Tracing the Evolution of the Timeless A. R. Rahman

One of the most celebrated musicians in the country who has literally taken India to the West completes a glorious 25 years in the industry in 2017. A. R. Rahman’s music is divine, to say the least. From Roja in 1992 to Mom in 2017, the maestro has given audiences a magical blend of music across genres not confined to Indian classical. Heavily influenced by symphonic orchestral themes and integration of Indian music with world rhythms, Rahman has artistically carved a special place for himself. And here is a curated playlist for all you Rahman fans only on BookMyShow Jukebox. Do not forget to click here to enjoy the virtuoso’s mesmerizing musical evolution.

Recently in New York at the IIFA Awards, Rahman delivered a 2-hour concert in celebration of his silver jubilee in the industry. Coincidentally, Rahman also celebrates his 50th birthday this year and this calls for a bigger celebration. Throughout these 25 years, Rahman has always experimented mix matching genres to come up with soulful harmony each time.

Here is a brief on his evolutionary journey since the initial days of Roja.

The Musical Storm of the 1990s

AR.  Rahman’s debut music left everyone speechless and till today there has been no replacement to Roja’s mystic charm. The impressive percussion and soothing instrumental have become a sort of yardstick for other musicians today. Similarly, the later years saw the genius giving us memorable compositions in the form of BombayRangeelaDil Se and Taal. While Bombay made it to ‘The Guardian’s 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die’, Dil Se, with its Sufi inspired and poetry laden laments, continues to surprise music lovers even today. Rangeela marked his transformation from composing orchestral music to blending classical sound with electro/techno beats. 

Music That Became a Medium for Teleporting Audiences

By 2000, Rahman had already become a sensation and his later projects saw him producing situational music which captured the essence of the film’s core idea. PukarZubeidaaLagaanSwadesRang De Basanti; pick anyone and you are bound to be transported to the film’s immediate setting. Rahman has this rare quality of combining all technical as well as cultural aspects while composing music for a subject based film.  Rang De Basanti’s album leading to heightened emotions with a mix of Punjabi folk as well as techno beats in Khalbali is considered to be one of the legend’s finest pieces.

A Superior Synthesis of Music and Technology

Rahman’s love for technology is not hidden and the man is known to have made use of sophisticated technology to create the unconventional, offbeat interludes in his compositions. Some of his latest works in GuruDelhi 6Rockstar and Ranjhanaa boast of using some of the most advanced and sophisticated technology. Rahman’s Panchathan Record is no doubt one of Asia’s most advanced recording studio. Delhi 6 deserves a special mention here for it’s a true masterpiece.

True Experimentation

Mom being Rahman’s latest project is rich in quality and yet highly unconventional. The music gets over you as you listen to it on repeat and that is the magic Rahman weaves every time. From staccato beats and fusion to psychedelic music, Rahman covers it all in Mom’s soundtrack.

International Projects

Rahman’s popularity beyond India is known to all especially after he became the Academy Award winner for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. Later, the two again came together for 127 Hours which won Rahman the Golden Globe Award. For Andrew Webber’s Bombay Dreams, Rahman composed the music in 2002 and two years later was working on the Lord of the Rings musical. The Mozart of Madras was also a part of the fusion group SuperHeavy founded by Mick Jagger which created music comprising overlapping styles from reggae to Indian music.

We must have missed out on the legend’s several milestones considering the enormous talent this person has channelized in the last 25 years. Let us know in the comments below. We wish the musical genius continues to give us many more memorable masterworks in the years to come. 

Also, the ticket sales for Rahman's Encore the Concert with MTV is live now. Click here to book your tickets.

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