Happy Birthday AR Rahman: 25 songs by Mozart of Madras over 25 years that touched hearts
Happy Birthday AR Rahman: The composer who has created music for all moods has helped many a broken heart!regional movies Updated: Jan 06, 2018 08:27 IST
‘Music that feeds the soul’ is a phrase that befits Oscar award-winning musician, AR Rahman. He began his career in 1992 with Mani Ratnam’s Roja and has since composed beautiful melodies that have become a huge part of our lives. Be it rain or sun, newfound love or heartbreak, birth or death - the man has composed music for every occasion. Listening to him perform live has been one of the best musical experiences of my life. Rahman has completed 25 years in the industry, and on his 51st birthday, here’s a look at my favourite Rahman music from 1992 to 2017.
I don’t exactly remember when my love affair with Rahman’s music began. All I know is that it only took me once to fall in love with “Pudhu Vellai Mazhai” in Roja. It was initially just a great song, but with time and experience, the beauty of marriage between great lyrics and compositions came through. And so, this song will forever remain a favourite on my playlist.
There are many songs composed by AR Rahman that are not just evergreen but are ever-changing. That’s another thing about Rahman’s music. It is not just the melody that moves you, but also the lyrics. “Pachai Nirame” from Alaipayuthey is one such song. The song draws a poetic portrait of the woman that the singer is in love with.
AR Rahman has also almost always nailed the mood of a given song. There is this popular phrase, ‘Ilaiyaraaja by day, Rahman by night’ is also the fans’ way of paying homage to the two great composers. The perfect song for one to listen to at night as you sit down with a hot cup of coffee is Delhi 6’s “Rehna Tu”, probably followed by “Tu Bole Main Boloon” from Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na.
Music transcends language and that’s how Rahman fans started to enjoy his songs in any language. The composer has worked in multiple languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has also worked on multiple albums, but “One Love”, which was released when the new seven wonders of the world were chosen, happens to be my favourite.
Here’s my personal AR Rahman playlist that has been the best of remedies!
1992: Roja - Pudhu Vellai Mazhai
1993: Thiruda Thiruda - Raasathi
1994: Karuthamma - Poraale Ponnuthayi
1995: Rangeela -Tanha Tanha Yahan Pe Jeena (Hindi)
1996: Kadhal Desam - Thendrale
1997: Minsara Kanavu - Thanga Thamarai
1998: Dil Se - Dil Se Re (Hindi)
1999: Kadhalar Dhinam - Roja Roja
2000: Alaipayuthey - Pachai Nirame
2001: Lagaan - Ghanan Ghanan (Hindi)
2002: Kannathil Muthamittal - Vidai Kodu Engal Naadae / Signore Signore
2003: Boys - Dating
2004: Swades - Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera (Hindi)
2005: Anbe Aaruyire - Mayiliragae
2006: Rang De Basanti: Luka Chuppi (Hindi) /Sillunu Oru Kadhal - Avalukena Ambasamuthira
2007: Guru - Barso Re (Hindi)
2008: Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na - Tu Bole Main Boloon (Hindi)
2009: Delhi 6 - Rehna Tu
2010: Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa - Aaromale
2011: Rockstar - Jo Bhi Main / Nadaan Parinde
2012: Kadal - Elay Keechaan
2013: Maryaan - Naetru Aval
2014: Highway - Patakha Guddi (Male Version) (Hindi)
2015: O Kadhal Kanmani - Naane Varugirenm, Tamasha - Safarnama (Hindi)
2016: Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada - Thalli Pogathey
2017: Kaatru Veliyidai - Nallai Allai