For 15 years from 1977 to 1992 it seemed as though there was only one music director for South Indian films – Maestro Ilayaraaja. When Mani decided to make Roja, he was looking for a new music director, for the first time, after a fallout with Ilayaraja who had been part of all of Mani’s films previously. Roja released on Aug 15th 1992. The previously unknown music director, A.R.Rahman became an overnite sensation after that and there has been no looking back ever since. Today is Rahman’s birthday and I wanted to wish him for his immense contribution to music – introducing new vocal talent, innovations in sound, taking Indian film music to newer heights and above all being extremely humble after having achieved so much….Hats off to you A.R.Rahman (yes, it is coming from a hard-core Ilayaraja fan) and wish you a very happy birthday!!