We all remember and still listen to A.R Rahman's first solo album "Vande Mataram", which released in 1997. After that, he got busy contributing background scores for the various film industries in the country.
By the New Year, it would have been 16 years since he composed a solo album. However, soon we will be able to enjoy more tracks like “Maa Tujhe Salaam” because finally he has decided to venture back on the journey of creating his own work without having to cater to plot specific music.
We doubt that his muse was on vacation; it couldn’t be a creative block that kept him away from creating his solo work. After all, in his tenure as a musician for the film industry he has contributed greatly in lifting the standard of music to its former glory. Like he says, “Film music is changing…music is expanding, the sensibilities are expanding.” As for the new artists; he wishes that they would stop considering Bollywood “cheap” because once they lend their music to the industry, only then will it evolve.
After lending an ear to songs from films such as Roja, Dil Se...,Taal, Rang De Basanti, Guru and Rockstar, one can clearly see how he has always been evolving. Further, his secret to success has to be his openness to experimentation. Compare the soulful melody of Dil Se… to the disconcerted notes that make up the tracks of Rockstar; there is a world of difference between the approaches, which would not be possible if “the sensibilities” had not expanded.
Besides, when A.R. Rahman does make his next album; unlike the first one that was declared the largest selling Indian non-film album; probably, after his success at the Oscars there would be an even wider appeal for the new one.