When ARR was 10 years old, he was used to wearing half pants and shirts. At that time, there was a Pir who visited him and advised him not to dress showing his legs. Right from that moment, ARR stopped wearing half pants, and till date has taken proper care to ensure that he is dressed properly all the time. ARR took the advise of the Pir in the right spirit, and even at that tender age he didn’t reply back asking “why”. This was shared by Raihana.
ARR ‘s Father used to have a Moris Minor car, and ARR ‘s Grandfather was an excellent driver. ARR started learning car driving right from the age of 9 in the beaches of Chennai Marina beach. Their entire family used to go round Chennai in that car. But they have disposed the car now.
RAHMAN’S CONDUCT CERTIFICATE
“ARR’s Progress Report always used to feature “Good & Very quiet Boy” in the conduct Portion. And whenever he used to miss some homework, the teacher used to punish him by asking him to sit near girls, for which he would feel so bad, and come home very disappointed.
ATTACHMENT TOWARDS GRANDMOTHER
It seems ARR was very much attached to his grand mother and so was she towards ARR. She used to ask him if he would get her a saree , when he was 5 yrs old, for which ARR would reply that he would pack a room full of sarees for her, and she used to get delighted hearing that.. But unfortunately, she is not alive now, otherwise, ARR would have surely made it a reality now.
RAHMAN’S LIKE FOR INDIAN FOOD
“Wherever ARR goes around the world, he always takes Indian Food. He likes Rasam Rice, Curd Rice and always longs for eating those food items. In fact he goes into some interior room and consumes food “.
RAHMAN’S VIEW TOWARDS REMIX
“The song Ponmagal Vandhal from ATM has become very popular for two reasons. One it is being liked by everybody and many have kept the song as their ring tones, and many critics are now pouncing on ARR for this remix though he didn’t do the remix”
RAHMAN’S SISTER RAIHANNA
Singer Sadhana Sargam is a very humble person. Once during a SPB Concert, she went near the speakers, to listen to Raihana’s voice in the song Balleillaka ie Sivaji Intro song. She came and told Raihana that she was happy to listen to her voice in this speakers. Raihana always used to adore Sadhana Sargam’s humility and kindness.
RAHMAN’S LOVE FOR MUSIC
Whenever ARR travels abroad for concerts, he never puts his accordion or some of his instruments into the Main Baggage center. He carries them along with his hand baggage, and practises wherever he find it suitable to. Though carrying them would be highly painful all the time, he doesn;t mind that , and enjoys carrying them through.
RAHMAN’S CRAZE TOWARDS SWEETS
When ARR & Raihanaji were children, they used to be taken to Parrys Corner in Chennai, by their mother, for shopping. There they used to love having sweets like Gulab Jamun & Basandhi. These sweets have always been their favourities. When they were kids, their mom used to take them to a Sethji’s sweet shop in Parry’s Corner in Chennai. The Gulab Jamoon’s and Baasundhi’s in that shop was their favourite and continues to remain their favourite even now. So many years have passed, but still the taste of the sweets from that shop remains as it always used to be… Some good things in life never change, this is one of them!
RAHMAN’S DESIRE TO BECOME AN ELECTRONIC ENGINEER
“Right from his young age, ARR used to do soldering and displayed his interest in electronics. His aspiration was to become an Electronics Engineer, but destiny had something else in store for him ”
RAHMAN’S TAKE IT EASY POLICY
” Many Tamil Poets and Lyrisicts used to criticise ARR and ask him to learn Tamil properly, without even wondering at his Tamil accent and how he is able to compose such super hits in TAMIL. But not even one day ARR has given it back to them asking them why they haven’t learnt music.” ARR always follows this policy of taking criticisms easy. In fact this is highly admired , when we hear the song Urvasi Urvasi, Take it easy Urvasi from Kaadhalan sung by ARR himself. We should also imbibe this quality from our Leader. Take Life Easy, as it comes.
RAHMAN WHILE RECORDING HARMONIES
It seems like, when ARR records harmonies, he gives the pieces two hours in advance to the singers, ask them to practice well, with what all feelings they get. And then he patiently goes for the take. His Patience while recording makes every singer feel his/ her responsibility.
RAHMAN WHILE DOING BOMBAY DREAMS
The song ” Motti Vidatha ” in Pavithra was actually supposed to figure in Roja. It seems Maniratnam was also involved in that song. But then later, it was composed and placed in Pavithra . Andrew Lloyd webber used to be very fond of ARR, and always used to wish ARR on new Year, ARR’s Bday without fail every year. He allocated a place in his kitchen , where ARR used to keep his instruments and do the practice and composition for Bombay Dreams.
NEWS COURTESY AND SPECIAL THANKS TO VITHUR.