AR Rahman: The Oscar-winning Virtuoso
Guided by a deeply spiritual philosophy, while displaying undeterred passion for music– AR Rahman has altered the musical landscape of India, writes Sharad Dutt.
Contemporary film music owes its moorings to the advent of the talkies in 1931, corresponding which, it grew by leaps and bounds. While the influence of Rabindra Sangeet and Marathi Natya Sangeet dominated the 30s, the best of North Indian folk enriched the film music in the 40s. The following decade was an amazing blend of classical, folk and western influence. The 60s made the youngsters ecstatic with pop and jazz, as melody was outdone by rhythm. Some composers stuck to classical and ghazal. But by and large, it was the swinging 60s. The trend of Hindi cinema changed tremendously in the 70s, as sex and violence took over with music becoming secondary. The trend continued even in the 80s and music was at an all-time low, barring a few exceptions. The 1990s showed little hope with the return of musicals as the power of music was amply reflected in Qyamat Se Qyamat Tak.