A.R. Rahman, the man who needs no introduction anywhere in the world, turns 49 today. He is no short of being a God-like figure to musicians and music enthusiasts, and that is definitely not an exaggeration. His list of achievements is never-ending on which the Grammy and the Academy Awards he won for Slumdog Millionaire occupy the most majestic stature.
Ever since he made his breakthrough in the global arena with work in the likes of Roja and Bombay, Rahman has completed a marvelous journey of more than 20 years, during which he has given some of the most miraculous melodies ever composed. Being an extremely prolific composer, it is only natural that some of his creations end up garnering lesser recognition and outreach than they actually deserve.
So here is our effort to not let any piece of the Maestro’s genius go unnoticed!
Malargale Malargale – Love Birds
This gem of a composition has been sung by Chitra and Hariharan in the Tamil film Love Birds, starring Prabhu Deva and Nagma. The track is available in Hindi as well under the title ‘Milgaye Milgaye’, recorded with the same voices.
Khoon Chala – Rang de Basanti
As intense as the song may be, it got sidelined with the presence of the likes of ‘Rang de Basanti’ the title track, and ‘Lukka Chhuppi’, on the album. The voice of Mohit Chauhan leaves a haunting impression on you, succumbing you listen to it over and over again.
Dheemi Dheemi – 1947 Earth
Deepa Mehta’s saga based on Partition stirred the audiences a great deal. The music of the film was an additional treat to those who understand the dexterity of this genre. Lending his serene voice in yet another Rahman track, Hariharan creates pure magic.
Noor-un-Allah – Meenaxi
The audiences missed out on this remarkable qawwali as the film was banned, on the grounds of having been made by M.F. Husain. Listen to the track below and tell me if this isn’t the best qawwali you have heard in over a decade!
Dil Gira Dafatan – Delhi-6
Although the movie failed diabolically, the music attracted a lot of admirers. However, one song that did not receive its fair share of attention was Dil Gira Dafatan, alluringly sung by the U.K. based singer – Ash King.
Ghoomparani – Bose: The Forgotten Hero
Rahman’s take on the iconic Bengali lullaby is spell-bounding. Sapna Mukherjee and Satyanarayan Mishra’s voices in this composition are probably the sweetest sounds you might have ever heard.
Dekho Na – Swades
One of the best performances of Shahrukh Khan failed to lure the audiences the way movies like ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Dilwale’ did. However, that’s not the only thing they failed to witness. The album of the movie is positively one of the most extraordinary works of Rahman. Dekho Na is a soft, mesmerizing composition that, just as the film itself, failed to get acknowledged.
I am Alive – Provoked
The song missed the limelight, in the midst of all the hype around the subject of the British drama and Aishwarya Rai’s casting in it.
Khili Chandani – Indira
Hariharan complements Rahman’s panache exceptionally in yet another song. Listen to the song and I know you won’t disagree even a bit.
Ek Mohabbat – Taj Anthem
With this, Rahman delivers a fitting tribute to the regal Taj Mahal for its ‘Wonders of the Modern World’ campaign. Isn’t this the perfect way to symphonize the most romantic monument in the world?
I am sure that after listening to these songs your Rahman playlist is going to get even longer. His music never ceases to leave us awe-struck and therefore, I suggest, we should never stop exploring it!
Here’s wishing a very happy birthday, and an even more productive life ahead to the man of the day – A.R. Rahman.