AR Rahman grateful to his well-wishers

In a new book titled Reflections, Rahman looks back at his journey.

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AR Rahman has been bestowed The Mozart of Madras title. PHOTO: FILE

CHENNAI: AR Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter and music producer. Described as the “world’s most prominent and prolific film composer” by Time, he has also been given the title, The Mozart of Madras.

In a new coffee table book titled Reflections, the double Oscar winner looks back at countless memorable moments he has spent with those who have worked with him through the years.  The book is a tribute by Rahman to singers who have influenced his music. It is also a heartwarming tribute by the singers to the composer.

“He is the special man who shared with them his unique and compassionate style of working and who helped them tap into and discover musical potential which sometimes they did not even know they possessed,” professional  photographer T Selvakumar, the author of the book, said in a statement.

Published by Audio Media Inc, Reflections will be on sale starting from July. The proceeds from the book will go in to support the charitable work of AR Foundation. Touched by the book, Rahman said: “Twenty years after my first film, I am pausing to reflect on the people who have contributed so richly to my music. I am happy that these wonderful individuals have been so beautifully photographed by Selva.”

“Through arduous long nights and day-long rehearsals and recordings, my half-sleepy and tired, unassuming and self-effacing musicians and colleagues stood tall by me, sharing and celebrating my success,” he added. Rahman has scored for music for a string of Bollywood, southern and international films. He made a mark globally with the soundtrack of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, which won him two Academy Awards.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2013.

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