KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 (Bernama) — Legendary Indian composer AR Rahman has called on young and aspiring composers to stay true to their individuality and use their uniqueness to make meaningful contributions to the music industry and beyond.

The Oscar winner, who was in town for an exclusive meet and greet with fans ahead of his upcoming concert at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on July 27, also acknowledged the growing awareness of mental health issues and the different ways in which artists can make a difference.

“Don’t follow anyone. You can learn from everyone, see and observe everyone, but you have something very unique in you because you were raised in a very different way. Your parents are different. Your environment is different. Your taste is different. Your intellect is different. Your friends are different.

“There are so many different ways to stand out and help. So if you fill the void, you are successful,” he said during a fan meeting held last night at Menara PGRM.

Rahman responded to a fan’s question about how he sees the evolution of music in the digital age and what advice he would give to young composers who want to make a meaningful impact on today’s music industry.

Rahman encouraged young musicians to avoid conformity and mediocrity.

“Don’t be the sheep. Be the tiger,” he said, advising young composers to engage in endeavors that benefit humanity.

Rahman recounted his unique and memorable meetings with legendary pop icon Michael Jackson and said they had deep conversations about music and world peace, with Jackson expressing genuine admiration for Rahman’s work.

Rahman fondly remembers how Jackson introduced him to his children in 2009 and how an emotional bond was formed, just months before Jackson’s death.

During the event, Rahman, who performed his first concert in Malaysia in 1996, was presented with a beautifully crafted batik shirt, symbolizing Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage.

A special segment saw organizers, sponsors and partners invited on stage for a confetti-popping celebration, wishing for a successful show ahead. A highlight of the evening was a surprise heart-shaped card prepared by fans, expressing their deep admiration and love for Rahman.

“Rahman Live in Kuala Lumpur 2024”, co-presented by Thamarai Jewels and SRM International Real Estate LLC and organised by Star Planet, will feature Rahman’s iconic hits and much-loved songs enhanced by exceptional visual and audio production.

Tickets for the concert are priced between RM98 and RM1,288, with several ticket categories already sold out. For more information, visit


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