Why is A.R.Rahman excited about Yuvan, Imman, GV and Anirudh?


By Kaushik L M

The Mozart of Madras, A.R.Rahman is widely regarded as the pride of Indian music and he is seen as the perfect ambassador from an Indian music perspective. He generally lets his work do the talking and doesn’t blow his own trumpet in the media. You don’t get any fancy headline grabbing words from Rahman but instead people are literally addicted to his music as a way of life.

Recently, Rahman made an exception and opened out to a leading media house for an interactive little session where he talked about a wide range of topics starting from his personal life, to his music college, to his film works and also some of his contemporary music composers in the country.

While he expressed his total admiration for Ilayaraja’s musical genius and his discipline towards his art, Rahman also had some encouraging words to say about the younger crop of composers who are shining under Rahman’s watchful eye.

Yuvan Shankar Raja, Imman, G.V.Prakash and Anirudh earned a mention from the great man. “Opportunities and avenues have opened up, unlike a few decades back when most of the offers were locked up with a few composers” The wizard was very excited about the current crop of musical talent.

This set our minds thinking and we started from what Rahman said about these composers and decided to analyze how the current day hotshot composers came into the industry and slowly but surely established their own unique sound and niche.

Yuvan Shankar Raja had to live up to his family legacy and there was heavy expectation from fans and industry alike, on how this youngster would fare. Since his initial years, Yuvan has gradually climbed up the ladder and now with a huge fan base to boot, he can be termed the ‘best of both worlds’ as he has mastered electronic techno music and is also very proficient at composing classical melodies in the typical Raja mold.

Harris Jayaraj is known for his pleasing and soft melody numbers while also experimenting with the odd ‘gaana’ numbers, now and then. His hit ratio is something out of reach for the other composers and big projects continue to visit Harris Jayaraj’s doorstep consistently. 

G.V.Prakash has achieved quite a lot in the 7 odd years that he has been in the field as a composer and his association with the likes of Anurag Kashyap ought to take him to the next level. G.V.Prakash has a thing for classical melodies and his many hits are proof of this youngster’s caliber.

Imman specializes in folk based melodies and peppy tracks with foot-tapping percussion. Mynaa has come to identify his brand of music with Kumki taking him to the next level. Some of his recent hits of Desingu Raja and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam (VVS) further established his brand of music.

Anirudh seems to understand the pulse of today’s youth perfectly, and youngsters swear by Anirudh’s music. Be it electronic dance tracks or ‘soup’ songs or trendy melody numbers, Anirudh is the new darling of countdown charts. Sky is the limit for this 22 year old.

Devi Sri Prasad is known for his high-on-energy numbers and his typically ‘desi’ songs are generally high on rhythm. Thaman and Vijay Anthony have flourished in the commercial ‘masala’ music space in the Telugu and Tamil industries respectively, with their own templates and distinct sounds.

Ghibran has made a mark as someone who has an ear for something different and out-of-the-box. Melodies are his forte and trust him to venture into uncharted territories.

Santhosh Narayanan with hits like Pizza and Soodhu Kavvum, has fans who can readily identify his tracks, and that makes it a good start for this bearded youngster.

Other than these established names, we also have many other youngsters with plenty of promise, and the likes of Sathya and Dharan will be noted with interest. Late bloomers such as James Vasanthan and N.R.Raghunanthan are also very much in the fray.

Among the newcomers, K with Mugamoodi and Aarohanam, Rajesh Murugesan with Neram, Arrora with Kalyana Samayal Saadham and Madley Blues with Sutta Kadai have shown that they have what it takes to be innovative.

With such a wide talent pool plying their trade at the same time in Tamil cinema, no doubt ‘Isai Puyal’ A.R.Rahman is excited !



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