A.R. Rahman and his “Unsung Heroes”
I personally think that it’s not fair to question an ARR fan’s loyalty. There are different levels of loyalty i.e. the extent of, promoting ARR music, promoting ARR philosophy, etc. If someone asked Rahman Ji if he rather prefer his fans promoting his music blindly or giving him constructive criticisms then it might not be easy as the concept of true fans giving criticisms seems a joke. Most of us probably promote certain songs even if we are only partially satisfied with them. But it’s really important to understand the connection between promotion and feedback (I dislike using the word criticism as it normally has a negative connotation).
Just like other contributors in this group I too sometimes get carried away and act as if I know ARR personally but whilst most of us here are having interesting discussions here and there, somebody somewhere is actually using Rahman Ji’s music for its true potential and worth.
These “Unsung Heros” who don’t spend much time on forums, online, blogs, etc. execute a great deal of action but sadly don’t get acknowledgement or credit they deserve primarily because they don’t feel the need to gloat online. Please don’t get me wrong and I’m not implying that there lots of fans in this group who wear the pride of an ARR fan on their sleeve.
I witnessed this “Unsung Hero” at work yesterday. I’ve been asked to do night shifts at my work (Care Home) recently and my colleague, the night nurse who co-incidentally is Tamil usually plays Rahman Ji tunes on shuffle in her room. I can hear these tunes when I pass by. (I haven’t had the guts to approach her and talk about Rahman Ji yet). I think I witnessed history yesterday night, as there was a resident screaming and shouting probably due to pain or discomfort and this night nurse walks around with her blackberry phone with Rahman Ji’s music playing lightly on it. When she entered this residents room where I too was present, “Anbendra” had come on and shortly after this the resident had calmed down and started smiling. Magic? I don’t think so! Rahman Ji’s music certainly has divine power which because we hear often take it for granted. We are fortunate to hear such compositions. The resident who was in pain is of English origin, can’t speak but to see the transformation smile that “Anbendra” brought with it to her made me realise there are so many other people out there using Rahman Ji’s music for therapeutic purposes. The connection between promotion and feedback is about that moment of time and not how the two are done over period of time.
I don’t know how much I can say to express my gratitude to these “Unsung Heroes”. Thank you is not enough! I salute A.R. Rahman and his “Unsung Heroes”.
PS. I know there are many stories like this that other contributors have witnessed. It would be nice if you could share some?