A. R. Rahman: Waving the music wand
The Golden Globe award has given his music global recognition
Allah Rakha Rahman has put India on the global entertainment map. He has just won the Golden
Globe in the best original score category for 'Slumdog Millionaire'. The Golden Globe has for the
first time come to India and is the second most prestigious award in filmdom after the Oscars.
The award clearly establishes that Rahman, 42, has been accepted globally. The musician, who began
playing instruments when he was as young as four, has been contributing to his brand of music to
listeners and audiences abroad. He has done musicals for Broadway productions including 'Bombay Dreams' and 'Lord of the Rings', has composed music for Nokia and scored hit singles
like 'Pray For Me', 'Brother for the UN' and 'One Love', a tribute to the Taj Mahal.
Rahman has experimented not just with his music, but also the manner in which it should be
heard. He's known as a hard task master who, if rumours are to be believed, once drove
singer Sonu Nigam to tears during the recording of a song for the Hindi film, Dil Se.
Rahman (born AS Dileep Kumar in Chennai) started composing for South Indian films at a
young age after his father died. His school days also saw him part of a rock band called
'Roots'. From there, he began to compose music independently and was initially criticised for
creating and mixing sounds on his computer through different music software. That others
followed to make music through software is a different matter altogether.
His new effort, KM Music Conservatory, a school which promises to unearth new talent in
the field of music, has been a success story already.
For someone who didn't have any formal education in music it has been a journey of