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    a. r. rahman Quotes

    Compared with other Indian film composers, I only write about six movies a year. Others write up to 60.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: movie  film  write  year 
     
    If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work.
    — A. R. Rahman
    I love great lyrics, and I love the way it could shape a tune into a very unpredictable one, and I also like taking a great melody and putting lyrics into it.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: lyrics 
     
    So long as you do it truthfully, music is not to be judged.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: music 
     
    Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Shekhar's comedies. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin! These artists are so blessed: they can make other people happy.
    — A. R. Rahman
    Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It's like a beggar sitting waiting for God to fill your bowl with the right thought. In every song, I ask help from Him. Everybody around is so good, so to create music that will connect with so many people is not humanly possible without inspiration.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: time  people  thoughts  right  help  song  music  god 
     
    When I travel with my kids abroad, I am not myself, but I'm more a father who wants to protect them. Sometimes, I am even aggressive about certain things and get surprised seeing myself like that: for instance, when people want to take pictures of them. I am fine if they want to take my pictures, but they are not public property.
    — A. R. Rahman
    I feel blessed and humbled that people have loved my music. Nothing would be possible without their acceptance.
    — A. R. Rahman
    I follow a simple formula when I compose. I ask myself, 'What would the audience want to hear?' and 'Why would they buy my CDs?' And the process of answering these questions through music follows. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it backfires.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: work  process  questions  music 
     
    I have too many responsibilities and principles. There's no time for 'guilty' pleasures.
    — A. R. Rahman
    Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: wisdom 
     
    It's true that I love to connect with my fans on the social networking sites, but I try not to go overboard, ever. I just give people a peek into my mind space, but never bombard them with my tweets.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: people  true  space  mind 
     
    My mother insisted that I pursue music. I rented out my father's musical equipment and earned some money. As a child, I wasn't sure about a career goal, but I was always fascinated by electronic gadgets, specially musical equipment.
    — A. R. Rahman
    I usually work on a film soundtrack for two years, turning in a song every few months, and that keeps my creative energy high, because I'm constantly rotating projects. The trick is to make sure I don't work too hard and get exhausted.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: work  energy  song  film  creative  year 
     
    Bollywood music is definitely a big part of Indian music and can be a great way to introduce people to the sound. But I hope to continue to incorporate other types of Indian music into my work.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: people  work  music  hope 
     
    The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: music  ideas 
     
    My kids miss me when I'm away, but I don't mind living out of a suitcase. The U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Iraq... it's such a thrill meeting people of different cultures, learning about and from them. It's changed my perception about life, humanity and spirituality.
    — A. R. Rahman
    I think music, in my opinion, is not about motivation in the way it's - it's not a running base. It's art. And my whole philosophy of music is different. It's almost like cooking and serving to people, seeing them smile and enjoying the food, really.
    — A. R. Rahman
    I basically love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the whole culture of that, whether it's Indian or it's Western.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: culture  music 
     
    I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I'm listening to more modern composers who I can't even name. But since I'm constantly doing music, it's difficult to have that quality time to listen to music and do classical stuff.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: time  listening  music  quality 
     
    It's like driving your car. If you drive too fast on the highway, you will topple, so you better maintain your speed. Life is similar to that, and that's the way you have to control your head.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: control 
     
    I was famous from the age of 13, and after a while you become immune to it - in a good way. You look at positives and what you can do with it.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: age  positive 
     
    A musician is a professional, whether he or she is successful or not. The profession itself must be regarded as a stable job.
    — A. R. Rahman
    Beautiful film music can be made relevant to any period.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: beautiful  music  film 
     
    Music is the only passion I shamelessly indulge in. However, for recreation I enjoy watching movies. 'Wizard of Oz' was the first film I ever saw, followed by the 'Bond' movies. I also watch a lot of World cinema through DVDs mostly brought by one of my best friends who's now based in Toronto.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: world  friends  movie  music  film  passion 
     
    I like to see a film and then start scoring it in my mind while doing something unrelated. You just grasp a film and start working, and something unpredictable comes out from a third element. The mind, the more active it is, the more productive it is.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: film  mind 
     
    I divide criticism into two categories - one coming from those who understand music, who are worthy of being critical because they are knowledgeable about what they are saying; and then there is another category of people who would criticise you anyway, whether your work is good or bad.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: criticism  people  work  bad  music 
     
    I am the kind of person who does not like to carry baggage. In fact, I don't go back and listen to my own music. I believe in closing chapters and moving forward. That's what gives me peace.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: peace  people  believe  facts  music 
     
    I want young Indian composers to be able to do more than just film music. I want to give them the skills that will enable them to create their own palette of sounds instead of having to write formulaic music. It doesn't matter if they become sound engineers, producers, composers or performers - I want them to be as imaginative as they like.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: young  music  film  write 
     
    The more dollars the studio producers put in, the less freedom we have. If the budget hits $100m, they get scared - they'll take the existing score of a successful movie and expect composers to copy it, like wallpaper. The biggest challenge for any composer in Hollywood is to be as creative as possible within those boundaries.
    — A. R. Rahman
    My music is mostly for the music. And it gives the liberty to do anything which I want. And nobody limits me to one genre of music. But I learn from life and I try to give back to life, in a way, whether it's the thought of the song or whether it's the approach to the arrangement or anything.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: thoughts  song  music  liberty  learn 
     
    I am a friend when I need to be a friend, a father when I need to be a father, a musician when music calls. I switch roles accordingly.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: friends  music  father 
     
    Sometimes, a remix is good because it reaches a whole new generation. But when it gets too much, it's irritating. Also, the original composer needs to be credited properly.
    — A. R. Rahman
    If there is no criticism, you become lazy. But it should be constructive, and it should be the truth. If it's biased and there's no truth in it, then I don't care about it. If it's true, it helps me grow.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: criticism  truth  lazy  true  help  care 
     
    While my mother wanted me to be a musician, I wanted to become an electronic engineer.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: mother 
     
    I think I can get away, sometimes, with walking in the streets and not getting noticed. I like that. I want my work to get noticed, not me. And it's slowly getting there, which is good.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: work 
     
    Some things are very low profile, but if they excite me creatively, I accept them. Sometimes there are high-profile projects, and you have to do it. We all have human limitations. It is a painful decision to turn things down. Even accepting 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a decision that I had to sacrifice another project.
    — A. R. Rahman
    I'm a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create a good vibration because art is so important to society. Some projects I don't do because I feel that it's going to create a bad vibe. I don't do propaganda films that are anti another religion, anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: society  believe  sufis  bad  media  film 
     
    A good film demands its own score, and if you are a musician, your conscience will never allow you to do something mediocre for a good film.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: conscience  film 
     
    For me, there is no day or night for music. I often work through the night - without phone calls disturbing me.
    — A. R. Rahman
    tags: work  night  music 
     
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