Rahman wins award for fight against polio

A.R. Rahman won the award for his fight against polio -- Photo. M. Moorthy

A.R. Rahman won the award for his fight against polio -- Photo. M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy


Rotary International presented the polio ambassador award to music director A.R. Rahman at a meeting held in Guindy on Saturday.

Accepting the award, Mr. Rahman spoke of helping fight polio through social media.

“I used to think Facebook was a waste of time. But when it was suggested that I open a Facebook page and upload videos of my rehearsals, it helped me reach out to a huge user base of 22 million. It was through this page I began sharing awareness messages on polio,” he said.

Pianist Anil Srinivasan played some of Mr. Rahman’s hits songs from Hindi and Tamil cinema and asked him questions based on them. 

Speaking about the influences behind Jai Ho, Mr. Rahman said, “I just wanted to approach the song like an anthem, uniting the musical influences of various cultures: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish. The song has all these influences.”

On working with Mani Ratnam, he said he was given the space to experiment beyond what the script required. “There have been occasions when I have tried something out for myself, even if it seemed outside the scope of the film in the beginning. Sometimes, Mani included them in his film. Deivam thanda poove was one such song,” he said.

Having just landed in Chennai from Berlin, Mr. Rahman was in no mood to sing. But the audience was in no mood to let him go without a song. The maestro left with a promise to sing the next time. 

Singer Naresh Iyer entertained the audience afterwards.

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