A.R. Rahman Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 A.R. Rahman Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

A.R. Rahman Sayings: I listen to everything. As I told you, sometimes I just want to shut off I listen to everything. As I told you, sometimes I just want to shut off from music and be silent. Then I play a song and it's refreshing. It's almost like initializing yourself. Recently I was in South Africa doing a press day for my tour. I listened to this band called "Freshly Ground." They were doing a live gig there so that's the last thing I've heard.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects in the output.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: No regrets. There is no time for that. Regret is boring. No regrets. There is no time for that. Regret is boring.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: Your best success comes after your greatest disapponitment Your best success comes after your greatest disapponitment
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: That was a very different emotion and I felt Dido's words would be good and That was a very different emotion and I felt Dido's words would be good and I had a template with my voice in it. Then, when he heard it, he wanted both our voices together in it and that's the scene when he sees the boy and then he gets charged to go on that final cutting effort.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: It's like driving your car. If you drive too fast on the highway, you will It's like driving your car. If you drive too fast on the highway, you will topple, so you better maintain your speed. Life is similar to that, and that's the way you have to control your head.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: There were basically three themes. One was the sun theme which is the guitar when There were basically three themes. One was the sun theme which is the guitar when he'd get sun on his leg and it comes again in the end. And there's of course the lullaby which Dido sang, "If I Rise." And then there's this driving guitar which is the motivation theme.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: You can't be without passion. Passion means the possessiveness to be the best. You can't be without passion. Passion means the possessiveness to be the best.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: Music knows no barrier of age or culture. It isn't about being politically correct or Music knows no barrier of age or culture. It isn't about being politically correct or even making a statement. Music is what appeals to the ears and touches your soul.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I compose music for films, and by the grace of God, I've got a few I compose music for films, and by the grace of God, I've got a few awards. That's it.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I basically love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the I basically love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the whole culture of that, whether it's Indian or it's Western.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: The search is more important than the destination The search is more important than the destination
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: A good film demands its own score, and if you are a musician, your conscience A good film demands its own score, and if you are a musician, your conscience will never allow you to do something mediocre for a good film.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I like to see a film and then start scoring it in my mind while I like to see a film and then start scoring it in my mind while doing something unrelated. You just grasp a film and start working, and something unpredictable comes out from a third element. The mind, the more active it is, the more productive it is.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: Music is language itself. It should not have any barriers of caste, creed, language or Music is language itself. It should not have any barriers of caste, creed, language or anything. Music is one, only cultures are different. Music is the language of languages. It is the ultimate mother of languages.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I divide criticism into two categories - one coming from those who understand music, who I divide criticism into two categories - one coming from those who understand music, who are worthy of being critical because they are knowledgeable about what they are saying; and then there is another category of people who would criticise you anyway, whether your work is good or bad.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: The best way would be education and kids and all that stuff and then education The best way would be education and kids and all that stuff and then education and working education comes through. Then I started a music school and the music school now teaches kids to play the violin and the viola.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I think music, in my opinion, is not about motivation in the way it's - I think music, in my opinion, is not about motivation in the way it's - it's not a running base. It's art. And my whole philosophy of music is different. It's almost like cooking and serving to people, seeing them smile and enjoying the food, really.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I'm listening to more modern composers I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I'm listening to more modern composers who I can't even name. But since I'm constantly doing music, it's difficult to have that quality time to listen to music and do classical stuff.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: How we approached this was I wanted this to be personal in a way. It's How we approached this was I wanted this to be personal in a way. It's not a big, epic Hollywood score but really personal and intimate, and we thought guitar would be the perfect instrument for him because he's young and he has an undying spirit and all that stuff and we went on that feeling totally.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I like music that is able to stir my soul. My music is a spiritual I like music that is able to stir my soul. My music is a spiritual exercise
