The magic of A R Rahman

I recently transferred some of my favourite songs that I haven’t listened to for quite sometime, to my mobile. So, I have almost stopped listening to radio now. The next three paras of this post is what I typed in my mobile as a message when I was travelling home from work after I pressed the play button in the music player with the random option turned on. πŸ™‚

As the bus travels down the East Coast Road at God-knows-what speed, I am enjoying my journey listening to Rahman’s songs. πŸ™‚ Pachchai KiLigaL – I am listening to it after a long time. I love everything about it – the humming in the beginning, lovely lines like ‘naan innoru piravi unnai petraal innum aanandam’, the interlude/music at around 2 minutes.

Munching a Dairy Milk Eclairs, listening to Jiya Jale ( wonderful beats and flute interludes πŸ™‚ ), cool breeze caressing my face (surprisingly the person sitting next to me has allowed me to keep the window fully open!), pachai kiLigaL ending and MalargaLe playing next and the beats in the song starting just as I finish typing the previous line, I am loving every minute of the bus ride! πŸ™‚ I got into the bus feeling a bit tired but now I feel as though my energy level has shot up ten times! πŸ™‚

As though in sync with my mood, the next song is Akkadanu naanga! Wow! The next one – Andha Arabic! Is there anything better than Rahman himself lending his voice to his own music? πŸ˜‰ Dil Se Re! Oh my God! It feels as though Rahman himself wanted to cheer me up and stop feeling tired! πŸ˜€ It hasn’t stopped yet. Doubling up my happiness is the song Sevvanam now! πŸ™‚

Just as my stop was nearing, Thee Thee started and I had to stop the song midway and get down from the bus. 😦 But, how can I even imagine sleeping without listening to Thee Thee after listening to it halfway? πŸ˜‰ After listening to Thee Thee, Aayo Re Sakhi and Vasishnava Janato, I am now listening to veLLai pookaL. πŸ™‚ Who’s in a mood to sleep now when all one wants to do is listen to Rahman’s songs again and again and again πŸ™‚



  1. Shahool said,

    July 31, 2007 at 12:25 am

    hey cool post da.. keep it going..

  2. Adiya said,

    July 31, 2007 at 12:26 am

    :).. get one iPod. πŸ™‚

  3. SK said,

    July 31, 2007 at 2:28 am

    All songs quoted are great. Evergreen ones. Hits a chord in me everytime I listen.
    >>But, how can I even imagine sleeping without listening to Thee Thee after listening to it halfway?
    I know the feeling.Sometimes I park my car and stay in till the song I am listening to is done before switching off ignition.

    Nice post! :–)

  4. Girish said,

    July 31, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Which is this song ‘Sevvanam’???

    Same pinch…listened to most of the above songs today while travelling to office. Just couldnt switch off my player πŸ™‚

  5. Ramc said,

    July 31, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Wish you to travel a evening bus ride in bangalore roads ;).. Anyway “Antha arabi..,kathal sadugudu..,mellisaiye(Mr.Romeo)…” are really evergreens and brings a cheer , wherever and whenever you listen to them…

  6. Arun said,

    July 31, 2007 at 11:22 am

    hey aparna

    nice post. try listening to a few more gems like “Pennalla Pennalla”, ‘Narumugaiye”,etc. from ARR if you get time.

  7. Arun said,

    July 31, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    I go through your feelings when you here the music, yaa lot of things I also enjoyed, when I got sad mood suddenly I go to a lonely place and here the Music mostly A.R.Rahman, actually I am not interested in music in my beginning days, my native is a smart village, one day I travel in a bus, they play the songs from Roja, when I heart I feel something magic in the music it attract me too, that journey is turns me to listen music. When I read your mail my unforgettable days are come in front of me, thanks a lot to take me to evergreen times, keep on xpress your thoughts about music, and take care bye.

