A.R. Rahman talks
about his dreams
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
MCI (P) 031/11/2013
T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
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to be a
MAGINE the music maestro A.R. Rahman in a white lab
gown and safety goggles conducting science experiments.
A fine scientist is what he would have been if he’d had his
way. “If I hadn’t taken up a career in music, I might have been
a scientist,” said the man whose fans call him Isai Puyal (musi-
With the early demise of his father when he was just nine,
his mother had hoped for him to carry on in his father’s foot-
“My father was a composer so my mother insist-
ed that I go into music. She told me to
leave school and go into music.
Unlikely ille (‘is it not’ in
Tamil)? It’s the other
way round in other
families,” he told
at the Movenpick
Heritage Hotel in Sento-
sa on Feb 20. Rahman was in Singapore
to promote his upcoming concert here
on April 30.
It is evident that his interest in experiment-
ing has rubbed off on his music career as well.
From his first songs heard in the Tamil movie Roja in
1992 to songs featured in the latest Hindi movie Highway,
he never fails to impress his audience with new beats and
tunes unique to his compositions.
“I try to make each one (song) as different as I can. I
like to experiment. It’s an experience. I want it (tunes) to
be fresher and feel fresher. It has to emotionally con-
nect with the audience,” he said.
The multiple award-winning musician will be in
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Following in his father’s footsteps...
A.R. Rahman took up music at his mother’s
insistence because she had hoped he would
carry on his composer father’s work.
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February 28, 2014
February 28, 2014
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