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Saluting Rahman: Musicians pay tribute to Rahman on his 48th birthday


Lata Mangeshkar: “A R Rahman bahot talented insaan hain. I’ve sung very few songs for him. I love ‘Jiya Jale‘ in Dil Se, ‘Khamoshiyan Gun-Guna Lagi‘ (1 2 Ka 4), ‘O Paalan Hare‘ (Lagaan) and ‘Luka Chuppi‘ (Rang De Basanti). A R Rahman and I came together for the first time for the evergreen ‘Jiya Jale‘ in Mani Rathnam’s Dil Se. Then we collaborated for a prayer-song ‘Ek Tu Hi Bharosa‘ in Boney Kapoor/Raj Santoshi’s Pukar. It was a very special song. Because I sang it on screen myself. But I must admit ‘Jiya Jale‘ was a very special song too. It became such a rage. And I’m asked to sing that song at every concert that I go to.”


She reminisces about the pleasure of singing for Rahman. “I think he was a little intimidated by me when we did ‘Jiya Jale‘ in Chennai. But he allowed me to do it my own way. And when I started humming an impromptu alaap at the end of the tune, he told me to just go on. He recorded that as well. Subsequently, I recorded other songs with Rahman including ‘O Paalan Hare‘ in Lagaan and ‘Door Kahin Ek Aam Ki Baghiya‘ in Zubeida. My duet ‘Luka Chuppi‘ with Rahman for Rakeysh Mehra’s Rang De Basanti became so popular. It’s rare nowadays to get a good song like ‘Luka Chuppi‘.”


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 ‘Masakali‘ I cherish exploring the spiritual side of my creativity in the songs ‘Arziyaan‘ and ‘Zariya‘ (the latter for Coke Studio). 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 Dilli 6, Rangeela and Rockstar. I wish the most revered music director of our times a happy birthday.”


Kavita Krishnamoorthy: “He’s a very talented and innovative music director. And a joy to work with. My favourite Rahman song is my own ‘Tu Hi Re‘ in Bombay.”

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