Welcoming Rahman's move, Indian-American leader Rajan Zed said this would create more avenues to spread Indian music in the world and more opportunities for musicians of the West to indulge in the richness of musical traditions of India. Rahman launched his first studio for mixing/recording music in Chennai in 1992. Starting piano training at age four, he began working at 11 as a keyboardist with a music troupe.
His about 3,000 square-foot recording studio in Chennai named A. M. Studios and described as a "tranquil oasis", is developed by "Studio 440" of Hollywood (USA) and took about three years to finish, whose skillful design blends traditional materials with modern technology. Rahman, who has reportedly recorded sales of over 300 million, was called the "Mozart of Madras" by Time magazine. Rahman sees music "as a way to connect to spirituality and embrace it" and for "creating harmony in troubled times".