Rahman and I won the Oscars almost a year ago. Then the Padma Shri happened and all the other prestigious Indian awards followed.
But we somehow knew that this is not the end, though we went back to our jobs and continued with our life. And then, today, the Grammy awards happened and it came like a shock wave to me. It’s still not over!
Honestly, the Oscars are the ultimate awards for actors. It is the Grammys that hold more meaning to musicians.
Now that Rahman’s got the Grammy awards, it feels that suddenly the entire world’s attention is on “us”.
Our Indian music has always been open to all kind of experimentation and you can see that in the music of our movies. And now, when the world wants a piece of us, we only keep getting better and better. New musicians and bands are coming forward, and that’s a very positive sign for our industry. It is truly our time and we must make most of what we can.
‘Jai Ho’ is a song that has been celebrated all over the world. I was in China recently and I heard a restaurant playing the song and people out there grooving to it. Those people don’t even understand the song but it’s the absolute beauty of it that carries people along.
Rahman Sir creates music like beautiful art pieces. It’s hard not to love his compositions.
‘Jai Ho’ and Slumdog… have done for him globally exactly what Roja did for him in India years ago. In fact, it was through the beautiful melodies of Roja that I first got to know of him.
I’ve been a fan ever since. I’ve admired his soulful numbers through the years, especially the songs of Dil Se, Taal and Jodhaa Akbar.
Indians have always loved Rahman Sir, but because of the awards, they are also full of immense respect for him. They have started looking up to him.
But I know him well. He is not one of those men who gets carried away, despite the love of a billion people. He will continue to come up with even more magical songs. It’s an honour to be associated with AR Rahman. He is a man who has merged all borders and has made music that cuts across the souls of the entire world.
The entire country, today, is as proud of him as I am.
(As told to Himani Sanghvi)