AR Rahman turns 48, musicians pay tribute

On the 48th birthday of Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman Tuesday, singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Kavita Krishnamurthy have hailed the talent of the Mozart of Madras, who has given Hindi cinema some lilting melodies and memorable numbers throughout his career. Here’s what they have to say of the musician, who won two Oscar awards for his work in international film Slumdog
Lata Mangeshkar: A.R. Rahman is very talented. I’ve sung very few songs for him. I love Jiya jale, Khamoshiyan gun-guna lagi, O paalan haare and Luka chuppi. Rahman and I came together for the first time for the evergreen Jiya jale in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se... Then we collaborated for a prayer-song Ek tu hi bharosa in Pukar. It was a very special song.

Prasoon Joshi: Artistes and human beings like Rahman are rare. All my work with Rahman is very special to me. Much as I enjoyed writing fun songs like Masti ki paathshala and Masakalli, I cherish exploring the spiritual side of my creativity in the songs Arziyaan and Zariya. May god bless him with some of the happiness that he has given us through his music.

Ayushmann Khurrana: A.R. Rahman is a living legend. He has always been ahead of our times. His melodies have a phenomenal range. They’re always filled with surprises. He carries in himself the sure signs of a master composer. My favourite movie soundtracks of A.R. Rahman are Delhi-6, Rangeela and Rockstar. I wish him a Happy Birthday.

Kavita Krishnamurthy: He’s a very talented and innovative music director. And a joy to work with. My favourite Rahman song is my Tu hi re in Bombay.
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