Singapore for a one night only “sound and light”
musical extravaganza titled A.R. Rahman Infinite
Love Live In Concert on April 30 at The Meadow,
Gardens by the Bay.
Fans can look forward to songs from new movies
Kadal, Maryan, Rockstar, Highway and the
much-anticipated upcoming Tamil movie Kochadai-
iyaan as well as songs from his single Infinite Love.
And who else can be expected to appear at the
He said with a laugh: “My whole band, as well as
Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan, Vijay Prakash, Chitra,
Mano, probably half the industry.”
It is widely known that A.R. Rahman, short for
Allah-Rakha Rahman, rarely performs at the same
venue repeatedly. He likes to discover the world,
experience new venues, new audiences and feel
So what makes him want to return to Singapore
after his last performance here in 2011?
“First of all, the generation changes from when
you performed a few years ago. The audience is
new and the music is new,” he replied, adding that
Singapore being a very vibrant city also played a
The singer-songwriter, who mentioned that he used
to shop a lot in Singapore for his musical instru-
ments, also holds fond memories of his first visit to
Singapore, remembering it as an “unreal” experi-
He said: “It’s probably the first city I’ve been to
outside Tamil Nadu in 1985. It was unreal when I
first saw Singapore from the plane. The images are
still in my mind.”
Not only does he hold dear memories of his first
visit to Singapore, he also remembers having a
taste of the uniquely Singaporean seafood cuisine
during his last visit to the Garden City.
Apart from food and shopping, which Singapore
is famous for, Rahman said that he also likes the
people of Singapore.
“I find the people here very loving,” he said.
Rahman’s latest single, Infinite Love, on which
his upcoming concert is based, was released in
It holds a subtle message about the innocence of
youth and how people unnecessarily try to build
walls between each other as they mature.
“We did a video stressing about how the young-
er people growing up have a clean mind. They have
a natural divine instinct; their thoughts are pure.
They don’t have any boundaries, strings attached
about religion, or racism. The (music) video is all
about leadership and how we can inspire or how
the infinite love movement inspires the next genera-
tion,” he said.
When asked about the inspiration for the name
and theme of Infinite Love, he said: “I think it’s a
philosophy. A way of life for me. Each day you
learn something from life. You learn from your
kids, friends, people on the street. So this one hap-
pened a couple of years back when there was a ru-
mour that the world was going to end in 2012. I
knew it was a rumour. So I wanted to make a song.
There’re always reasons to make a song, right? This
was a good reason. So the song was made.”
One would think that a musician of his calibre
would be constantly up-to-date on the music scene
around the world.
But the music producer, who likes a couple of
bands from England and some of the composers
now in Mumbai and Chennai, says: “My listening is
very fractured. I listen to some things and don’t lis-
ten to others. On the radio you listen to something
beautiful and think ‘oh that’s great’ and before I un-
derstand who did that, it moves on to the next
Rahman also gave his take on the rise in reality
shows in India and the discovery of many new tal-
“It’s good and bad. Good because they have an
opportunity to display their talent. Bad because
there’s so much clatter. In the name of introducing
new singers, people also lose their identity. You
don’t know which singer is singing what. Every-
body sounds the same. There’s no character. It’ll be
nice to have singers with strong character so you
know you can recognise that.”
Given these comments, it’s little wonder that Rah-
man said he has no favourite genre in music.
“I like mainly classical music, like Hindustani,
Carnatic or Western classical, because there’s a
wealth of musicality there,” he said.
Rahman has been known to compose songs that
amalgamate elements of these music systems as well
as other genres, layering instruments from differing
music idioms and improvising so that they sync with
the mood of the film.
It is this factor that won his song Jai Ho the Acad-
emy Award in 2009.
“Movie music is about being appropriate for ap-
propriate situations. It’s about triggering feelings
and sometimes going with the emotions. In this par-
ticular case, in the movie they are going through tur-
moil and they needed release. And their release was
Jai Ho. That’s the reason that we got the award for
Jai Ho,” said the soft-spoken man who believes in
Will there be any surprises in store for his fans at
the upcoming concert? He said: “The more we per-
form, what I realised was, they (fans) are not coming
just for the music. They’re coming for the singing
and musicality. They’re all coming to see each ar-
tiste in person. That’s a very important fact. You
don’t have to do a lot (of gimmicks) to make it a real-
ly satisfying music concert. I don’t have to hang on a
rope like Pink did at the Grammys.”
