Bollywood composer, singer and song-writer, AR Rahman, who is fondly called as ‘Mozart of Madras’, turns 48 on 6th January 2015. A winner of two Oscars and four National Film Awards and a dozen of Filmfare Awards, AR Rahman is a breed apart.
Right from ethereal tunes of ‘Roja’ to hard rock symphonies of ‘Rockstar’, AR Rahman is celebrated for interpolating Indian classical and Western influences in his silken melodies. Rahman’s influences include Carnatic music, Hindustani music, Western classical and Qawwali style with symphonic orchestral themes varied harmonized musical arrangements. Here’s whishing a very happy birthday to our very own AR Rahman!
Dil Hai Choti Sa
The music of ‘Roja’ was much ahead of its times. In ‘Roja’, AR Rahman created some unique melodies which won critical and commercial acclaim.
Kehna Hi Kya
Mani Ratnam’s ‘Bombay’ had some amazing tracks and ‘Kehna Hi Kya’ was one of them. The song had some great Indian melodies woven around groovy bass lines.
Oozing with oomph in ‘Rangeela’, Urmila Matondkar raised temperatures by shaking her booty to ‘Rangeela Re’.
A foot-tapping number from ‘Dil Se’, the song had Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora grooving on the top of a train. It was an overnight chartbuster.
Taal Se Taal
‘Taal’ had the background score of epic promotions, where each song of AR Rahman’s touched the core of heart.
Piya Haji Ali
This was a spiritual number sung in Qawwali style by AR Rahman for ‘Fiza’.
Sunta Hai Mera Khuda
‘Sunta Hai Mera Khuda’ from ‘Pukar’ had lovely haunting melodies.
Kisliya Radha Jale
‘Lagaan’ was greatly influenced by Indian and Classical music. ‘Kisliya Radha Jale’ had a brilliant folky touch where Aamir serenaded Gracy Singh.
‘Saathiya’ was anthemic for all those who fell in love.
‘Tere Bina’ was a romantic number filmed on Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in ‘Guru’.
‘Guzarish’ was one of the beautiful compositions by AR Rahman for Aamir Khan starrer ‘Ghajini’.
‘Jai Ho’ from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ took the world by storm and finished at the top of Oscars that year.
Khwaja Mere Khwaja
‘Khwaja Mere Khwaja’ from ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ was another deeply spiritual Qawaali by AR Rahman.
Kabhi Kabhi Aditi
Imran Khan starrer ‘Kabhi Kabhi Aditi’ from ‘Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na’ had a youthful cadence that touched deep in the heat.
‘Masakli’ was a light, bright and sparkling number from ‘Delhi 6’.
‘Ranjha Ranjha’ from ‘Raavan’ was another romantic composition by Mozart of Madras.
‘Sadda Haq’ was a true blue rock song from Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri starrer ‘Rockstar’.