After spending time with A.R. Rahman during the MTV Unplugged Season 2 recording sessions, we got to know a lot about him that was otherwise hard to imagine in the years of listening to his music and his ascent to stardom.
Rahman is by no means just a star because “star” is not a word apt for a man with a nature as humble as his; not just his child like nature but a certain quality that he beholds that makes the shutterbugs stop clicking just so that they can enjoy those few seconds of being in awe.
To expect an almost chilling silence from a musician of his caliber, who has been responsible for changing the face of Indian music, when left alone in his dressing room was rather surprising; we thought he would be humming tunes, contemplating his melodies aloud, but we were terribly mistaken. The musical genius, sat in silence; to the few of us who saw him, the orchestrations of Maa Tujhe Salaam, Chale Chalo, Dil Se and his various other contributions came to mind.
Incidentally, Ar-Rahman is the name given to the 55th sura of the Quran and often referred to as the beauty of the religious text; to describe this section of the Quran, Prophet Muhammad said, “Everything has an adornment, and the adornment of the Quran is sura Ar-Rahman.” In the case of A.R. Rahman the artist we can easily say, “Everything has an adornment, and the adornment of Indian music is A.R. Rahman.” After all, the man has held almost every award that there is, even won two Oscars and two Grammys.
You can relive that entire experience with us, by tuning into MTV at 8pm on the 3rd of November; where he will perform an acoustic gig, taking us through the songs that have helped him ascertain his position as the Mozart of Madras. Songs like, Ye Jo Des, from the film Swades; Rehna Tu, a composition from the film Delhi 6; Phir Se Udd Chala, from Rockstar; Dil Se, the title song of the Mani Ratnam’s film of the same name; and many more songs that we shall maintain as a surprise for now.
Because we’re in a great mood, here’s the exclusive preview of A.R Rahman kicking it up a notch with Yeh Jo Des from Swades, just for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex_ESrCD-Uc