AR Rahman shares that his mother sold her jewellery for his first recorder; says, ‘In that one moment I changed’

With such a remarkable journey behind him, Rahman continues to push boundaries
In frame: AR Rahman
In frame: AR Rahman

Music maestro AR Rahman, fresh off the success of his score for Imtiaz Ali’s Amar Singh Chamkila, recently embarked on a nostalgic journey during a conversation with the director, singer Mohit Chauhan, and lyricist Irshad Kamil for Netflix. Rahman’s candid conversation shed light on his early days, his struggles and the unwavering passion that propelled him to become a musical legend.

In frame: AR Rahman
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Recalling his childhood, Rahman confessed, “I had a lot of questions. I didn’t go to college so I felt like I was missing out on something. When I was 12, I was vibing with people in their 40s and 50s. My boredom led me to listen to many other things, to explore what was there on the other side. That side was spectacular for me. There was so much out there.”

The conversation then delved into the financial challenges Rahman faced in setting up his studio. He revealed a heartwarming story of his mother’s sacrifice, stating, “When I built my studio, I didn’t have money to buy an amplifier or equalizer. There was just an AC with a shelf and carpet. I used to be sitting there not having money to buy anything. I built this and was sitting inside with no equipment. My first recorder came after my mom gave her jewels to be pledged. That is when I felt empowered. I could see my future, that one moment I changed.”

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With such a remarkable journey behind him, AR Rahman continues to push boundaries. His upcoming projects include Raayan, Thug Life and Lahore 1947, all eagerly awaited by fans worldwide. Rahman’s story is an inspiration to aspiring musicians everywhere, demonstrating that passion, perseverance, and maternal love can overcome any obstacle.

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