Apart from performing hit songs with prominent
singers, the concert – which is organised by enter-
tainment and events companies DML Live and Rap-
port Global Events – will also include a Qawwali seg-
ment with Sufi devotional music and an electronic
dance music section.
Founder and CEO of DML Live Keerthivasan
Subramaniam said: “Music has the power to inte-
grate and heal people across various sections of soci-
ety within India and the world. There is no one who
has managed to touch hearts like A.R. Rahman, who
has brought people from all over India and the
world together with his enduring melodies.”
One question that often pops up in everyone’s
mind is how Rahman finds inspiration to constantly
make such heart-tugging music for movies.
The music legend said that half the work is done
when composing songs for films because there is a
script, director and lyricist to give him an idea of
what exactly is expected of him.
“So all I have to do is take these elements and
expand it to make something likeable. Each song is
made with certain experiences and influences be-
cause that’s what makes us who we are. Sometimes
I take three hours, sometimes I take three months,
sometimes I take three years to make a song,” he
At other times, the music naturally flows, he
said: “I instinctively start working on it. There’s no
Talking about his family, he said work keeps him
away from them sometimes when he is travelling,
and that it is a “difficult sacrifice” he makes.
“They support me. I think it’s so important for a
creative person to have family members’ support.
If they are not understanding, there won’t be any
creativity. You’ll have to find ways to clear the mis-
understanding and make the relationship proper so
you don’t waste a lot of time on it and instead in-
vest it in your profession. If your family under-
stands that, it helps a creative person and it’s a
boon,” said Rahman about his wife Saira Banu and
three children, Khatija, Rahima and Ameen.
His daughter Khatija and son Ameen have sung
for soundtracks that Rahman composed.
His willingness to showcase new talents in his
songs is what made the Nooran sisters, Jyoti and
Sultana, famous through his latest Bollywood hit
Pattakha Guddi from the movie Highway.
Rahman has also featured Singapore talents La-
dy Kash and Krissy in the song Wanna Mash Up
from Highway as well as the song Irumbiley Oru Id-
haiyam from Tamil movie Enthiran – The Robot
(See report below.)
Rahman’s willingness to experiment and push
boundaries has also led him to collaborate with
Recently described by Time magazine as the
“world’s most prominent and prolific film compos-
er”, he teamed up with Mick Jagger, Eurythmics
founder Dave Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, and
reggae star Damian “Jr Gong” Marley to form a co-
operative project called SuperHeavy in 2011.
He is currently working with Disney on its up-
coming movie Million Dollar Arm and Dream-
works Animation’s Monkeys Of Mumbai.
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wanted to be
THEY’VE been featured twice in compositions by music maestro A.R. Rah-
man. The duo, Lady Kash and Krissy, made up of Singaporeans Kalaivani
Nagaraj and Saradha Vidianand Das (below with Rahman) respectively, was
formed in September 2008 when rapper Lady Kash invited singer Krissy to
Together, they made various
singles and movie soundtracks.
In 2010, they combined vocals
with A.R. Rahman for the Tamil
song Irumbiley Oru Idhaiyam
from the movie Enthiran – The Ro-
They also penned the English
lyrics for the song, which was di-
rected by the two-time Academy
Award winner himself.
“This is our biggest achieve-
ment thus far and undoubtedly a
dream come true for the both of
us. Working on a massive and exciting project such as Endhiran with the
most admired personalities in the industry, at such an early stage in our ca-
reers is a truly humbling experience and will definitely remain as our earliest
most memorable mark of our journey even as we go forward to more experi-
“Being on a soundtrack with Mr. A.R. Rahman is a joyful blessing and
something we have always visualised eagerly. Dreams do come true,” Lady
Kash was quoted as saying on her website.
The song, with its futuristic beat
and sound effects, was an instant
hit around the world.
Lady Kash and Krissy went on to
perform at various stages world-
wide for two more years.
The duo mutually agreed to dis-
band in December 2012 in order to
concentrate on their individual crea-
However in 2014, Lady Kash
and Krissy joined forces once again
to sing for the song Wanna Mash
Up from the recently released Hin-
di movie Highway.
A.R. Rahman with
DML Live founder
at a concert (left)
and with his wife
S’pore duo worked with Rahman
(from left) Damian
A.R. Rahman and
February 28, 2014
February 28, 2014