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Rahman: I'm just an Indian not a North or South Indian!

June 16, 2009 11:36:21 AM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Back in the early eightiees, most Hindi film fans had heard of only three male names from the South - actor Kamal Haasan, music director Ilayaraja and singer S.P. Balasubramanium. Of course the ladies scene has always been dominated by actresses from dowm south including the latest dusky beauties Deepika, Genelia and Asin! But come 90s and the name of whiz kid A. R. Rahman was heard all over, and he burst into the Hindi film scene with his superhit dubbed songs for films like Mani Ratman's ROJA and BOMBAY. However, it was Ramgopal Varma's Aamir Khan-Urmila Matondkar starrer RANGEELA that was Rahman's first out and out Hindi film album, and the rest as they say is history.

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The Beethoven of the East, Oscar winner Rahman is now amongst the top league of music directors in the music industry having worked with the likes of Mani Ratnam, Subhash Ghai, Rakeysh Mehra, Ashutosh Gowariker and many more. His albums sell like hot cakes and any offering from the musical genius is a cause of celebration amongst his countless fans.

So, what is it that despite not being very conversant with the Hindi language, his music is such a big hit in the Hindi belt? Well, we posed the question to the master; he had a very profound answer. Rahman said, ''I am an Indian and Hindustani music lies embedded in my heart and soul and this music can be classical, Punjabi, 'sufi', Tamil or any other language.'' He further added, ''I am not a South Indian or North Indian, I am just an Indian.''

Well, great thoughts from the great master craftsman! Here's looking forward to his next album!


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