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It sure does give me a lot of pride to find someone from Chennai on the cover of a book, especially when it talks about great artistes who have changed the face of India.
Icons From The World of Arts, written by Ranjitha Ashoka, has a sketch of A.R.Rahman on its cover. As the name suggests, the book is said to be a tribute to all these icons who have done India proud with their dedication to their art. Every chapter begins with a sketch of the artiste being profiled in it. M.S.Subbalakshmi, MF Hussain, Zakir Hussain, Amjad Alo Khan, Lata Mangeshkar and A.R.Rahman are the among the few legends who find place in this piece of work.
There is however one doubt which arises. Am not complaining here, but could there be any special reason why Rahman made it to the cover ahead of the likes of M.S.Subbalakshmi and Lata Mangeshkar? Is it because his albums now have an international audience? Is it because he is making the world look up to India right now? Or is it just that he is just popular and is part of marketing strategy?
Wish I had written this in TFMPage. Nothing like IR Vs ARR! :)