Who really is A.R. Rahman? We know the music. But do we know the man? For the first time, in Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman by Krishna Trilok, our national pride—winner of National Film Awards, Academy Awards, Grammys and hearts—opens up about his philosophies: hope, perseverance, positivity and love.
From his early days as a composer of advertisement jingles to his first big break into feature films, from his keenness to integrate new technology with a good old-fashioned music to the founding of his music school, from his resounding entry on the international stage to his directorial debut, from his philanthropy to his inner life, Notes of a Dream captures the nostalgia, the drama and the extraordinary success story of A.R. Rahman.
As Danny Boyle poignantly writes in his foreword, ‘His talent is matched by his appetite, his modesty and his generosity. All surrendered to the troubadour mentality; we are at the service of the music.’
Penguin Random House India will publish this book—featuring intimate interviews with the man himself, as well as anecdotes from key people from his life—in August 2018.
On the occasion of the publication of the book, A.R. Rahman says, ‘There is no composition greater or more beautiful than life. Life is a song we compose through our choices and what we give. All these years, you've known me through my music. Now I look forward to you reading about who I am, and the story of where I am going.’
Biographer Krishna Trilok says, ‘We all dream of living a life that will in some way touch the world around us positively. And we constantly look to those who have done this for guidance. It is my honour to share the life story of one of India’s biggest stars—a story that is graceful and inspiring proof of the power of love, talent and hard work.’
Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘This is a coup for Penguin Random House, the first authorized biography of India’s musical superstar, and we are delighted to be the publishers of this book.’
Manasi Subramaniam, Senior Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House India, says, ‘When I read the first draft of this manuscript, I put on my headphones and started listening to my favourite Rahman songs. From Rahman’s early days to his big break to his leap into international stardom, Krishna Trilok captures it all with the rhythm and melody, the ups and downs, of a terrific soundtrack by the man himself. This book is somehow a combination of a nostalgia trip, a musical journey and a warm, affectionate glimpse into the mind and heart of one of the greatest virtuosos of our time.’
Sandhya Sridhar of Zuna Literary Agency, which represents author Krishna Trilok, says, ‘Writing the life story of an icon like Mr A.R. Rahman would be a challenge for any writer. Krishna has managed to bring him close to the reader as never before.’
Krishna Trilok lives in Chennai. His first book Sharikrida was a fantasy novel. This is his first work of non-fiction.