Since Mani Ratnam gave him a break with Roja in 1992, A R Rahman has become a legend in the music business. His songs are all over Bollywood. A.R. Rahman is known for his extensive work for film and stage, his stylistic range as a songwriter, and his integration of various styles of music in his compositions. The music composer-singer took it further by winning the Grammy Award. On his 55th birthday, we have combined a playlist of his most iconic songs of all time.
Maa Tujhe Salaam- Vande Mataram
Many of Rahman's chart-topping singles featured his voice, and one of the most memorable was this patriotic ballad written by Mehboob. This song, praising the motherland, is bursting with enthusiasm and has shivers written all over it. Any national holiday, be it Republic Day or Independence Day, rarely commemorates without his song.
Kun Faya Kun, Rockstar
Another genre in which Rahman excelled during his distinguished career was sufi, which he performed with Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan, and the Nizami Brothers, with lyrics by Irshad Kamil. His powerful spiritual music and voice let spectators empathise with the protagonist's state of mind as he searched for answers to his musical goals after being separated from home.
Tere Bina, Guru
This 2007, Ratnam film's music is my favourite Rahman album of all time. My favourite song is the qawwali-influenced 'Tere Bina'. Still, there's also the Middle Eastern-influenced "Mayya Mayya" and the folk-Esque tune "Ek Lo Ek Muft" for those who prefer different musical styles.
Agar Tum Saath Ho, Tamasha
Although there has been some discussion about Rahman's impacting music dwindling in recent years, this piece, performed by Alka Yagnik and Arijit Singh and written by Irshal Kamil, proves that the legend still has it in him. This sentimental music, which expresses love, heartbreak, and difficult-to-explain feelings, is one of his most popular in recent years.
Roobaroo, Rang De Basanti
This song from the classic should undoubtedly be considered one of Bollywood's best friendship songs. Prasoon Joshi wrote the song, which has a symbolic high, shortly before the film's tragedy. Apart from superb guitar, Rahman and Naresh Iyer contributed their voices to the composition.
Patakha Guddi, Highway
Imtiaz Ali deeply felt that this song must be recorded in Rahman's voice to make it more satisfying in its high notes. And we couldn't agree to it more.
Luka Chuppi, Rang De Basanti
A collaboration between two talented painters! What a lovely composition this was, with Lata Ji's deep voice! Even now, this song can melt your heart and make you cry. A tune you'll never want to remove from your playlist.
Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire"
Without the song that inspired the title of Rahman's biographical film, no list of Rahman songs would be complete. Rahman received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for this smash single from 2008.
Chaiyya Chaiyya" from "Dil Se"
This romantic thriller from 1998 brought together Ratnam's filmmaking genius and Rahman's musical skills. The beautiful melodies earned Rahman another Filmfare Award for Best Musical Director. The song "Chaiyya Chaiyya" received both musical and dancing awards, courtesy of choreographer Farah Khan's brilliantly timed train dance.
The voice of A. R. Rahman is both powerful and mystical. It may make your heart skip a beat, make you cry, and give you chills all at the same time! A. R. Rahman is the face of Indian music and the voice of our country. The music industry would be incomplete without the melodious songs and compositions of AR Rahman!