Oscar winner (Oscar-winner) Famous music composer and singer AR Rahman does not need any introduction today. Rahman has made a mark in South Cinema, Bollywood and Hollywood on the basis of his talent. But his childhood went through a lot of difficulties, the age at which the son starts to know about the society by holding the father’s finger, at that age AR Rahman lost his father. AR Rahman was just 9 years old when his father said goodbye to this world. His father RK Shekhar was a popular musician and music conductor, who worked with some of the leading musicians of the South.
The shadow of father RK Shekhar rose from the head of AR Rahman at a young age, but handed over the musical legacy to the son. Recently, music composer and singer AR Rahman reminisced those difficult days of his childhood, which is very difficult for him to forget.
Childhood spent in hospitals for father’s treatment
AR Rahman spoke to YouTube channel O2India earlier. During this, while remembering his childhood days, he remembered his father’s illness and the difficult days of life. He said that my childhood was not normal. I used to stay in hospitals mainly for my father’s treatment, I got a little lonely. I started working from the age of 11-12.
At the age of 9, the shadow of the father was lifted from the head of AR Rahman.
‘Did not get to play in childhood’
In the conversation, he further said that I could not get the privilege of going out or playing in my childhood. But yes, whatever personal time I had, which I mostly spent with music, was kind of a boon to me.
AR Rahnam’s father had said goodbye in 1976
He also revealed that he should not remember the things of his father’s illness, but then sometimes he remembers these things. Recalling the old things, AR Rahman told that once he was sent back home from the middle of school. Then Rahman used to study in the fourth class. His father remained ill for almost 4 years till his death in 1976.
AR Rahman’s father RK Shekhar was a popular musician and music conductor.
Even today the picture of father’s funeral comes in front of the eyes.
AR Rahman also remembers his father’s last farewell. He said that I still remember that I had performed his last rites, I was 9 years old then. That picture never goes out of my mind, those memories haunt me even today. But, it helps me understand life better, because it all happened in the early stages of my life. It has given me something that a normal child could never have.
Had to leave school after father’s death
After the death of his father, the responsibility of running the family fell on Rahman’s shoulders. He left school to support the family, so that he could help the family by working full time. He started renting out his father’s musical equipment and his father’s long-time collaborator and late musician M.K. Arjunan helped Rahman to pursue his music career.
50 was the first salary
50 rupees was his first salary. He became a session musician and a keyboard player and gradually moved on to writing jingles for television commercials. Climbing the stairs one by one, he kept on moving towards the floor and then did not look back.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 17, 2022, 09:17 IST