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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 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 the same time—the strings thing happening upstairs, the voice thing downstairs, then lyrics moving in another room". No sooner is the score ready for one film, "the next director is ready for his background score. Then, after that, the songs are needed. After that, something else..."

The hard work isn't writing the music—that's always been a song for Rahman since his first albums, Deen Isai Malai and Set Me Free, when he was just 21. "In 30 minutes I can come up with 6-7 tunes." The hard part is executing it—"administration, instruments, getting the right voice..it takes time". It can be a headache as well. "Sometimes the director may say, these are good tunes but we don't need this, we want this. That's when you get into trouble. Because they have a fixation for something, and you've got to deliver that."

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