“Often, my work keeps me up throughout the night because it’s best to concentrate and orchestrate in the silence of the night. At the same time, I try not to miss my morning prayers. I usually get up in the wee hours of dawn to pray.
Morning prayers hold a special significance for me. It is this time when I completely surrender to the Almighty. A lot of grace flows into one’s life at this time. It is during these serene morning hours that one comes closest to the Omnipresent One. God, for me, is the source of limitless energy that fuels creativity in every human being. It is best tapped in the early hours of dawn.
At the same time, it is important for everyone to have at least 5-6 hours of undisturbed sleep. So if I work through the night, I simply go off to sleep in the wee hours. Then I get up by about 11 am or so and have my breakfast. Steaming idlis and sambar with coffee make for a good start.
If I am in LA, I prepare my own breakfast: two slices of toast and omelette and some fresh fruit juice. Good food is a great creativity booster for me. If my day begins well, I can manage the most hectic schedule quite smoothly.”
(AR Rahman: Music composer, winner of the National Award, Academy Award and Grammy Award)
(As told to Sugandha Indulkar)