When you think of music, you can’t help but ponder over the Godfather of Indian Music himself, A.R. Rahman. For decades, music lovers have been treated well and kindly by Mr. Rahman’s dedicated contribution to the industry. We all have a favourite Rahman song, which speaks to us and makes us enter unchartered territories within our soul. There’s a tune for every feeling; whether it be about being in love, wanting to dance the happy feeling, feeling spiritual or even going through major heartbreak.
Not just composing, the musician has shown his caliber as a singer too. Rahman is an example of how music knows no boundary. Apart from being hailed in the Indian music industry, he even has renditions like Slumdog Millionaire’s “Jai Ho” which have made him a popular artiste all over the world.
Among his various accolades are four National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, 15 Filmfare Awards and 16 Filmfare Awards in South. Today, on his 52nd birthday, here’s a list of songs to celebrate his work.
Ishq Bina – Taal
Starring the ever-gorgeous Aishwarya Rai alongside Akshaye Khanna, the track from Subhash Ghai directorial Taal, was composed by AR Rahman. While the album is a gem of its own for Bollywood, “Ishq Bina” is a number that has stayed as a memory for Rahman fans. The lyrics for the song were penned by Anand Bakshi.
Kahin Toh Hogi Wo – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Giving jazz feels to a romantic number is not an easy task but for AR Rahman, nothing falls under the category of impossible. This track, for the long time, remained as a go-to-track whenever heartbreaks knocked people down.
Nadaan Parindey – Rockstar
Nadaan Parindey” featured in Imtiaz Ali’s musical drama Rockstar. Rockstar is full of soulful tracks that are popular among audiences even today, but this one especially stands out. It has been beautifully penned by Irshad Kamil, sung by Mohit Chauhan and composed by Rahman.
Chaiyya Chaiyya – Dil Se
As much as Rahman’s songs can make you love and feel heartbreak, it’s his dancing numbers that really get us going with Chaiyya Chaiyya being the best example. Shah Rukh Khan takes over the lip syncing as he dances on a train with Malaika Arora and it’s still a popular choice in the clubs.
Agar Tum Saath Ho – Tamasha
Sung by Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh, this AR Rahman composition is one of the best songs of recent times. Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, the track even wonderfully captures the emotions of the couple in the film.