AR Rahman’s music changed the sound of Bollywood music, and traditionalists at times talked about his way of using western music in Hindi songs.
Dealing with criticism is a part of any artist’s journey and that is no exception even in the life of Grammy and Oscar winning Indian musician AR Rahman. The Mozart of Madras says building on constructive criticism has been one of the important parts of his musical journey and that has helped him to improve and sustain over the years.
On his success story, Rahman said, “I take criticism positively, because, at the end of the day, it is a creative process where you always can improve on your next composition or next show.”
Having started his journey in the film industry with Roja in 1992, he established his signature of fusing various musical elements in his compositions which include classical and contemporary to very earthy sounds of nature. His music changed the sound of Bollywood music, and traditionalists at times talked about his way of using western music in Hindi songs.
In fact, in 2010, there were two Indian musicians nominated for the Grammy awards — Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire and legendary sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan for Best Traditional World Music Album category for Ancient Sounds.
In an earlier interview, while asked about his opinion on Rahman’s music, Khan had said, “You see, Rahman has a great knowledge of western classical music. But in coming 10 years, it will show, if his music will remain as popular as of S.D. Burman, Naushad saab, Madan Mohan and so on. Time will tell.”
Several years have gone by and Rahman has bagged the Grammy, Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards among others, and has continued to mesmerise generations of music lovers with his music.