AR Rahman talikng about his home Chennai - Photos added

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Photographer : Selva Kumar

“There is so much innocence in the eyes of people here (Chennai), However, things do come to Chennai 20 years later, but nevertheless there is growth and evolution.”

The area I lived in was a slum near Valluvar Kottam where I grew up. I used to go to Padma Seshadri School from a rented house in this area. The warmth and love I received from these people is touching. I always hold them dear to me. Despite rapid advancement in the area, some of the people there are just the same and I love this about them.
Museum is one of the luxuries the city has. The art collections and showcases are brilliant and truly inspiring.

My home and studio are special to me. It’s the place where all the ‘music’ happened. Some of my best songs were composed here. Lots of special memories! Above all, my family lives here. After all, after my hectic travel and composing schedules, when I come back home, I am rest assured. It is my ‘paradise on earth’.

I love the yummy tiffin at Saravana Bhavan at Ashok Pillar. An array of freshly made treats from the joint are something I never miss. Whenever I am free, especially on a Sunday morning, I take all the kids and saunter into Saravana Bhavan with my family. I also enjoy Chinese food and once in a while drop in at Golden Dragon for an oriental meal.

I visit the Shrine of a Sufi saint in Nemili Village in Sriperumbudur, whenever I get the time. There is a beautiful beach also abutting the shrine. If I am in a good mood, I take in the azure blue waters and the silver sands with my children

Article courtesy : Deccan Chronicle, Photo courtesy : Selva Kumar