Why are my eyes tearing up as I listen on the radio that A R Rahman has won a double Oscar for best song and best original score.
More over as the song Jai Ho gets played on the airwaves, with its magnificent grandeur, why do I feel like my heart will burst with joy?
The reason is simple. I like this man. Here is a man who has been creating wonderful, heartstirring, innovative music quietly, without any gimmicky music videos or judging any talent shows, or giving grandiose interviews left right and centre. He doesnt need to justify himself or his music. His work speaks for itself. He has redefined patriotic music with his Vande Mataram and the Jana Gana Mana we stand up to whenever we watch a movie in the theatres is so beautifully and evocatively done that it unfailingly makes my eyes mist over, dangerous given the unreliability of the semi soft lenses I still hang onto in this age of disposable, extended wear, ultrasoft, plastic paper type lens things.
I still remember his music from Bombay, a movie I saw when I was dating the man I eventually married, and the wierd situation we were in, echoed by the movie. Of course, I did not go on to have twins, but, you get my drift. He is the only music director I demand and expect better music from with each successive score, and lyrics apart, he has delivered.
You make us proud Mr Rahman. Not just your music. More so, your humility and your grace in the creation of such divine music. Truly, the divine speaks through your music.
Here is the article:
A R Rahman was celebrating a double Oscars triumph here on Sunday after winning two Academy Awards for his work in the hit film “Slumdog
The talented music maestro picked up the best original score statuette before scooping the best song Oscar moments later after a medley performance featuring all three nominated tunes.
“I just want to thank again, the whole crew of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ especially Danny Boyle for giving me such a great opportunity,” said the delighted Rahman.
He hailed “all the people from Mumbai and the essence of the film, which is about optimism and the power of hope and our lives. All my life I’ve had a choice of hate and love. I chose love, and I’m here. God bless.”
The awards took “Slumdog’s” tally to six for the evening, with the honors for best picture and best director still to come.
How does A R Rahman’s win make you proud?