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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Day Dedicated to Observing Great A R Rahman

It was a day dedicated to observing the great A R Rahman sahab. Without demanding any attention, he commands such unbridled respect that it makes you stare at him in silence. He, along with Oscar winning Sound Recordist Resul Pookutty launched the music of 'Nanak Shah Fakir' at Gurudwara Rakaabganj in Delhi.

Rahman is the music mentor of the original background score of 'Nanak Shah Fakir'. He feels that this film has been mounted on the same scale as 'Laurence of Arabia'. In fact it was Resul who took the film to A R. Resul had seen 40 minutes footage of the film and became associated with it selflessly. He hasn't charged any money for it. Rather he has spent money from his own pocket for getting the best technical output. He is the Co Producer of the film. Uttam Singh ji has composed the songs. Pandit Jasraj ji, Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher, Bhupendra and other giant singers are associated with this project. Nirmal Singh ji, the Padam Shri winning Gurbaani singer has sung all the Shabads. He has also been closely associated with the germination of this project.

'Jai Ho', a documentary on A R Rahman by Umesh Agarwal was screened for the very first time in India at Delhi's India Habitat Centre today evening. It is a fascinating account of Rahman's artistic journey. Danny Boyle, Shekhar Kapoor, Gulzar sahab etc have richly contributed to making this documentary very special. He answered questions from the audience post the screening. Questions from Delhi's intelligentsia are far more insightful than what you generally get in Mumbai. Rahman remained cool and calm and collected and handled a few googly questions with a lot of patience. I did an interview with him after the documentary session. As usual he spoke less but whatever he spoke, it flowed from the heart. It was a day well spent. And yes the Delhi weather is wonderful. Loving it!

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