you live your life in the transit station is what matters.”