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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Mozart of Madras on CNN Talk Asia

I managed to watch A R Rahman on CNN Talk Asia this afternoon (via). Since the talk show host Lorraine Hahn is based in Hong Kong, I guess this interview would have been recorded when Rahman visited HK for his concert in Feb. The media-shy Rahman talks about LOTR, Bombay Dreams, his Bollywood and Kollywood career in this 30-minute interview. The show is being aired at the following timings:

Airtimes: Indian Standard Times
Saturday, March 18 at 0930am, 2000hrs and 2230hrs
Sunday, March 19 at 0600am, 1700hrs and 2030hrs
Monday, March 20 at 0900am

ARR mentioned that people with Muslim names generally tend to change names just to gain more acceptance (atleast initially) in the film industry (I guess he was referring to Kollywood). People had suggested to Rahman that he should also follow the same path and adopt a different name (eventhough Rahman was a new name he had chosen after embracing Islam).

Educated in both the eastern and western music disciplines, Rahman sees the two schools complementing each other. To nurture the next generation of musicians: “My biggest dream now is to start a classical conservatory in India, or Chennai. I think the discipline of classical music is very important – and then we can ring in the eastern elements into it”.

ARR doesn’t give that many interviews. He lets his work do all the talking. After seeing the interview, you would agree that ARR continues to be as humble as ever and international recognition has not brought about any change in his attitude. For those who are unable to catch it this weekend, I’m sure ARR enthusiasts will record it and upload it on Google Videos / YouTube.


  • Yeah.. ARR is GAWD only..:-).. Somehow i think the quality of his film music has come down.. i.e. his dedication towards movies and film music has reduced.. Though he's really powerful and has loads of knowledge, he has jus lost enthu for composing for films I think.. esp the BGMs and re-recording.. RDB left a lot to be desired.. He couldve done a much much better job with the background scores during the music.. Some of the music seemed really really inappropriate to the scene.. Anyone else had the same opinion??.. Some places i ended up laughing instead of crying!!!.. I thnk he has the habit of leaving re-recording to some of his assistans...

    By Blogger Ajit, at 9:04 PM  

  • HI,
    THanks for the info! Your post was just on time, and i rushed to watch the show!

    He appeared shy on camera, and the artificial laughs by the host made things worse. He preffered to call it Hindi Film industry than bollywood..and was bombarded with more qns on islam and world peace than on music!

    By Blogger Chennai chatter, at 11:13 PM  

  • Yes, he does come across as a very humble person. I will be eagerly waiting for video to be posted somewhere.

    I have moved my blog Chennaispot to my own site (www.sln.in/chennaispot). Can you update your blogroll.


    By Blogger SLN, at 11:41 PM  

  • I missed the show. Please let us know when you come across any You Tube or Google Video link of this program. Thanks.

    By Blogger Jo, at 5:49 PM  

  • Missed it as usual.. If you come across the vidoe, pl. let me know...

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 10:14 AM  

  • Saw the interview...
    As humble as ever...

    Old article, but a nice read,

    By Blogger Neodawn, at 3:37 PM  

  • The video link is available in the following message...

    By Blogger Neodawn, at 12:43 PM  

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