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A.R. Rahman's biography 'A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music' penned by renowned writer Nasreen Munni Kabir is launching this April by none other other than ace film maker Maniratnam..And this time its official
'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. Nasreen Munni Kabir has recorded this journey, over the last three years. This book also has a CD with A.R. Rahman's compositions for free distribution with the first edition,' Says Ajay Mago of Om Books International.
"Just finished the book launch. it was a beautiful new experience and I must thank Nasreen Munni for patiently putting it together.Sometimes she had to wait hours before i would get into the conversation zone due to my musical commitments but she never made me feel intimidated during the whole process..She also never made me feel guilty to have made her wait..:)" - says, AR Rahman
A real treat for all Rahmaniacs out here :)
AR Rahman tweets : Under The Umbrella...ala..ala..ala..
In the proceess of launching the book, something historic happened..
For the past two years, I wanted to give a token of appreciation to all the people involved in the making of my music for twenty blessed years ! It never happened due to my constant travel and the rollercoaster ride of my life last year so I quickly got out the mementos that I'd gotten made and thought of simplifying the process.
The idea was to honour the directors who came up with the concept of songs and mentoring the entire music making process with me and the lyricists who wrote those lyrics that changed peoples lives (in good ways :)) and also the musicians, singers and sound engineers.
The complication was that all these artists belonged to different states of India like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra etc and Countries like England, The Czech Republic, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, America, Canada etc
So I decided to do it in phases and the first honours took place in Mumbai with some legendary directors like Mani Ratnam, Subhash Ghai, Govind Nihlani, Ram Gopal Varma, Ashutosh Gowariker and the younger lot like Imtiaz Ali, Bharatbala & Anthony. The others got stuck with their pre-commitments and I will catch up with them shortly.
Have a look at this picture from the felicitation...all of us loved each other at this moment and nothing could have stopped it:)