This week on Flashback, we bring you the musical journey of the ‘Mozart of Madras’, AR Rahman. The name speaks for itself. To say that AR Rahman is one of the best things that happened to the music industry is an understatement. His work is noted for its quirky sense of Indianness. ‘Music that feeds the soul’ is a phrase that befits Oscar award-winning musician, AR Rahman. He began his career in 1992 with Mani Ratnam’s Roja and has since composed beautiful melodies that have become a huge part of our lives. Be it rain or sun, newfound love or heartbreak, birth or death – the man has composed music for every occasion. He is known for his fusion of Indian classical music with world music which makes his renditions a beautiful mix of traditional orchestral arrangements and electronic beats.
Better known for his compositions, many a time AR Rahman also lends his voice for his tracks. Rahman is not just a huge name in the Hindi film industry but his genius is even more recognised in the south. He even has renditions like Slumdog Millionaire’s “Jai Ho” which have made him a popular artiste all over the world. Among his various accolades are four National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, 15 Filmfare Awards and 16 Filmfare Awards in South.
AR Rahman has always brought in new elements: newer technologies, talent. After more than two decades in the industry, his quest to push himself or the listeners hasn’t faded. So today, on his 51st birthday, we bring to you a special curation of his music.
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