AR Rahman, having won some of the most prestigious awards in the field of music, doesn't have to prove anything more.
But the musician, known for his down-to-earth nature, has admitted that his compositions take time to sink in before it gets appreciated. Interestingly, if there is one common complaint pertaining to Rahman's music from music lovers, it is this.
A common man may not like Rahman's music when he listens to it for the first time. But after listening to it multiple times he may develop a liking towards his music (you can love or hate, but cannot ignore his music).
Is there an explanation behind this phenomenon, where it might be difficult to like what Rahman has to offer straightaway?
Let's consider his latest album in Tamil. Suriya's 24 houses some fantastic songs. But to be honest, even I thought the album was pretty ordinary when it revealed itself for the first time.
What a grave mistake that was! I realized the mastery of each and every song after listening to them more than once.
'Mei Nigara' for example, not only does satisfy the movie's situational requirement, but is also a treat to every music lover.
The song is treated using western instruments (in fact, any American pop star would be proud of it). Having said that, it is a pure classical piece at its heart. If you can take out all the western aspects of the song, you might be listening to something similar to a Thyagaraja Bhagavathar's classic.
So why does it take us time to understand and enjoy Rahman's music to the fullest as soon as it is made available? Well, my guess is that not everyone who is listening to his music is as good as the musician himself.