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RAHMAN: I DON'T CREATE, BUT POLISH SINGERS
RAHMAN: I DON'T CREATE, BUT POLISH SINGERS

By Kaydee - Eye TV India Bureau

Tete-a-Tete

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A. R. Rahman has provided music in the recently released Ketan Mehta's 'The Rising-Mangal Pandey' starring Aamir Khan. While some have admired Rahman's music in this movie, there are others who feel otherwise. They say that it doesn't meet Rahman's established standard. The latter remember A. R. Rahman's charming music in movies like 'Rangeela' and 'Taal'. We met him recently in New Delhi and talked about his experiences in today's music world.

Excerpts of his tete-e-tete:

What's your experience about giving music in period films?

We need to study the social and cultural environment prevailing during a particular period in such films. However, one has to be very careful while giving music in period films.


What about providing general music?

There is no need for any research in general films.

How come your music is always fresh?

I try to make sure that I don't repeat my music. The audience doesn't like old and expects to listen to new music every time. So, I make experiments in music.


Why did you stop singing?

I take time and cannot sing instantaneously. I need riyaz (practice) for it. However, I am a singer first. I don't like singing in a hurry though.

Who do you like in our music industry?

They are all talented singers. Udit Narain, Sukhvinder Singh, Sonu Nigam and Shaan can be counted among them.

Would you agree that you have created many singers?

I don't create singers. I try to polish them though.

What's the difference between composing music for yourself and for other directors?

When I compose music for myself, I do it according to my perception. In case of providing to other directors, I try to comply to their taste.

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