May 16, 2009

A proper test of Time (amended)

I don't normally read Time Magazine, but I was amazed by at least one of the names that made their 2009 "Time 100" list of influential people:

It's A.R. Rahman. The man who recently claimed two Oscars™ (and a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe) for his musical offerings in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire. He's listed at number 59.

And here's how he got there, as actress Padma Lakshmi explains it for Time:

In India, a country of a billion inhabitants, where film and pop music are one, A.R. Rahman, 43, dominates the music industry so totally that he has supplied the soundtrack for a whole generation… a veritable Pied Piper, he has shaped modern India's music for more than a decade. Now the 'Mozart of Madras' has the world's foot tapping along with him.


Do a search for his discs on Amazon.com alone and see how many discs, most of them movie soundtracks, come up. It's a list that includes films as different as Dil Se…, Ashutosh Gowariker's Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar, and more recent commercial fare such as Delhi–6, Ghajini, and Yuvvraaj.

Oh, yes: Screen's Top Ten Audio list for Bollywood CDs has the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack at No. 1 (it's on T–Series in India, but Universal–Interscope in the States).

Just color me impressed. Very impressed.

(This is an amended post to include the link to the Time website. I didn't have a chance to update things until now. Many apologies to everyone.)

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