It’s almost official now. The startling musical journey of A. R. Rahman maestro in an autobiography. Has now been chronicled by the maestro in an autobiography.
In Tamil and English, Rahman’s self-revelations to be published by Penguin will appear later this year after he finishes his current world tour and gets the time to put finishing touches to his startling tale, so far.
The autobiography was apparently commissioned by Penguin right after the Oscar triumph. Both, Rahman and sound designer Resul Pookutty, who won Oscars for their work in Slumdog Millionaire, were asked to put together their life stories, so far.
While Resul acted swiftly, making time in the midst of his various projects to pen down his tale, Rahman, over-committed and unable to cope with his schedules is somewhat behind schedule with his biography.
Resul’s autobiography in his native tongue, Malayalam, and in English is ready for release. While Rahman chooses to remain silent on his autobiography until closer to release, Resul confirms on behalf of both of them.
Says Resul, “Both A R Rahman and I were asked to write our autobiographies after the Oscars. The Malayalam version of my autobiography entitled ‘Sabdatharapadham’ (meaning, The Sound of the Milky Way) is being released on May 13 in Mumbai. The English version will release a little later.”
Resul’s co-partners in the Oscars victory, Gulzar and Rahman, would also be present. The book would be released by the Governor of Maharashtra, K Sankaranarayan.
Unfortunately Resul’s favourite entertainment icon, Amitabh Bachchan, won’t be able to make it .“But Amitji will be releasing the English version of my book,” promises Resul.
-Subhash K. Jha / Sampurn Wire