Academy Award Winner AR Rahman opened up at Dalai Lama’s Historic One World event.It was was held at Syracuse University, 9th of October and saw influential personalities across the globe share their views on peace, spreading spirituality.
Rahman came across as a humble and honest,as he introduced himself “It’s a big honor to be here today. My life journey has been a very interesting one. I lost my father at the age of 9. My mother was a homemaker. I discovered what life was at that time. I went through a phase where I felt there was no God. Then I found the Sufi path and spirituality. I became very satisfied and content as a result and much of my music from 1991 to 2000 reflects that. When 9/11 happened I started asking questions about world peace and educated myself on the topic. I discovered that people all over the world basically have the same aspirations for love and family. I have three kids and what do I teach them? I teach them not to discriminate between rich and poor or between people of different races and religions. If we disrespect others, we disrespect humanity.” Rahman further said, “Giving is fantastic. When you have expectations then you feel selfish, small and dark. I am a musician. When some people come to me without money for a song sometimes, I still do it for them. But there are certain strings attached to my profession. If allowed, I would be doing music for free.” The talk was followed by Dalai Lama’s Historic One World Concert that saw international artists including Dave Matthews, Nelly Furtado,Swizz Beats, Natasha Bedingfield, Nas , Matisyahu and Rahman himself perform LIVE.Check out the pic of Rahman and Dave Matthews hanging out together.