Academy Award-winner, A. R. Rahman: 'I'm in the industry since Adam and Eve!'

A. R. Rahman, live in-concert
A. R. Rahman, live in-concert

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Rahman has produced and co-written an upcoming Hindi-language musical, 99 Songs, which is a story about self-discovery of a singer who wants to make it big in the world of music. His directorial debut, Le Musk, is a Virtual-Reality (VR) film. “Le Musk, for me, was a matter of convenience. I was researching about
VR and sensory technology, when this project was offered to me. I thought I’d give it a try since I had a grasp on the subject, owing to my study. It was great experience,” explained Rahman.

Rahman attributes his directorial venture to his curiosity for VR and the art of direction, along with his urge to explore the possibility of trying new things. “You never know, what’s in store. Had I ignored this
opportunity thinking it’s not for me, I’d have never known I can do it. I was curious to know what it takes to direct a movie. It was challenging, but a unique film,” he said.


A. R. Rahman's directorial debut, Le Musk

A. R. Rahman's directorial debut, Le Musk

When asked if VR will ever enter the music domain, Rahman replied, “Yes, it is bound to penetrate music technology, a few years down the line. It’s right here, slowly and steadily, it will grasp the music industry.”
Though Rahman comes across as a very modest personality, the streak of humour in him is quite evident. I asked Rahman if he has ever plans to act in movies, and pat came the reply, “What am I doing now? Haha, I’m joking!”

RAHMAN’S TRAINING SCHOOL

Rahman owns a boutique conservatory know as KM Music Conservatory, which is the first higher-education institution of its kind in India, founded by the A. R. Rahman Foundation, in 2008. “The idea behind this conservatory is to teach students what is not already taught in schools. Learned professionals from around the globe teach Hindustani and Western classical music, and how to use music technology while not being naive about it. We aim to create wholesome musicians, irrespective of their caste, background, or religion: talent being the only requisite. All the infrastructure we’ve built, is to nurture the kids,” said Rahman. The institution meets the highest standards of international education, attracting faculty and students from around the world, and is affiliated to Middlesex University in London. Rahman serves as the head
principal of the conservatory and conducts workshops at the school sometimes.
Rahman wants his children to follow music, he said, “I’m trying to push them all in. My children are already learning music. I want them to be successful music professionals, so they can carry the legacy forward and spread education. It’s important when one gets older. This is good nepotism!”

A R Rahman's upcoming musical, 99 Songs

A R Rahman's upcoming musical, 99 Songs

PEARLS OF WISDOM

“Anything that is easy, is not good for you. One has to intend and work towards reaching the sky. Set milestones. You don’t have to tell the world about it, just know it in your mind. You’ll automatically know when you’ve made it. Without a purpose, life is like a boat without a sail. One should look forward to waking up every morning and working towards the set goal,” elaborated Rahman.

According to him, it is important to keep one’s ideals and integrity high. He shared some words to abide by, “Don’t get distracted, it takes a long time to fix yourself back. Be passionate, dive deep.
Everything is hidden in the riddle: ‘How?’ Young people have to be over-smart in differentiating the good from the bad, the right from the wrong.”

ANYTHING THAT IS EASY, IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU. ONE HAS TO INTEND AND WORK TOWARDS REACHING THE SKY. SET MILESTONES. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL THE WORLD ABOUT IT, JUST KNOW IT IN YOUR MIND. YOU’LL AUTOMATICALLY KNOW WHEN YOU’VE MADE IT. WITHOUT A PURPOSE, LIFE IS LIKE A BOAT WITHOUT A SAIL. ONE SHOULD LOOK FORWARD TO WAKING UP EVERY MORNING AND WORKING TOWARDS THE SET GOAL.


When asked if he has ever faced any challenge, Rahman exclaimed, “I’m in the industry since the existence of Adam and Eve! Haha! No challenges, my life has been amazing. I’ve been blessed with music, love, fame, and money. This makes me want to give back love, knowledge, and spirituality, to the masses, through my music. I derive inspiration from meditation. I believe in the power of silence. This part of me helps me refine myself, which reflects in my music!”

Well said, Mr Rahman!

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