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I'm a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create I'm a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create a good vibration because art is so important to society. Some projects I don't do because I feel that it's going to create a bad vibe. I don't do propaganda films that are anti another religion, anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I'm continuing to learn more about music - it's an ocean, and you can never I'm continuing to learn more about music - it's an ocean, and you can never really say that you know everything. I'm grateful that I'm still living and making music among the greats.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I believe that whatever comes at a particular time is a blessing from God. I believe that whatever comes at a particular time is a blessing from God.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I want to go beyond the restrictions of language, religion and caste, and music is I want to go beyond the restrictions of language, religion and caste, and music is the only thing that allows me to do that.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I love great lyrics, and I love the way it could shape a tune into I love great lyrics, and I love the way it could shape a tune into a very unpredictable one, and I also like taking a great melody and putting lyrics into it.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I joined the Madras Christian College but dropped out after three months. Telugu music director I joined the Madras Christian College but dropped out after three months. Telugu music director Ramesh Naidu asked me to assist him, and I did so for over a year. I did think of rejoining college, but by then, I was discovering the musician in me. I worked with Illaya Raja and Raj Koti and soon shifted to commercials. This led to movie offers.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: The more you know the less you talk. The more you know the less you talk.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I don't even know where mine [Oscar award] is. My mother has hidden it because I don't even know where mine [Oscar award] is. My mother has hidden it because everybody who comes in wants to take a photograph of it. So what she's done is she put it inside a suitcase somewhere.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: When I travel with my kids abroad, I am not myself, but I'm more a When I travel with my kids abroad, I am not myself, but I'm more a father who wants to protect them. Sometimes, I am even aggressive about certain things and get surprised seeing myself like that: for instance, when people want to take pictures of them. I am fine if they want to take my pictures, but they are not public property.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I've never watched Trainspotting. I just know it's a very critically acclaimed film. In fact, I've never watched Trainspotting. I just know it's a very critically acclaimed film. In fact, I've never watched any of Danny's movies [means before he met him]. I just worked with him and felt the energy of what he is about initially before I do something. In a way, I think that's why we have discovered each other rather than replicate something else.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: Compared with other Indian film composers, I only write about six movies a year. Others Compared with other Indian film composers, I only write about six movies a year. Others write up to 60.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: While other creators make a big show of their art Mani Sir makes it look While other creators make a big show of their art Mani Sir makes it look as though anyone can do what he does.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: When I initially read the script, it goes inside and comes out different things even When I initially read the script, it goes inside and comes out different things even without commenting on any stuff. And then, those pieces are taken out and then spread out through the movie.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: Because when you work with a different team, the expectations are different and then you Because when you work with a different team, the expectations are different and then you deliver in a very different way. You look back at it and you're proud of yourself. And when the same people come in and you do the same thing, it's boring. You could re-envision it again and again but when the new chemistry of ideas comes in, something happens as a team.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I think I can get away, sometimes, with walking in the streets and not getting I think I can get away, sometimes, with walking in the streets and not getting noticed. I like that. I want my work to get noticed, not me. And it's slowly getting there, which is good.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I am the kind of person who does not like to carry baggage. In fact, I am the kind of person who does not like to carry baggage. In fact, I don't go back and listen to my own music. I believe in closing chapters and moving forward. That's what gives me peace.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: In my opinion, everybody has the same soul from God and we are united by In my opinion, everybody has the same soul from God and we are united by that. Outside, our bodies are different, our faces are different, but inside we are all the same, we share the same feelings of sadness, love, pain My music comes out of these feelings. Whether it is Japanese music, African, Qawalli, or any other form of music, if it touches your heart it becomes important for me.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I usually work on a film soundtrack for two years, turning in a song every I usually work on a film soundtrack for two years, turning in a song every few months, and that keeps my creative energy high, because I'm constantly rotating projects. The trick is to make sure I don't work too hard and get exhausted.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: I have too many responsibilities and principles. There's no time for 'guilty' pleasures. I have too many responsibilities and principles. There's no time for 'guilty' pleasures.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: A musician is a professional, whether he or she is successful or not. The profession A musician is a professional, whether he or she is successful or not. The profession itself must be regarded as a stable job.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: That's the sound design. I watched it sixty times because we were constantly tweaking. The That's the sound design. I watched it sixty times because we were constantly tweaking. The same thing comes twice, right? Once it comes in the beginning when he's about to discover that he needs to come out and one is the dream where he's flattered (??) and then he comes out. The last one, instead of going bigger, we made it smaller. We removed elements and thinned it out. So it doesn't drive him. He drives the music rather than the other way around.
