A. R. Rahman turns 54: Revisiting some gems by Musical Maestro

DN Bureau

The Indian musical maestro A.R. Rahman, known for his soulful music and plethora of awards and honors turned 54 years old on Wednesday. Let us take a look back at some of the musical gems that this 'Mozart of Madras' has given us.

A. R. Rahman

Skilled in Western, classical, and Carnatic music and even Qawwali style, 'Musical Legend' is an apt title for this composer who has created music that literally gives people goosebumps. Whether you are looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane or just want to discover something new, Rahman's songs are like slow-poison, affecting you more and more, each time you listen to them.

Dil Bechara

A.R. Rahman’s latest releases is the title track of ‘Dil Bechara’. The soulful voice of the ace musician in the song has touched millions of hearts. It was the last film of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Chaiyya Chaiyya'/ 'Dil Se Re'

These two songs are immensely popular and almost everyone has at least listened to them once. They vary so much in their respective genres. While 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' is a joyous and fun song, on the other hand 'Dil Se Re' is a song by an infatuated lover-boy and is as haunting as is its visuals. Guy Pratt, who is a member of the band, 'Pink Floyd' has played the bass guitar for this song.

Kun Faya Kun

This song is a fusion of Sufi and pop genre music clubbed with marvelous use of guitar. It stands out because it starts off as a ghazal and transitions into a ghazal/pop kind of fusion with Mohit Chauhan leading the way and a touch of Rahman's soulful voice in some places.

The entire album of 'Rang De Basanti'

To start off, 'Khalbali' is a mind-blowing song from this album with Arabic lyrics to top it all. This album created massive waves at the time of its release and to date remains immensely popular! The entire album must be given a listen to at least once.


This song is not typically a romantic number, but it will definitely make you think about your soulmate. A.R. Rahman’s magical voice in the song will surely make you add it to your all-time favourite playlist.


This song will surely give you fall in love feels! It will take you to dreamy land. The song has A.R. Rahman’s music and legendary lyricist Gulzar’s words. It was crooned by Sadhna Sargam. The enchanting number is packed with wonderful music.

Agar Tum Saath Ho

Regardless of whether you are romantic or not, this song will tug at your heartstrings! Agar Tum Saath Ho is special for two reasons. Firstly, the music of the song was composed by A.R. Rahman and secondly, with this song Alka Yagnik was heard again after a long time.

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