Today, singer-composer Allah Rakha Rahman turns 49. And twenty-nine years since he took the Indian music industry by storm, his music continues to serve as a constant companion to people from all walks of life. Not only to listeners of his music, he remains an inspiration for those in the industry.
Who can ever forget his compositions ‘Tu hi re’, ‘Chanda re’, ‘Roja janeman’, ‘Aye udi udi’ and the list of Rahman classics is fairly vast. Once started, one can never get enough of Rahman.
Over the years, many artists have given him the well-deserved tribute but here are five tributes given to the man that stand out.
1) Indian a cappella group Voctronica released a tribute video timed with the singer’s birth date. The group, claiming to be India’s first all-vocal orchestra, paid a beautiful to him with their latest composition called ‘Evolution of A R Rahman’. It’s a classic mix of his songs from early 1990s to 2000s.
2) The fact that Rahman’s music touches people across borders and languages finds proof in the latter half of this rather unusual video. US-based classical choir group, The Augustana Choir, does a fantastic rendition of Rahman’s Tamil hit Balleilakka (from the film Sivaji, starring Rajinikanth). The video starts with a classical version of Eriks Ešenvalds’ Long Road, but starting at 7.30, the choir takes an Indian turn, and what fun it is.
3) We all remember this Sprite Ad where this group called ‘The Glass Orchestra’ recreated ‘Ye haseen vadiyan’ with the backdrop music created by glass and bottles. In case you don’t, or need a refresher, here it is.