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Superman is back!

Catch him at the nearest Silver Screen from today!


Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday to the most innovative indian musician of yester-year!

Rahul Dev Burman

In Love…

 Tere Dil mein meri saanson ko panah mil jaaye …

 Tere Ishq mein meri Jaan Fanaa Ho jaaye…

Ishwar Allah

English Version 

My Lord, O God

My lord, O God why in Thy world
Is there hate and killing?

Whilst Thou are so large hearted

Why is the human heart so petty?  

Why are there borders at every step?
If the whole earth belongs to Thee
If the earth moves around the sun
Why is there such darkness?
Why is the garment of this world
Stained by the blood of man?
 Screams echo all around
Who will listen to words of love?
Dreams shatter every moment
Who will gather the splinters?
Why are there locks on every heart?
Why is there rust on every lock?

 My lord, O God why in Thy world
Is there hate and killing?
Whilst Thou are so large-hearted
Why is the human heart so petty?

The Urdu Version is here

Ishwar Allah Ishwar allah tere jahaan men
Nafrat kyun hai jang hai kyun
Tera dil to itna bada hai
Insaan ka dil tang hai kyun

Qadam qadam par sarhad kyun hai
Saari zameen jo teri hai
Suraj ke phere karti hai
Phir kyun itni andheri hai
Is duniya ke daaman par
Insaan ke lahu ka rang hai kyun

Gunj rahi hain kitni chikhen
Pyaar ki baaten kaun sune
Tut rahe hain kitne sapne
Inke tukre kaun chune
Dil ke darwaazon par taale
Taalon par ye zang hai kyun

Ishwar allah tere jahaan men
Nafrat kyun hai jang hai kyun
Tera dil to itna bada hai
Insaan ka dil tang hai kyun

Lyrics ( English & Urdu) : Javed Akhtar

Composed by A R Rahman

Image Courtesy Ramesh Gandhi

Rahman Interview

This is probably one of the best interviews by Rahman.

Check this out. You will discover the person in him apart from a brilliant composer that he is.

A part from the interview…

What would you be doing if you were not composing music?

Rahman: I would have been a car chauffeur probably!

Go ahead and read it here

Chaiyya Chaiyya

Hope we all remember this song which ruled the chart in the year 1998. Its from Dil Se.. composed by Rahman.  The song is so popular that it has its own entry in wikipedia. Click here to read that.

Also it is re-used by Rahman in Bombay Dreams which made the people in England & US dance to it. Now director Spike Lee has used the track in his movie Inside Man.

Penned down by Gulzar and sung by Sukhwinder and Sapna Awasti this song was a major hit in India, now its moving towards the west.

 Now thats what Rahman is …

Best Rahman Albums

Though I like each and every song composed by Rahman, but some of his albums are very close to my heart. He changed the way how songs are composed in the Indian Film industry. I am a lover of his compositions, because every song has something new… a new sound. And not to forget the diversity in his songs.. Look at a song like Piya Haji Ali…. which is more of a Islam devotional track.. also look at O Paalanharewhich is a pure hindu devotional song. Also take the example of the recent Ek Onkarfrom Rang De Basanti which is a punjabi devotional track. He has done a wonderful job in all the three songs.

 If you dont know much about Rahman, a simple googling can help you. Also you can read this article.

I will be listing my fav. albums by Rahman in my upcoming blogs. The first one is here.

1. Roja


This album is also ranked in TOP 10 Movie Soundtracks of all time by TIme Magazine.

This is what TIME magazine had to say about the album. 

"Roja:Though he is renowned as the preeminent composer of modern Bollywood, A.R. Rahman was born and still works in Madras, 1,000 miles south of Bombay. His Tamil compatriot, the writer-director Mani Ratnam, yanked him out of jingle-writing to compose his first full score for Roja (The Rose) the tale of a woman whose lover is kidnapped by terrorists. Through this grim political parable, Rahman laced some spectacular melodies that not only serve the drama, they create their own[EM]as in the duet ballads "Yeh Haseen Vadiyan" and "Roja Jaaneman," which first are grounded in recitative, then suddenly ascend into celestial melody. This astonishing debut work parades Rahman's gift for alchemizing outside influences until they are totally Tamil, totally Rahman. He plays with reggae and jungle rhythms, fiddles with Broadway-style orchestrations, runs cool variations on Morricone's scores for Italian westerns. "

This composition fetched Rahman a National Award by the Govt. of India. This was the movie Rahman debuted with.

Roja changed my perception of how film music should be.

If still have not listened to Roja. Beg, Borrow, steal … get your copy today.

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On the beach : Thats me on the Virgin Beach, Cannanore, Kerala. Clicked by my friend Jatin.



"Music has no destination. It's endless. Music is the thing that unites people. There's so much of hatred in the world, that I'm just blessed to be a musician." - A R Rahman

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