From being ennobled as the ‘Madras Mozart’ to ‘Oscar Nayagan’, AR Rahman has been loved more for his humanity than his music. The way, he embraces spirituality and brings them into day to day practice happens to be an inspiration to many. With the world renowned music director turning 53, we at Thandora Times bring you some of the excerpts from his biography and interactions, where he revealed some interesting secrets about his personal life.
BRIMMED WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS DURING TEENAGE
AR Rahman in his biography of ‘Spirit of Music’ revealed that during his teenage phase, he had lots of suicidal thoughts due to heavy pressures. However, with the support of his mother and spirituality, he was able to cope up with it.
FIRST ‘SPIRITUAL’ TUNE, LATER CINEMATIC TUNES
There has been a common acclamation about ARR that people love his music irrespective of not knowing the language. The reason is that when he is composing music, especially melodious tracks, he does it in the same way like composing a spiritual music and later uses the same with lyrics. Be it National award winning songs ‘Ennavale’, ‘Vaan’ or ‘Dil Girafthan’ from Dilli-6, they have become an elixir of our spirits every time we hear them.
DEBUTING WITH ‘CHARTBUSTER’ RANGEELA WITHOUT KNOWING HINDI
Do you know? AR Rahman didn’t know Hindi when he composed music for Ram Gopal Varma’s Rangeela.
DOUBLE SHIFT – MORNING 9 AM TO 9 PM. AND 10 PM. TO 3 AM
If you’re someone from IT industry or anywhere complaining that you’re prone to continuous work hours, just look into ARR’s journey. As a teenager giving up all his pleasures of partying, weekend holidays and festival breaks, he would work from 9 am to 9 pm for one music director and immediately rush to another studio by 10 pm and continue to work till 3am.
(P.S. Working on something you’re passionate about. Don’t push yourself too much on what you don’t love).
GOOD NIGHT BY 5 A.M.
If you’re waking up by 5 a.m. and then believe you’re the greatest chap out there, just wait. AR Rahman goes to sleep only 5 a.m. He prefers composing music by night time as there aren’t any disturbances. Since, 5 a.m. is the time for first Namaz, he prefers finishing it and then go to sleep.