A. R. Rahman

Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.A. R. Rahman

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Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging. But certain things are common. And we do learn things from each other's experience. On a spiritual journey, we all have the same destination.A. R. Rahman

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I believe that whatever comes at a particular time is a blessing from God.A. R. Rahman

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When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects in the output.A. R. Rahman

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places.A. R. Rahman

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I have too many responsibilities and principles. There's no time for 'guilty' pleasures.A. R. Rahman

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So long as you do it truthfully, music is not to be judged.A. R. Rahman

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If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work.A. R. Rahman

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated.A. R. Rahman

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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

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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

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Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom.A. R. Rahman

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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

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I feel blessed and humbled that people have loved my music. Nothing would be possible without their acceptance.A. R. Rahman

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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

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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

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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

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Compared with other Indian film composers, I only write about six movies a year. Others write up to 60.A. R. Rahman

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The demand in India is to have a hit, which becomes a promotion for the movie and makes people come to the theater. You have five songs and different promotions based on those. But when I do Western films, the need for originality is greater. Then I become very conscious about the writing.A. R. Rahman

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I joined the Madras Christian College but dropped out after three months. Telugu music director Ramesh Naidu asked me to assist him, and I did so for over a year. I did think of rejoining college, but by then, I was discovering the musician in me. I worked with Illaya Raja and Raj Koti and soon shifted to commercials. This led to movie offers.A. R. Rahman

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My mother's belief in spiritual healers grew stronger after our family went through a rough patch following my father's death. Sufi saint Karimullah Shah Kadri changed our lives, and all of us converted to Sufism. But it wasn't an instantaneous decision - it took us 10 years to convert. The change in religion was like washing away the past.A. R. Rahman

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