Rahman to commemorate 25 years in music with a tour


MUMBAI: AR Rahman has big plans for celebrating his 25 years in music. Thats right folks, it’s been 25 years since the maestro got on everyone’s radar with his work in Mani Ratnam’s Roja. Feel old yet?
To commemorate his silver jubilee, the two-time oscar winner is planning a multi-city tour titled AR Rahman ENCORE – The Concert.
According to Indian Express, the tour will travel to Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Delhi and will have many talented musicians from across the country joining the legend on his celebration.
Says AR Rahman about his 25 years in music, “It has been an incredible journey over these last 25 years. Sometimes when I ponder I get goose bumps because the Almighty has been kind in giving me happiness that has only multiplied year after year. I’ve been immensely blessed to have the love and support of my fans, friends and family.”
“From husband to father to composer to mentor, I have embraced different roles but the music has always been constant. Music for me serves as the spiritual bond between the audience and myself. I am excited to be performing at home after such a long gap,” he adds.
AR Rahman ENCORE – The Concert will take place from November 26 to December 23.
Rahman recently said in an interview that much of the success he has had is because of his religious beliefs. Rahman was born into a Hindu family. However, in his 20s, he converted to Islam and adopted Sufism as the philosophy of life.
“Islam is an ocean, you know, it has different sects. More than 70. So I follow the Sufi kind of philosophy which is about love,” Rahman said. “I am what I am because of the philosophy I’m following, my family is following. And of course, many things are happening, and I feel it’s mostly political.” The 50-year-old soft-spoken artist has a long list of accolades, including two Oscars, two Grammys and a Golden Globe. The ever-so-humble Mozart of Madras has over 160 film soundtracks to his name, including the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and high-grossing films like Lagaan and Taal.
Nevertheless, Rahman says he has a lot more to achieve and hopes his music would keep bringing people together.
“If you take an orchestra, you have the underprivileged and the privileged, playing together. We have different races playing together. We have different religions playing together. But one sound comes out,” he said. “You work towards one harmony.”