A.R. Rahman, a name of a legend that needs no introduction. His widespread fame travels far and wide across the world. He is a great musician, an internationally renowned singer as well as an Oscar-winning music composer. He is an inspiration to many.

Born in Madras, India as R.S Dileep Kumar (later adopted Islam), Rahman is one of the world’s all-time best-selling recording artists with an estimated 200 million units sold. In a notable two-decade career, he is lauded for redefining contemporary Indian film music and contributing to the success of several films. Rahman has become a renowned humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for many causes and charities.

His father R. K. Shekhar was conductor and film-score composer for Malayalam and Tamil. Rahman supported his father in the studio, playing the keyboard. He has not only mesmerised the world with his music but also won hearts with his down to earth nature.

Here are a few gems from the incredibly talented musician.

#1. Your best success comes after your greatest disappointment.

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#2. All my life I have had a choice of hate and love. I chose love and I am here.

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#3. Be original and find your inner voice. The rest will follow.

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#4. You can’t be without passion. Passion means the possessiveness to be the best.

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#5. When you do something with a lot of honesty. Appetite and commitment, the input reflects the output.

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#6. I love the voice it’s the most perfect instrument ever heard. It’s God given.

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#7. No regrets. There is no time for that. Regret is boring.

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#8. I want to go beyond the restrictions of language, religion and caste, and music is the only thing that allows me to do that.

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#9. The search is more important than the destination.

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#10. If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work

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