Musician AR Rahman, who is among the most decorated living performers in India, has adopted a new way of keeping his voice in top form. He said in a recent interview that he has started singing his prayers, and has also advised his son to do the same.
In an interview with The Hindu, Rahman said that even after all these years, he can’t shake off the stress before taking to the stage. He said that he enjoys playing music more than singing. “When I have to sing, I’m very careful about pronunciation, keeping a smile on my face, and so on. We are always under tight schedules and pressure,” he said.
Talking about his new strategy to keep his voice in perfect shape, he said, “These days, I sing at home every day. We all mutter the words randomly during our prayers, without noticing the pitch or tune. But I realised recently that God is watching us when we pray, so why not be in tune all the time? This is a very important change that happened in my life a couple of years ago since the lockdown. So I sing my daily prayers as well as I possibly can, and this is excellent practice; I told my son also to follow this as it helps us stay in form.”