Karthik’s experience with A R Rahman

13 08 2008

This post is dedicated for you Yali. I am sorry. Singer Karthik reveals his experience with A R Rahman in a show called “Memories” in Jaya TV. Karthik in his earlier days of college life was a regular participant in IIT Sarang. He was an absolutely crazy Rahman fan.

Being asked had he ever thought of getting a chance to sing for Rahman, he replied “No No. I just wanted to see him at least once. I was such a crazy fan. I used to call the studios so many times and usually the studio manager or someone picks and keeps the phone. It was one of my cousin who was close to singer Srinivas who got me that golden opportunity to meet Rahman. It was purely by God’s grace. When I met him, he asked ” Do you sing? ” and I said yes and sang a song in front of him.

He then immediately said, “You have a nice voice. why don’t you choose singing as your career”. That was the moment, I left everything else and again started practicing daily. I was so happy to hear that from him. But I didn’t get a chance immediately. It was an interesting incident and unforgettable even now – The opportunity that I got to sing for Rahman. That day was one of my friends birthday. So we a gang of friends went out to a snooker parlor and decided to spend till midnight and give a surprise birthday gift to our friend. Those days Cellphones were not that popular and only one of our friend had. Rahmanji was looking for some fresh voices to do a chorus and Singer Srinivas was trying to reach Tippu, Harish Raghavendra and Gopalrao.

When he couldn’t get hold of one of them he tried reaching my home number. My mom was trying to reach my friend’s cell phone but unfortunately couldn’t reach as the signal was so poor in the snooker parlor. Srinivas had at least tried 8 times to my home and my mom started literally crying because she knows how much interest I was showing towards singing. It was at 11:45 when we came upstairs, after three and half hours, I got to attend my mom’s call and came to know about the call from the studio. I took my bike and rushed to the studio. I saw Javed Akthar Sir for the first time. The movie was Pukar and I had to sing with the chorus with Tippu, Harish, and Dr.Narayan.

That was my first recording and it just happened in 30 mins and at around 1.00 am, I’m home. I couldn’t just believe that I did a recording in Rahmanji’s studio. I told all my friends but no one believed. Unfortunately, that song in Pukar didn’t release. Then I used to regularly do some chorus with Tippu and Harish and I was singing Chorus for nearly one year. Rahman always gets confused in identifying Tippu and me. He always thought I’m Tippu. One day during a chorus session, Rahman said, “You, the guy without spectacles, you stay there, others come out”.

That was me. I know he is going to ask me to sing. I thought this is the opportunity and I have to prove myself else pack my bags and go back to studies. He asked to sing a sad alaap, I was singing and he was guiding by playing the chords. He wanted more cry in the alaap and I just forgot myself and started singing continuously, closing my eyes. After a while, I opened my eyes to see everyone laughing. Rahman had already standing next to me and said “Good Job. You did well”.

Next day, he asked me to come to the studio for a track. He said he is going to try something and also said if it works well, he will use it. That was the song for the movie Jodi and the song is “Nendhukittaen Nendhukittaen”. I was nervous but Rahman has a special capability. He knows what technique to use to extract the work from the singers. He sets the right mood to each singer. He started cutting jokes with me and made me really comfortable before recording the song. It took me 45 minutes to complete the song. After the recording, he said, it’s good, let’s see, if it works out, we will use it. This is how I got my first break with Rahman.

The “Girl Friend” song in boys was really interesting. While working with Rahman, you will never know how the song will come out but this is the one song that every one of us knew that it’s gonna rock. When I started recording this song, Rahman interrupted and said, “I want you to sing in a “Blues” feel”. I smiled and said, “I don’t know blues, please guide me”. Then he started singing it for me. He said think a saxophone and deliver the words like a saxophone. It was interesting.

At the end of the talk, the anchor asked “You need to sing in the night while working for Rahman. Doesn’t it feel uncomfortable?” Karthik smiled and replied “Michael Jackson says that he is going to meet you at 3 AM. Will you tell him, No, come at 6:00PM”. I know what you are trying to ask. If you like a work and you have commitment to do that work, these things doesn’t matter at all. It’s all about the passion that makes you work, be it any time”.

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14 responses

14 08 2008
madhuzinsane

great one mate… how lucky is this karthik 🙂

14 08 2008
Yalini

hey farzad..

thank u very much.. its ok.. it was not ur fault okya..so leave it pa..

bye

15 08 2008
Milan

Mr.rehman i m ur fan i m just intersting to talk with u…… vande mataram

15 08 2008
deepthi

Good! thanks u very much

22 08 2008
utopiandame

I am die hard fan of Karthik’s voice! You got the best voice Kartihk!!
Your voice is so soothing, so romantic, it flows like a gentle breeze, yet has a depth and a strength!!! Wish I can hear more songs in your voice…

1 09 2008
Naz

“If you like a work and you have commitment to do that work, these things doesn’t matter at all. It’s all about the passion that makes you work, be it any time”.

Fantastic!!! Wowow!!! This guy have an amazing voice…. Saw him along with GV Prakash @ KWA…. He came into this singing career by accident.. How sweet of ARR to have spotted talents and encourage them to start their career in singing.. and now all of them are doing well…. Gr8!!!!

19 09 2008
John

Hi,
I am crazy fan of AR rahman and Karthik. Both are the assets to music.. The songs from thses two combinations is super hit and rocks… Much more has to come….. All the for both of them for their future projects………

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John

Wide Circles

1 10 2008
punithan

Hi,
Greate things never knock the door.it automatically opens the door and comes inside and stand in front of Talented personalities.such a guy is karthick .Greate thing is AR.R
GOOD LUCK FOR THIER FUTURE PROJECTS..

3 10 2008
Yalini

hey punithan anna..!

ahaaaaa…i didnt expect that u would write a comment..not bad dude and thanks!!!!! 😉
hope everything is fine there in chennai…:P

19 03 2009
Harikrishnan

Really interesting!

But the song Nenthukitten was from the film ‘Star’, Right?

2 04 2009
k s venkatesan

simply great and lucky he is

15 04 2009
coheena (MALAYSIA)

KARTHIK has a magical voice.. i believe that everyone who has the talent would get the opportunity somehow.. n dats y karthikji got the chance.. A.R.RAHMAN is a person who has lots of courage n hardwork.. he goes for it n makes sure he do the best out of it… dats y he is at the top of success now.. i’m totaly inspired!!!!!

21 05 2010
senthil

After a long back karthick gave me the pain that i have for the past four years (LOVE)with the song usure pogudhey song,thk AR and also karthick god bless you.

16 07 2010
pooja

howww cute is karthik. his voice was sooooo sooooooo sweeeeeet.

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