Normally right after freshening up in the morning,Ravs switches on the TV and heads to the news channel.And I head to the kitchen to make tea(yes,yes I can be a dutiful wife too).
But today both of us were wonderstruck at what was being flashed on practically all the Indian news channels.And fleetingly on BBC and CNN too.I was just a wee bit short of giving an expression that Sushmita Sen gave when she was adjudged Miss Universe!
This was truly a moment of pride to me as an Indian,more precisely a south Indian.Yes,A R Rehman had been honoured with a Golden Globe for his original score in Slumdog Millionaire.Much deservedly so.
I saw the movie a couple of weeks back.And I loved it.Unfortunately I couldnt see the movie in full.I was constantly interrupted by my daughter who at that point in time suddenly realised her love for her Amma was at its peak and she had to have her Amma beside her hugging &kissing her,playing with her,running around her,talking to her.And if she sensed Amma was not budging,she went and spilled her milk or juice,scattered all her toys,not just in her room but the entire house,scribbled endlessly on the walls or simply doing shushu or poopi right there on the floor!Ultimately Amma had to get up and attend to her.
Coming back to AR Rehman,I’ve always been an ardent admirer of his music.Right from his Roja days to date.The more he got adept at his work of art with songs like ‘Kaadal Rojaave’from Roja or ‘Kannalane’ from Bombay or ‘Anjali Anjali’ from Duet or ‘Radha kaise na Jale’ from Lagaan or ‘Shakalaka Baby’ from Bombay Dreams or more recently ‘Khalabali’ from Rang De Basanti or ‘Pappu cant Dance Saala’ from Jaane tu Ya Jaane Na or the award winning ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire,the humbler he became.
Even now when he won the coveted award,AR Rehman,a man of few words and so full of music,very courteously thanked all his musicians from Chennai.This gesture proves that as much as he is a musician par excellence,he is a wonderful human being.And I am honoured to have born in the same country as he.
Heartiest Congratulations to you,Mr A R Rehman!May you soar even greater heights in all your future endeavours.