  8. Aparna said,

    July 31, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you

    For now mobile will do πŸ™‚

    Thanks πŸ™‚ That’s great! Without staying in the car after parking, you can even drive for some more distance and come back once the song gets over πŸ˜‰

    Sevvanam is the song from ‘Priyanka’ the movie ‘Pavithra’. It used to come often in Sun Music when it went by the name SCV
    Oh! Same pinch πŸ˜‰

    Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚
    Yes! Mellisaye is one of my favs πŸ™‚

    Thank you. I do listen to those songs often πŸ™‚

    Welcome to my blog! πŸ™‚
    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  9. Curious said,

    July 31, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    True Rahman has many gr8 songs.. but frankly ellathayum maathi maathi ketu thegathi pochu! So back to IR..btw the time I’m done…Rahman will surprise me with a hidden sound somewhere in his many melodies!

  10. Nithya said,

    July 31, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    HE sure does know how to drive ur blues away..
    Listenin to Mayya Mayya now πŸ™‚

  11. July 31, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    I dont know what to say – dumbstruck on seeing this post !! If i have any ways to prove i could …. but for the Dil Se re in Tamil – I have all the songs in the same order in my mobile along with 30 other

    But yeah this is the same listen to when i return from one hectic day at sholinganallur !! and Rahman is god and Rahmantism is already my religion !

  12. July 31, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    btw: try listening to Muppadhu nNimidam from Parasuram – a hidden jewel !!

    Azhagae Sugama, Mudhal Murai from Sangamam are sure to rock -when you are back home in the Bus – esp ECR !!

  13. Sangs said,

    July 31, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Currently,my fav travel song is “New York Nagaram” .Also,”theekuruvi”[i dont really know exactly wat the lyrics are) from “Kangalaal Kaidhu Sei”.i totally enjoyed listening to these two when we went on a trip to austria.The mountains ,the sky,the river flowing parallel to the was freakin’ awesome πŸ™‚

  14. Mahesh said,

    July 31, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    I have not heard most of the songs listed here. So I went and to it all to see what the deal is … now my MP3 player has about a gig and a half MP3’s of ARR stuff. Will need to listen to it slowly ..

    One movie a day I thought. So Sangamam it is. I liked all of ONE song in the movie. Varaha nadhikara oram …melodious!!

    Maybe I need to blog about all this instead of wasting Aparna’s space πŸ™‚

  15. sami said,

    August 1, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    next time add “rythm” songs in the list…esp nathiye and kattre :). nathiye, long journey + rain – sema combination

  16. Aparna said,

    August 1, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    >but frankly ellathayum maathi maathi ketu thegathi pochu!
    You are saying this to the wrong person πŸ˜‰


  17. Aparna said,

    August 1, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    :O Wow!! πŸ™‚ I have these songs in my mobile along with some 50 others πŸ™‚
    Well, I too return from Sholinganallur only! πŸ™‚
    “Rahman is god!” – Agreed πŸ˜‰
    A very big thanks to you for suggesting the Muppadhu Nimidam song! I liked it a lot! πŸ™‚ Haven’t listened to it properly before. I saw your comment yesterday, then transferred Muppadhu Nimidam and Mudhal Murai to my mobile (I already had Azhage Sugama) and guess what?? I started listening to it midway through ECR in the morn and didn’t stop till I got down πŸ˜€

  18. Aparna said,

    August 1, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Wow! That must have been a great experience! πŸ™‚

    That’s great! Hope you become a Rahman fan soon πŸ˜‰
    Can’t wait to read your blog πŸ˜‰

    Will do that πŸ™‚ I like Kaatre and Thaniye more than Nathiye. Btw, your comment reminds me of my trip to Kerala when Rhythm had just got released and it was raining heavily in Kerala and we were listening to Rhythm songs non-stop while travelling πŸ™‚

  19. Ponnarasi.K said,

    August 1, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    πŸ™‚ Thee thee is one of my fav 2 ….

    @ times i will nt get bored even after listening to it repeatedly πŸ˜€

  20. Mahesh said,

    August 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Aparna and the rest if you can be bothered ….

