Quotes by: A. R. Rahman

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A. R. Rahman
Rahman Performing Live at the NH7 Weekender 2015 (Bangalore)
Background information
Native name அ. ர. ரகுமான்
Birth name A. S. Dileep Kumar
Also known as
A. R. Rahman A. R. R. Allah Rakha Rahman Isai Puyal Mozart of Madras
Born (1967-01-06) 6 January 1967 (age 50)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)
Singer songwriter composer record producer music director arranger conductor
Years active 1987–present
Website arrahman.com
Musical career
Genres
Film scores electronic dance classical
Instruments
Vocals guitar percussion drums harpejji continuum fingerboard keyboard piano accordion goblet drum concert harp
Labels
K. M. Music Conservatory Columbia Records Sony Classical
Associated acts
Nemesis Avenue SuperHeavy will.i.am Dido Ana Beatriz Barros Roots

The institution of marriage works better when there's a spiritual connection. If you're marrying just for the sake of the woman, then you may lose interest in each other very soon. When we marry in the interest of the Holy Spirit with the intention of serving God and humanity, then it gives a much larger perspective.
A. R. Rahman
Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places.
A. R. Rahman
I don't want to expose my personal life. It's best that people know me for my work. My family doesn't want to be surrounded by cameras. We want to live like any other family.
A. R. Rahman
I feel blessed and humbled that people have loved my music. Nothing would be possible without their acceptance.
A. R. Rahman
The more I compose, the more I know that I don't know it all. I think it's a good way to start. If you think you know it all, the work becomes a repetition of what you've already done. I try to make sure that I don't repeat my music.
A. R. Rahman
I like to see a film and then start scoring it in my mind while doing something unrelated. You just grasp a film and start working, and something unpredictable comes out from a third element. The mind, the more active it is, the more productive it is.
A. R. Rahman
For me, there is no day or night for music. I often work through the night - without phone calls disturbing me.
A. R. Rahman
I want young Indian composers to be able to do more than just film music. I want to give them the skills that will enable them to create their own palette of sounds instead of having to write formulaic music. It doesn't matter if they become sound engineers, producers, composers or performers - I want them to be as imaginative as they like.
A. R. Rahman
I'm continuing to learn more about music - it's an ocean, and you can never really say that you know everything. I'm grateful that I'm still living and making music among the greats.
A. R. Rahman
When I travel with my kids abroad, I am not myself, but I'm more a father who wants to protect them. Sometimes, I am even aggressive about certain things and get surprised seeing myself like that: for instance, when people want to take pictures of them. I am fine if they want to take my pictures, but they are not public property.
A. R. Rahman
It's true that I love to connect with my fans on the social networking sites, but I try not to go overboard, ever. I just give people a peek into my mind space, but never bombard them with my tweets.
A. R. Rahman
I was a common man, and I will always remain a common man. No amount of stardom will ever consume my soul. Money comes, money goes. Fame comes, fame goes. I believe every human being is a celebrity in their own right.
A. R. Rahman
I think I can get away, sometimes, with walking in the streets and not getting noticed. I like that. I want my work to get noticed, not me. And it's slowly getting there, which is good.
A. R. Rahman
It's like driving your car. If you drive too fast on the highway, you will topple, so you better maintain your speed. Life is similar to that, and that's the way you have to control your head.
A. R. Rahman
My kids miss me when I'm away, but I don't mind living out of a suitcase. The U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Iraq... it's such a thrill meeting people of different cultures, learning about and from them. It's changed my perception about life, humanity and spirituality.
A. R. Rahman
My music is mostly for the music. And it gives the liberty to do anything which I want. And nobody limits me to one genre of music. But I learn from life and I try to give back to life, in a way, whether it's the thought of the song or whether it's the approach to the arrangement or anything.
A. R. Rahman
Some things are very low profile, but if they excite me creatively, I accept them. Sometimes there are high-profile projects, and you have to do it. We all have human limitations. It is a painful decision to turn things down. Even accepting 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a decision that I had to sacrifice another project.
A. R. Rahman
I'm a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create a good vibration because art is so important to society. Some projects I don't do because I feel that it's going to create a bad vibe. I don't do propaganda films that are anti another religion, anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu.
A. R. Rahman
Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging. But certain things are common. And we do learn things from each other's experience. On a spiritual journey, we all have the same destination.
A. R. Rahman
I am a friend when I need to be a friend, a father when I need to be a father, a musician when music calls. I switch roles accordingly.
A. R. Rahman
When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects in the output.
A. R. Rahman
I follow a simple formula when I compose. I ask myself, 'What would the audience want to hear?' and 'Why would they buy my CDs?' And the process of answering these questions through music follows. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it backfires.
A. R. Rahman
While my mother wanted me to be a musician, I wanted to become an electronic engineer.
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