A R Rahman turns 48
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Today January 6, the maverick composer A R Rahman, the repository of raga renown, turns 48.
Interestingly, Rahman's son shares his father's birth date. A few years ago on his birthday Rahman had revealed, "My son and I share the same birthday. ...I don't know how that happened."
Rahman said he relived his childhood through his son Ameen. "So far I've just been busy living life. From my childhood I was surrounded by grownups, I never got a chance to enjoy being a child. It took me a while to realize how young I was. By the time I realized I was missing out on youthful activities I was no longer young. Now I'm re-living my childhood with three children. If I'm able to give them everything that I couldn't afford they too are giving me back something vital."
And what sense has he made of his life? "My life has always been a journey. When I was in my 20s, I went through the most turbulent and hectic time of my life. Now I spend as much time as possible with my children Khatija, Rahima and Ameen. My studio in Chennai is bang opposite my house, so they spend a lot of time with me. All they've to do is cross the road and they're with me."
When I had asked what lessons Rahman had learnt from his life the reticent genius pondered then said, "In my life, I've always found dreams do come true, though often they true come long after you've forgotten them. Just preserve your dream at the bottom of your heart and wait for it to fructify. For years I nurtured a dream of giving Western classical music legitimacy in our country, to cultivate the dedication and discipline of orchestral music in our youngsters who at the moment feel western-classical is too distant and esoteric for them. My ultimate dream was to create an orchestra that would be capable of performing the world's best musical pieces and thereby building a cultural bridge across western and Indian music. We finally launched our music conservatory."