Creating a distinct style of music and mesmerizing people world over for more than a decade is something that only A R Rahman could do. It’s a success story that can inspire and motivate you to reach your own goals. The man with exceptional musical skills also has numerous awards to his credit, including a Grammy award (for Slumdog Millionaire) and seems to be born for music.
When the time came for A.R. Rahman’s marriage to be discussed, the maestro was decidedly clear on the type of girl he wanted to marry and spend the rest of his life with, and he made his terms clear to his mother, Kareema Begum and left the rest up to her. His wishes were simple and threefold:
- His wife had to be educated; something that Rahman did not get to fulfil completely in his quest for musical perfection
- She had to be beautiful (the maestro’s definition of beauty)
- And most of all and most importantly, she had to have a lot of humility
The girl that Rahman’s mother had found turned out to be Meher, sister of Rahman’s wife-to-be Saira. Meher would later go on to marry film star and the musical maestro’s namesake, Rahman. Not only was she beautiful, she was also one of the most humble and down-to-earth people that anyone could have hoped for, as evidenced by the fact that she has shied away from the limelight all throughout her superstar husband’s rise to fame and beyond.
The Strongest Of Bonds
Their true strength of Rahman affection and the love that they share was on rare display at the Oscars in 2009, where Rahman would go on stage to collect two well-deserved awards for his work on Danny Boyle’s magnum opus, Slumdog Millionaire.
An interesting Event
An interesting anecdote tells us of how Rahman and Saira had a conversation before their marriage when Rahman told her in unequivocal terms that “if we have planned dinner and a song comes up, we will have to ditch the dinner.” Turns out, Saira had no qualms about her husband-to-be’s commitment and dedication to his craft, and the two were hitched in March of 1995 when Rahman was 27 and Saira 21.
We would like to wish the wonderful couple and family all the very best as they continue to inspire us and set an example as to what a true supporter and loving relationship has to be like.