Comments on: Is ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ A.R.Rahman’s best score? Bollywood and culture in an emerging India Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:39:46 +0000 hourly 1 By: KreativeShot Fri, 05 Feb 2010 09:32:59 +0000 Sudersan

Shilpa is from North and obviously she has heard ARR’s hindi compositions.She sees him as a pan Indian phenomenon.So time to stop cribbing on bigotry et al.

But I do largely with what you have said.ARR’s regional language compositions have a lot of gems in them which have still not reached the rest of the country at large, kandukondain kandukondain,thiruda thiruda ,indira,why even taxi taxi from sakkarakatti are pretty much better than slumdog…

I guess in the process another music genius and giant called Ilaiyaraja missed out big time.

With Paa and Cheeni Kum earlier he is at least getting a small measure of what he should have…

My take is there are a lot of regional composers other than ARR and Ilaiyaraja(need not necessarily in Tamil) who might have missed out because of the need to be in Bollywood to be recognised.It is time we look at Music beyond languages and not let one rudaali or roja do it for us…

By: suryapratap Fri, 05 Feb 2010 06:46:17 +0000 I am sure even AR himself knows that this is just not even from the stack of innovative music that he had done in the past. For better reasons he has got the recognition for something which is not even average best of AR. My guess is he is going to Rock the Hollywood with his at to be explored STAPLE.

By: Udumalaihero Fri, 05 Feb 2010 02:56:51 +0000 Hi,

The Author may be from north India, so obviously she must have heard only Rahman’s Hindi songs, that’s why she is pointing Hindi songs. It is quite nature. According to me, A.R.Rahman’s best song is “Thamizha Thamizha” from Roja. One request to all authors, Please don’t see only Bollywood films beacause in india we have other good industries like Kollywood (2nd best in India)and Tollywood.

By: sudersanin Thu, 04 Feb 2010 06:02:48 +0000 Its interesting to see the blog writer mention only hindi songs… (biggotic eh?) i guess out of his top 10 compositions i wonder if even one hindi song would get into the list… roja, bombay, boys, thiruda thiruda and kannathil muthamital have been the best of ARR… and now watch out for vinaithaandi varuvaaya

By: bastpt Tue, 02 Feb 2010 15:22:28 +0000 There are so many Tamil films he composed which was not come to Limelight. I just say the world even other parts of India not being lucky to hear those master pieces.


By: sdata Tue, 02 Feb 2010 14:11:01 +0000 a.r.rahman is a good sound technician known for carrying a cd player into his room with lots of western music albums and come out with commercial hits.
He is not a musician. he is a good sound technician.
He knowns how to make the electronic instruments work for him. The worlds majority is below average people, not everyone could enjoy Mozart, Bethovan and Ilayaraja.

By: sdata Tue, 02 Feb 2010 13:57:07 +0000 The truth is there is a man who is the REAL Guru. But the cruel materalistic world were Madonna and other craps make money in the name of Music, ar rahman getting the awards is nothing. He is only Good sound mixer (technician) NOT a musician to be compared with Mozart.
Indian average is living by Khans and Cricketers where such likes are cheaply available. The values only those make money by selling ethics/whatever without shame. This is the same man who made money by signing “Vande aaaaaMatharam”. CRUEL/FOOLISH world.

By: amma Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:10:51 +0000 Certainly not. We have heard so many nice songs from Rahman in Tamil. If we compare our native songs Illayaraja is the best.
It is a shame that the Indian Government is giving the award only after he is recognised by the oscars.

Anyways ARRahman made us proud as a Tamilian and as an Indian. Well Done and Congratulations to ARR.

By: Rituparna Mon, 01 Feb 2010 13:38:34 +0000 Shilpa, at the risk of getting beaten up by Rahman fans, I do not even think AR Rahman is India’s best talent. He is very very talented, yes. He stands out especially when compared to a mass of very average performers in a over-competitive industry. Who are we comparing Rahman to, SD Burman? Naushad? If these award committees ever cared to research Indian music deeply or seen beyond India’s beaten-to-death poverty, they’d be in for a shock. So, to answer your question, no, Jai Ho is at best a pop song, a very poor one at that.

By: sumit.wadhwa Mon, 01 Feb 2010 13:05:32 +0000 I know only one thing Shilpa, majority people in India wants to remember those (singers/composers/artisians) who have died or are capable of producing what public in India wan’t to listen(oldies type but not old). If something new happens, some innovation or something else they just ignore it till the fraternity of such ignorant singers/composers/artisians bring them into lime-light and only through media, some of which in India exists on the fate of our great politicians, deliver it to the public as supplied-demanded.

What happened at OSCARS and/or GRAMMY was obvious because when the music of ‘ROJA’ or ‘BOMBAY’ came out in 90’s our economy was just in transition phase. I don’t know about the music of ‘DIL SE..’ whether westerners were in all ears or not.

Also, to cite other example everybody must have listened ‘Dhan te Nan…’ from ‘Kaminey’ by ‘Vishal’. It had rocked India, no second thought on that. But the fact of the matter is that it came into existence in 90’s itself whereby ‘Vishal’ produced a album feat. ‘Sharman Joshi\'[the ‘3 Idiots’-‘Raju’].

Time has changed now and so is our thinking process. Hope, now no other ‘Rahman’ will be waiting to get recognition……