I use crit­i­cism as a process to get bet­ter, says AR Rahman

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal

Mu­sic com­poser AR Rahman is quite op­ti­mistic about the surge of in­de­pen­dent mu­sic in In­dia. “The past three years have been a great process, and a lot of artists have come up, and are get­ting the at­ten­tion that they de­serve. I have also pro­moted a few artists, on so­cial me­dia, and with me dur­ing live shows,” Rahman told us, while he was pro­mot­ing his film, One Heart, in Delhi, re­cently. But the 50-year-old com­poser has a piece of ad­vice for up­com­ing mu­si­cians. He wants them to com­pose mu­sic in their “na­tive” lan­guage. “I have done two al­bums in­de­pen­dently. Both of them have been in English. But if my sec­ond al­bum, In­fi­nite Love, has a mil­lion hits on Youtube, an al­bum in a na­tive lan­guage will have 10 mil­lion hits in two days,” he says. “There’s noth­ing wrong if you make it in English. But mak­ing songs in one’s na­tive lan­guage will help one get at­ten­tion,” adds Rahman. The Os­car-win­ning com­poser warns mu­si­cians against get­ting af­fected by harsh crit­i­cism. “Things have be­come worse now, and more dan­ger­ous, with peo­ple on Twit­ter and Face­book. But then, I use it as a process, and don’t get af­fected by it any­more. So, for ex­am­ple, [if] I make a song that peo­ple don’t like, I ar­range it dif­fer­ently and make sure that peo­ple like it,” he says.

Things have be­come worse now, and more dan­ger­ous, with peo­ple on Twit­ter and Face­book AR RAHMAN, SINGER AND MU­SIC COM­POSER

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