Today is August 15th and on this day in 1992 Mani Ratnam’s Roja released. Along with the film arrived a new sound that awed one and all throughout the country. In the next thirty years, this music will unite India the way only cricket often does. Today marks 30 years since AR Rahman broke out. His growth was tremendous and quick, he transcended borders within India first and then made a mark internationally as well earning two Academy awards in the process.
We at The Other Banana thought that this calls for a special episode on growing up with AR Rahman. We have two special guests joining us for the episode.
Arjun Nair is a music producer, music director, voice artist and part of the A Cappella group Voctronica. Their most popular cover, among others, was a medley of Rahman songs titled Evolution of AR Rahman. You can listen to it here.
Meher Manda is a writer, educator and culture critic based in the USA. The episode was originally her idea and we almost instantly decided to record it and she brought Arjun on board.
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Aditya who also edited the episode