Nurture Indie music in India: A R Rahman

Veteran music composer A R Rahman says independent and English music have always been the underdogs in India, and that they need to be helped and nurtured in the coming years.

Speaking at an event recently, “I think nothing is wrong with film music. It is beautiful but it has been commissioned like that, there you have to write for a situation and those are limited, but I think here the whole universe is your imagination.”

Rahman said indie music inspires film music. “Sometimes, indie music actually inspires movies and I want that to happen. I want a song from indie music to go in film music. It is not a compulsion, but I feel people’s mind should never be closed. You should trigger the imagination of a common man and that can only happen when you are not restricted in your imagination that you should only write for this actor, actress, story or the director. But here, you can talk about anything.”

When asked Rahman whether future of independent artistes is going to get bright in India, he said: “The future is always bright. We actually create the future. All of us create the future. We are trying to create a market here for them, but for that, you need to take a first step and I think tiny steps are already there”

“I am not denying that people aren’t working towards this. I think we should collectively come and make this as a success.”

M BHARAT KUMAR