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A.R. Rahman Sayings: My biggest dream to connect people through music has come true. In a world where My biggest dream to connect people through music has come true. In a world where there are enough reasons to separate us, the Oscars have unified us.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Sometimes, a remix is good because it reaches a whole new generation. But when it Sometimes, a remix is good because it reaches a whole new generation. But when it gets too much, it's irritating. Also, the original composer needs to be credited properly.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: If music wakes you up, makes you think, heals you ... then, I guess the If music wakes you up, makes you think, heals you ... then, I guess the music is working.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Rather than making money I believe in making people happy, all other things are secondary. Rather than making money I believe in making people happy, all other things are secondary. Money isn't important, creative satisfaction is
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I am a friend when I need to be a friend, a father when I I am a friend when I need to be a friend, a father when I need to be a father, a musician when music calls. I switch roles accordingly.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: The more dollars the studio producers put in, the less freedom we have. If the The more dollars the studio producers put in, the less freedom we have. If the budget hits $100m, they get scared - they'll take the existing score of a successful movie and expect composers to copy it, like wallpaper. The biggest challenge for any composer in Hollywood is to be as creative as possible within those boundaries.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: So long as you do it truthfully, music is not to be judged. So long as you do it truthfully, music is not to be judged.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Sometimes I intentionally cut it off. I just want to be in silence, especially when Sometimes I intentionally cut it off. I just want to be in silence, especially when I'm traveling. I watch movies without sound.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I was famous from the age of 13, and after a while you become immune I was famous from the age of 13, and after a while you become immune to it - in a good way. You look at positives and what you can do with it.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: It's a very simple process. He [Danny Boyl] comes in the tube (subway) and then It's a very simple process. He [Danny Boyl] comes in the tube (subway) and then he sits with me for 3 hours every evening and then I work on something. Then later, if he likes something, I put it even more perfectly. I tweak stuff. So this happened for 3 or 4 weeks and the music was done.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I wanted to be part of something bigger I wanted to be part of something bigger
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging. But certain things are common. And we do learn things from each other's experience. On a spiritual journey, we all have the same destination.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Shekhar's comedies. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin! These artists are so blessed: they can make other people happy.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Since I worked with Danny Boyle before on Slumdog Millionaire, we have great success and Since I worked with Danny Boyle before on Slumdog Millionaire, we have great success and everything. So, when I first got the script and the screenplay of Simon (Beaufoy) and I was reading it, even before the shoot, some kind of sounds came into my mind and I put some stuff [down] and sent it to Danny when he was cutting the movie.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work. If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: The music had to be rooted, and yet had to branch out,like the wild imagination The music had to be rooted, and yet had to branch out,like the wild imagination of a child.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Music is something that takes you to a world which is very different from the Music is something that takes you to a world which is very different from the world of hatred,jealousy, and all those negative emotions
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Some things are very low profile, but if they excite me creatively, I accept them. Some things are very low profile, but if they excite me creatively, I accept them. Sometimes there are high-profile projects, and you have to do it. We all have human limitations. It is a painful decision to turn things down. Even accepting 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a decision that I had to sacrifice another project.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: My mother insisted that I pursue music. I rented out my father's musical equipment and My mother insisted that I pursue music. I rented out my father's musical equipment and earned some money. As a child, I wasn't sure about a career goal, but I was always fascinated by electronic gadgets, specially musical equipment.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: All my life I have had a choice of hate and love. I chose love All my life I have had a choice of hate and love. I chose love and I am here
A.R. Rahman Sayings: If there is no criticism, you become lazy. But it should be constructive, and it If there is no criticism, you become lazy. But it should be constructive, and it should be the truth. If it's biased and there's no truth in it, then I don't care about it. If it's true, it helps me grow.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I want young Indian composers to be able to do more than just film music. I want young Indian composers to be able to do more than just film music. I want to give them the skills that will enable them to create their own palette of sounds instead of having to write formulaic music. It doesn't matter if they become sound engineers, producers, composers or performers - I want them to be as imaginative as they like.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Be original and find your inner voice. The rest will follow. Be original and find your inner voice. The rest will follow.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: My list would be Russia, Morocco, Turkey, and South Africa I'm doing which is somewhere My list would be Russia, Morocco, Turkey, and South Africa I'm doing which is somewhere I've wanted to go, Australia, Japan maybe, and China, if I have the energy to go and play at all those places.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: It's true that I love to connect with my fans on the social networking sites, It's true that I love to connect with my fans on the social networking sites, but I try not to go overboard, ever. I just give people a peek into my mind space, but never bombard them with my tweets.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the purpose of life has to be redefined. For me, I think that purpose is to build bridges. Artists can do that very easily, more than politicians.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: My first experience of that was with my first movie which I did in India. My first experience of that was with my first movie which I did in India. And it was so different from other people. I find that "Oh my God." Every time the music is slow I feel that people are going to get up and go out. You get this nervousness. But, to my surprise, people starting singing the song even before it came in. They started singing along a week later, after release, which was very cool.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: My music is mostly for the music. And it gives the liberty to do anything My music is mostly for the music. And it gives the liberty to do anything which I want. And nobody limits me to one genre of music. But I learn from life and I try to give back to life, in a way, whether it's the thought of the song or whether it's the approach to the arrangement or anything.