Saturday, April 09, 2011

Rahman's biography launched

The story of music maestro A R Rahman's life the official version was out this week, released at one of those functions where celebrities cluster like moths about a particularly bright lamp.

It was Mani Ratnam, director and long-time friend of Rahman, who officially launched the book, A R Rahman The Spirit of Music, a the Novotel Hotel in Juhu, Mumbai. The book was the result of a series of conversations with documentary filmmaker and writer Nasreen Munni Kabir.

Before getting around to actually launching the book, Ratnam recalled on how they first met at Rahman's tiny studio. It was about one-fourth the size Ratnam was used to but the melodies he heard were simply beautiful.

But Ratnam says there is more to Rahman than mere music.

'As much a fan I am of his music I am a larger admirer of him as a human being,' Ratnam said of his friend.

The book took four years to come together, during which Nasreen spoke to Rahman some times in person, at others via a video conferencing facility.

Image: Nasreen Munni Kabir, A R Rahman and Mani Ratnam

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