25-minute video production featuring directors K. Balachander and Mani Rathnam, lyricists Vaali and Vairamuthu, playback singers S.P. Balasubramaniam, Hariharan and Chitra, and actors Kamal Haasan and Prabhu showering accolades on A.R. Rahman was screened on Tuesday Rotary Club of Madras. The club honoured him with the ‘Lifetime achievement award.
While commending Mr. Rahman’s musical genius, almost all of them spoke of his humility. The prolific music composer, who started playing piano at the young age of four, has grown from strength to strength. Since his debut in Roja, he has never looked back. In a career spanning 17 years, he has won four National awards, 21 Filmfare awards and also the coveted Padmashree title. On the music that he liked listening to, he said ‘Carpenters’, the music of composers K.V. Mahadevan, Viswanathan-Ramamurthy and particularly those of P. Susheela, were his all-time favourites.
President of the Rotary Club of Madras Indra Subramanyam, director of vocational service Hemant Chordia and honorary secretary Shibu Isaac were among those present.