The A.R. Rahman no one has yet told you about

The genius of A.R. Rahman—-audible to South Indian music fans for 18 years now, and today globally heard thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is the full name of the organisation that issues the golden statuettes called the Oscars™—has been remarkable for how little is known about the craft of the man.

How does he create the sounds that so few music composers have? How does he pick unheard-of singers and thrust them into the limelight? How does he record? How many takes and retakes does he do? How many members of his orchestra are around? How much of a perfectionist is he? How much of a strict stentorian?

These and other trivia, of such great interest to music fans but so artfully hidden from the world, come through in two Jaya TV interviews with singers Karthik and Benny Dayal who had the good fortune of being picked up from the crowd by Rehman and having the first of their millions coming their way. And in the third, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam reveals a little known facet about a very, very famous song.