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Tuning In

Few have had the kind of success music director A.R. Rahman has become accustomed to. He now wants to 'push the limits', in India and abroad.

Tuning In
Tuning In
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For a driven man, Allah Rakha Rahman seems surprisingly restful. He looks, with his long tousled hair, his large, still eyes and hands and lips that move with the economy of the devout who keep the roza, more like a budding young pir with a cellphone than one of the world's top-selling musicians. At 36, he has overtaken the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears, won over Andrew Lloyd Webber, and worked with Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez. He has not slept in three days, he announces cheerfully as he opens the door to his hotel room, having just returned from a concert for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. When the president asked him to compose the music for his poem, The Song of Youth, to be played for him at Vigyan Bhavan on Children's Day, Rahman could hardly turn it down, even though he's flooded with work. "It was given just five days before and we had to work very hard to get something out."

For Rahman, "working very hard" means staying up beyond the 18-hour schedule he normally keeps in his Chennai studio "where there are four-five different things happening at...
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