On the occasion of World Music Day, A.R. Rahman shared the video on his YouTube channel and dedicated it to singer Sukhwinder Singh. Recalling the partnership they have shared for nearly 25 years, Rahman said that they first wrote Bulle Shah’s poem together for the film Takshak, which was later changed to “Chaya Chaiya” for Dil Se.
Rahman recalled that one of his most popular songs, “Slumdog Millionaire” “Jai Ho”, received a huge contribution from Sukhwinder, but he forgot to thank the singers (Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash) as he received the trophy Oscar for the song.
“When I thanked everyone at the Oscars, I missed the names of the singers because of all this chaos in my head. And I’m very grateful to Sukhwinder Singh who sang the title part. Sukhwinder’s unique voice took the song to a new level. Undoubtedly. I am very grateful to him for his patience, love and his musicianship,” he said.
Rahman added, “There is a drifter feel to some of the artists. Some artists cannot be given a line or a border, and Sukhwinder is just such an artist. It is always caused by boundless energy.”
A.R. Rahman won an Oscar and a Grammy for Jai Ho.