It’s a dull day. I’m not particularly interested in anything. I decide to play some songs to help me cheer up.
And then Dil hain chota sa.. choti si aasha.. plays!
Immediately I’m transported to a different world..
A. R. Rahman- the musical storm is nothing short of a magician. His works have touched millions and continue to mesmerise us everyday.
I rarely read biographies- I prefer autobiographies. This book particularly interested me purely because I was curious to read about A. R. Rahman.
The author- Kamini Mathai has crafted a masterpiece through several interviews of A.R. Rahman and his close associates. Her research is extensive. Writing is easy to follow and you just flow through the pages. A few repetitive themes does make the book a bit stretchy; but you can forgive the author for making a point.
The book starts off with the story of R K Shekhar, his success story, his downfall and eventually the family’s.
The author then piques reader’s interest with slowly building Rahman’s story with quotes from people who his works closely. I expected the book to be an all A. R Rahman praise book. But Mathai doesn’t fall for such delusions. She has also brought light to Rahman’s infamous vices.
As a reader, I felt as if I’m slowly decoding the reticent music director. His life, philosophy and actions are laid down in front of me in simple yet powerful words.
As I finish the book, I feel a void- I want to know more about A.R Rahman. That’s how good the book is.
The facts laid out in the book may not be unknown to hard-core A.R Rahman fans but it’s definitely interesting for music lovers and A. R Rahman admirers like me.
I asked my followers on Twitter about their favourite A. R Rahman songs!
Which is your favourite #ARRahman song?
— Anu Menon (@AyeNuMe) June 8, 2015
Here’s what they told me:
- Roja Janeman
- Satrangi Re
- Tu Hi Re- Bombay
- Anjaana Anjaani- Yuva
- Jashn e Bahara
- Fanna from yuva
- Dil Se
- Mukala mukabla
- Tanha Tanha – Rangeela
- Kun Faya Kun
- Saathiya- Title song
And what are my favourites you ask? I tried to create an indicative list based on my mood.
Enjoy the short playlist. 🙂
- Chinna Chinna Asai
- Choti si Aasha
- Awara Bhavre
- Humma Humma
- Urvasi Urvasi
- Mukala Mukabala
- Mustafa Mustafa
- 50 AR Rahman Tamil Songs
What are your favourite A.R Rahman songs? Tell me in the comments below. 😀