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Updated: January 1, 2011 16:53 IST

Grill Mill: Raihanah

S. R. Ashok Kumar
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A. R. Raihanah
A. R. Raihanah

You started as a singer and then became a music director. Why aren't you singing more songs now?

I have scored music for Macchi, Adatha Attamellam, Kadhalagi, Pesuvathukiliya and the yet-to-be-released Ennai Yedho Seidhuvittai. When you become a music director, others won't give you a chance to sing under their direction.

What would you like to be referred to as — a singer or a music director?

I want to be always surrounded by music, be it as a singer or a music director. Singing means instant recognition. But direction means creativity where it takes time to get recognition.

Is it a plus or a minus to be A. R. Rahman's sister?

Sometimes, it is a plus; sometimes, a minus. The only problem is people don't take you for what you are. They come expecting me to rise to Rahman's level. I am only Raihanah. Besides, he does mixing in London and other places. When they want me to do low-budget music with the same sound and clarity that they find in Rahman's creations, then it's not possible.

Your son G. V. Prakash Kumar is also a known name. Do you feel you are sandwiched between two popular music directors?

Certainly not. I believe in God and am happy for my son Prakash who has composed some wonderful music for films.

If you are given two songs, one scored by A. R. Rahman and the other by G. V. Prakash Kumar, which one would you say is better?

Our house is popular for good music and we value truth. Good music will always win.

Despite your vast musical knowledge, why didn't you make it big?

I go by the story, screenplay and what the director wants from me. So far, no big company or director has approached me; But I feel I am destined to make it big one day.

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