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I am a big admirer of Sachin and his personality. He is a source of I am a big admirer of Sachin and his personality. He is a source of inspiration for the country and just looking at his photographs gives a lot of positive vibes.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I feel blessed and humbled that people have loved my music. Nothing would be possible I feel blessed and humbled that people have loved my music. Nothing would be possible without their acceptance.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: The demand in India is to have a hit, which becomes a promotion for the The demand in India is to have a hit, which becomes a promotion for the movie and makes people come to the theater. You have five songs and different promotions based on those. But when I do Western films, the need for originality is greater. Then I become very conscious about the writing.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I follow a simple formula when I compose. I ask myself, 'What would the audience I follow a simple formula when I compose. I ask myself, 'What would the audience want to hear?' and 'Why would they buy my CDs?' And the process of answering these questions through music follows. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it backfires.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I was a common man, and I will always remain a common man. No amount I was a common man, and I will always remain a common man. No amount of stardom will ever consume my soul. Money comes, money goes. Fame comes, fame goes. I believe every human being is a celebrity in their own right.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: The institution of marriage works better when there's a spiritual connection. If you're marrying just The institution of marriage works better when there's a spiritual connection. If you're marrying just for the sake of the woman, then you may lose interest in each other very soon. When we marry in the interest of the Holy Spirit with the intention of serving God and humanity, then it gives a much larger perspective.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Beautiful film music can be made relevant to any period. Beautiful film music can be made relevant to any period.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: In my case dust has become Gold In my case dust has become Gold
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I went to London to do the stuff. I was like "What am I going I went to London to do the stuff. I was like "What am I going to do? What's going to happen?" But then once you start working, you forget all that and you start enjoying what you're doing. Once you enjoy the process, you know that people are going to do the same thing. If you don't enjoy it and just do it like a job, then it's going to be feel that way. That's my theory of doing a movie.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: What is good is what it's going to lead to, like the song "Jai Ho." What is good is what it's going to lead to, like the song "Jai Ho." If good numbers are going to come in the future, it bodes well for a lot of things. But then, who's going to maintain that. That's the question. So far they could never lead to an Indian song, like a normal film song in this that they can relate to.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I don't want to expose my personal life. It's best that people know me for I don't want to expose my personal life. It's best that people know me for my work. My family doesn't want to be surrounded by cameras. We want to live like any other family.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It's like a Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It's like a beggar sitting waiting for God to fill your bowl with the right thought. In every song, I ask help from Him. Everybody around is so good, so to create music that will connect with so many people is not humanly possible without inspiration.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Music is all about transporting people; speaking a language which languages fail to express. Music is all about transporting people; speaking a language which languages fail to express.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: There is only one of the two that can reside in our hearts, GOD or There is only one of the two that can reside in our hearts, GOD or ego. If GOD is in ego is out.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Dear Mr. and Mrs. Obama, Thank you for sending me Christmas and New Year greetings Dear Mr. and Mrs. Obama, Thank you for sending me Christmas and New Year greetings yet again. Welcome back to India ... Would have loved to host you at my concert in Baroda on the 26th!
A.R. Rahman Sayings: My mother's belief in spiritual healers grew stronger after our family went through a rough My mother's belief in spiritual healers grew stronger after our family went through a rough patch following my father's death. Sufi saint Karimullah Shah Kadri changed our lives, and all of us converted to Sufism. But it wasn't an instantaneous decision - it took us 10 years to convert. The change in religion was like washing away the past.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: The more I compose, the more I know that I don't know it all. I The more I compose, the more I know that I don't know it all. I think it's a good way to start. If you think you know it all, the work becomes a repetition of what you've already done. I try to make sure that I don't repeat my music.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: That's a sound design thing but then we wanted to do music that would not That's a sound design thing but then we wanted to do music that would not disturb it and at the same time drive it.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I think I would like to discover a new root where people don't get bored I think I would like to discover a new root where people don't get bored with people singing boring lines but something exciting. That'd be interesting.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: People Expect Something New From Me All The Time.And That's Good It Keeps Me On People Expect Something New From Me All The Time.And That's Good It Keeps Me On The Edge
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Bollywood music is definitely a big part of Indian music and can be a great Bollywood music is definitely a big part of Indian music and can be a great way to introduce people to the sound. But I hope to continue to incorporate other types of Indian music into my work.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: For me, there is no day or night for music. I often work through the For me, there is no day or night for music. I often work through the night - without phone calls disturbing me.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I've been doing music for many years and after a point what is the motivation I've been doing music for many years and after a point what is the motivation that drives you to compose and to do stuff? I did this song for the U.N., a fighting for poverty anthem. That's when I realized that I could do a foundation. And when I started the foundation, it was basically to fight poverty and to help - that kind of stuff.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I love the voice - it's the most perfect instrument ever heard. It's God given. I love the voice - it's the most perfect instrument ever heard. It's God given.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: I played a couple of ideas and then had this unusual texture underneath which was I played a couple of ideas and then had this unusual texture underneath which was like this little granulated kind of pipe organ almost like a scratchy record which he started [inaudible] brilliantly. "Oh I love that song." And when things go fine, it's good. So he started loving that song and that song was used quite a lot in the movie which is very granulated stuff on the guitar.
A.R. Rahman Sayings: Music is the only passion I shamelessly indulge in. However, for recreation I enjoy watching Music is the only passion I shamelessly indulge in. However, for recreation I enjoy watching movies. 'Wizard of Oz' was the first film I ever saw, followed by the 'Bond' movies. I also watch a lot of World cinema through DVDs mostly brought by one of my best friends who's now based in Toronto.