When I was in college all those years ago, I would spend my Saturday afternoons in my best friend’s house. Her mother whom I called Kasturi aunty, was a teacher in a school in Chennai, where we lived.
Kasturi aunty used to speak to us about some of her students.
One of her favourite students was a young boy, who was a wizard at playing the key board. She described his prowess at making soul lifting music on the keyboard and would always end her story of the boy by saying:
“Mark my words, this boy will go places.”
“One of these days, he is going to become a renowned musician.”
“He will become very famous when he grows up.”
But after a few years, the boy discontinued from her school for unforeseen reasons. She later heard that he had joined another school in Chennai itself. She felt for the boy and wished him well in her heart.
In the year 1992, when my sons and I sat before the television watching a special telecast on Independence day, the lilting music of a song wafted across the screen and filled our rooms and our hearts with the song, “Chinna Chinna Aasai” from the Tamil film Roja.
A musician was born. No. Discovered!
My father called me from his house, even as the song was being telecast, “Are you watching TV? Are you seeing this Channel? What a song! Who is the musician?”
Soon “Who is the music composer of the film, Roja?” was on everybody’s lips.
Kasturi aunty jumped with elation.
“It is him. My student,” she said taking pride in a student as only a teacher could.
The young musician showcased his brilliance in film after film and soon he became a byword in the music industry.
IN 2009, when he held aloft the two Oscars and said in all humility, “All praise be to God”, Kasturi aunty was not alive to witness the jubilation that rocked our hearts.
But I am sure, she would have been the happiest person in all of India, had she been alive, because she had predicted this a long time ago.
I don’t have to mention, that the person I am talking about is our very own music sensation, the Mozart of Madras, Isai Puyal... A.R.Rahman!
Story by Gulsum Basheer@talkalittledo
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