Monday, February 23, 2009

An Indian...To the Core

I am not writing this post because the Oscars just got concluded at the Kodak Theatres 30 minutes back. But only because one person whom I followed & admired since I heard him first has just bagged the best possible recognition that one dreams of. A.R. Rahman, people call him genius, for me just one word "maestro". You know what, I fought with my friends over him as 8 out of 10 times they said that his songs are not up to the mark in his new movie, I always ask them to listen it again & again. Because that is where the strength of Rahman lies. He is probably the only music director in India with songs that has so much repetitive value. You listen them more, you like them more and you get addicted. You get hooked to it. 

But many times he did not get the recognition he deserved. A man who started his career with Roja (his 2nd movie) created songs like Dil Hai Chhota SaThe sounds that he created in early days in his career were simply ahead of the time. He still makes it a point to thrill his listeners with a new musical instrument. Initially, the mass took some time to accept it. The critic were as usual sceptical and his competitors simply written him off saying this boy is just trying his luck. Yes, that boy who was only 26 when he gave us Rojais surely lucky enough to bag the Oscars for the best original score at the 81st Academy Awards. He is surely lucky enough that the best of the film makers like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Asutosh Gowarikar, Mani Ratnam only & only use his services whenever they think about music. He surely is lucky enough that many times his music becomes a better success than the movie itself (ex: Yuvvraaj, learn Subhashjii). And he surely is lucky enough to be the only Indian composer to work in the most international projects so far. 

No, neither he was nor he is lucky. He earned it for himself, in that process for India. He deserved it. Many composers have come & vanished after him (Aadesh, Ismail). Many biggies were no longer getting work (Jatin, Lalit, the great Anu Malik or Nadeem-Shravan). And today when the taste of the youth has changed a lot from hearing the monotonous heavy voice of Kumar Sanu and stereotype tracks, Rahman is one guy who is still going stronger and better than before. For he is one who always believed in two things: innovation & experimentation. Now he again faces competition just like his early years, but from a new gen composers, primly 3 of them: Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar & Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. But he has his style unchanged and still the most sought after musician.

In one of his interviews when a Tamil reporter asked him why does not he speak in Tamil, his mother tongue! He said "I do not even speak in Hindi or for that matter Urdu, I would like to take India to the world. So I speak one language, that is music. I am not a Tamil or a Muslim. I am an Indian." So it is no wonder that he recreated our national anthem with utmost dignity. He sang for Tamil Nadu, he sang for Delhi, he sang for Mumbai, he sang for Taj Mahal.

He, Rahman, always sang for India...

4 comments:

souvagya said...

Allah Rakkha Rahman better known as A R Rahman created history by winning 2 awards in Oscar. It's a great feeling as an Indian because this type of success comes in pieces for us. Today while entering office Subu conveyed me this message and my joy has no limits at that point. I passed on this message each & every person, whether I know him or not. Rahman hats up to you...you made us proud.

Many time we do have arguments about Oscar & its nominations. Jai Ho or O Saya are not Rahman's best, he has given far more melodious compositions in other movies. But this time he is getting recognition because of Slumdog and it's international reach. I am not questioning his success but I would like to say what he is now achieving he would have won this many years before. Comparing Rahman with other current music directors is unnecessary. Ehsaan-Shankar-Loy are only threat to Rahman but they have to prove themselves again & again.

Subu your last para about Rahman's interview is really touchy. We all are Indians first; this should be the main Mantra for us. Again by showing our love & admiration & support for Rahman we would like to show world (especially fundamentalist & so called Jehadis) religion hardly matter to us. We love each person who will bring glory for our country.

Long live Rahman...Keep us rocking for many many years to come.

Sanat said...

I always like his music as it simply different...I don't know the type of his music but in my words it is always very soothing.

I hope this is just the beginning for Mr. Rahman...
And a fitting tribute to him on this special occasion Mr. Mishra.

Subhajit said...

@ Souvagya: Thank you for such a elaborate comment. Your comment completes this post.

@ Sanat: Thanx man.

Lincey said...

Jai Ho Rahman....

Inspiring Post Mr. Mishra