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Rahman’s school to honour its ‘one-man orchestra’

india Updated: Feb 25, 2009 00:37 IST
MR Venkatesh

Music composer A.R. Rahman’s alma mater is gearing up to confer a special honour on their ‘Oscar-boy’.

“We are proud of his achievement and would like to honour him,” Founder-Dean and Director of PSBB Senior Secondary School Y.G. Parthasarathy said on Tuesday.

“Rahman was our one-man orchestra; he used to play on his keyboard for all school functions,” she added.

Last year when Rahman visited Parthasarathy, he impress-ed her with his “philosophical outlook to life”. “During our conversation, he said that if you point an accusing finger at others, three fingers point back towards you while the thumb points towards God. ‘So in difficult times I look inwards’ he had told me.”

The current principal, Valli Arunachalam, who had taught Rahman English and Science in Class 7, said: “His passion was for music.” Recalling Rahman as the “shy and obedient boy who always sat on the first row”, she said those were hard days for his family. Rahman used to attend school in the morning and sing jingles at night. He dropped out of school after Class 9 due to financial constraints.