    Head over here.


  21. sami said,

    August 1, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    //off topic to the post
    so much of big yellow dots in this page(talking about smileys).
    Major contribution from the author.
    adding one more to it πŸ˜€

  22. August 1, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    i have the discography of rahman’s tamil compositions … and im looking for a 2 GB card – soon 50 other should be 100 other !! πŸ™‚

    muppathu nimidam is certainly an hidden jewel – fantastic Song !!

  23. Aparna said,

    August 1, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    That’s nice

    Happy blogging! πŸ™‚

    I realized it after posting my last comment in this page! Of late I seem to be using smileys a bit too much! Here’s one more: 😐

    I am in the process of making mine 100+ right now! πŸ™‚

  24. August 1, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    ahaaaaa… starting from three songs of your post the list has grown huge and all the masterpieces of Rahman are getting listed..heres one more (there seems to be a lot of one mores – songs, smiley’s πŸ™‚ .. his Thai Manne Vanakkam is my ALL TIME favorite..while most of ARR’s songs are master piece this one is above and more than that… his songs just fill you soul… but thai manne vanakkam can fill the body, soul and mind.. it even gets you so much of physical energy.. thats the power of the song.. as srikrishna said Rahman is god of music and I also liked how Rahmantism(though i would prefer rahmanism) is a religion.. it truly is a religion by the sheer number of comments for this single post.. when he can be god why not a religion? thanks for your post getting to realise so much more of The God of Music…..

  25. Aparna said,

    August 1, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Some songs do have that effect on you! Has been a long time since I listened to Thai Manne Vanakkam (I prefer the Tamil one to Hindi).
    I prefer Rahmania to Rahmantism or Rahmanism after all, aren’t there so many Rahmaniacs? πŸ˜‰

  26. ranjhith said,

    August 2, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Looks like a live blogcast with no Advertisements. πŸ™‚ Good one. But the “stop” came too fast. πŸ™‚

  27. August 2, 2007 at 10:20 am

    100+ hmmmm ….I give up – i dont have any more to say !! ll get back to you soon !!

  28. Aparna said,

    August 2, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

    ok expecting you to get back soon!

  29. chiroti said,

    August 6, 2007 at 10:59 am

    πŸ™‚ Good. That’s the way to enjoy your journey. This is what I do whenever I drive down or travel in bus. Not ARR always..;) But the music that I like…and that’s a huge variety…:)

  30. Aparna said,

    August 6, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    πŸ™‚ Me too not ARR always. Mine is a mix of ARR and Carnatic. It was by chance that only ARR songs played on that day πŸ˜‰

  31. yasmeen said,

    August 2, 2008 at 8:54 am

    I had only listened his Hindi/Urdu songs, but after I watched his CD of shows, I sometimes tune in to a Tamil radio in Toronto and most of the times it plays A R Rahman. I dont know the language, yet the music is so wonderful. English, Hindi, Tamil, folk, modern and now this new one from Jane tu ya jane na which is jazz.Wow! he is a gold mine of new ideas. He once said in his interview that “i get bored easily and if I cant listen to something I dont want my audience to listen to it either” hence he is climbing mountain after mountain of new genres.

  32. yasmeen said,

    August 2, 2008 at 8:56 am

    How is it possible to get EVERYTHING he has ever composed or sung? There are hardly any CDs of his non filmy music. Is there a website where I can get the complete list of his compositions/songs.

  33. Kabilan said,

    September 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    A.R.R was great music director around the world. He is only the music rock. He is music is totally different between the other music director. India got great guy.

  34. lawrence77 said,

    March 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

    rahman always roocks!

  35. lawrence77 said,

    March 7, 2009 at 10:06 am

    for this magic only he got 2 oscars! πŸ™‚

  36. badrilogaram said,

    August 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    proud to be an Indian sir arr

  37. badrilogaram said,

    August 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    AR RAHMAN was a music master of all music

  38. badrilogaram said,

    August 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm


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