A.R. Rahman Hits High Note With Biography


A.R. Rahman’s first officially endorsed conversational biography A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music will released by Om Books International on April 6th, 2011. The book provides fascinating insight into the Mozart of Madras. The book’s author is renowned film historian Nasreen Munni Kabir who has created over 80 documentaries on Indian cinema for Channel 4 TV, U.K.

A two-time winner of the Academy Awards (Oscars), the BAFTA and the Grammys, Rahman is known for redefining and modernizing contemporary Indian music. In fact Time Magazine has described Rahman as “the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer.”

Rahman began his career by composing commercials for cinema and television until his big break in Ratnam’s 1991 film Roja. His brand of musical genius captured the attention of Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer of Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and many other noted musical stage productions. Webber invited to compose the music for the stage production of Bombay Dreams, and the musician’s star just kept rising.

Rahman became a household name for western audiences when his song Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire topped charts around the world. The film’s soundtrack sold over 150 million copies worldwide, although many music critics note this wasn’t the artist’s finest work.

A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music explores both Rahman’s private life and his music. It features photographs from personal archives as well as a free music album, composed by the subject himself.

Ajay Mago, the publisher of the Om Books International said in a statement, “It is indeed a rare honour to publish this book. A.R. Rahman’s journey, like that of most great artists, is one that moves and inspires.”

The biography has already struck a chord with many of Rahman’s fans and partners. Renowned Bollywood Director Mani Ratnam is set to help launch Rahman’s biography. Considering musician’s impact on Bollywood and Hollywood, it seems a fitting tribute.

Author: NitaNaidoo

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