Present at the launch were Rahman’s close family and his friends from the film industry which includes Ashutosh Gowariker, Ram Gopal Varma, Subhash Ghai, Imtiaz Ali, Govind Nihalani, Shyam Benegal, Javed Akhtar and Shivamani.
After the launch when Rahman was asked if there was anything special in this book, the music maestro stated that the most memorable part of his life is mentioned in his biography.
“Everything related to my life is special to me. But yes, the most memorable part in my life was 1989, a turning point in life. I finally got my own studio, but the only problem was that it was empty. There was no equipment in it. I would be sad and often go and sit there wondering how I would fill it up. I needed Rs. 4 lakhs which is equivalent to Rs. 4 crore today.
“My mother came to my rescue. She sold of all the gold jewellery that she'd kept for my sisters wedding. And with that money I bought my first Fostex 16-track mixer/recorder. Life changed for me,” stated Rahman.
'A. R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music’ explores music
The music maestro, who made history for having won two coveted Academy Awards, thanked his family and friends from the music world after his favorite director Mani Ratnam unveiled the book at the launch.
However, when the 45-year-old musician was asked if it wasn’t too early to have a biography, Rahman stated, “No. I started working from the age of 11 and that's a long time back. The book explores the spirit of music, which is my being and I love to talk about it.”
Nasreen took four years to complete the book
The biography which took Nasreen four years to complete was written by sometimes interacting with the maestro in person and at times by means of video conferencing.
Nasreen has included interesting pictures in the biography that comes with a music CD.