Composer A.R. Rahman plans to be out of India for the longest period for a series of world concerts and says he is not thinking about any other work for the next few months.
â€œItâ€™s a very tough schedule for me this year. Iâ€™ll be out of the country for five months, which Iâ€™ve kept aside completely for the word tour,â€ Rahman told IANS.
The concerts will take Rahman to places he has never been before.
â€œI essentially need time for my music, spirituality and family. Everything else is secondary. Weâ€™ll be going to remote places in Europe, the Far East and America. Iâ€™ll be touring from this month (March 2010). This would be my longest tour ever and Iâ€™m not thinking of any other work,â€ said the composer.
Rahman admits time management is a problem.
â€œBut you have to prioritise your time and do what you must. For example, I know Iâ€™ve to be away for five months this year. So itâ€™d be foolish of me to commit myself to anything until I finish my concerts.â€
Rahman says itâ€™s a blessing to work out of his home.
â€œMy family is always around me. I think thatâ€™s what keeps me creatively charged. When I travel, I crave to return. My kids are growing up. Itâ€™s important that they see their father regularly. Or theyâ€™ll soon start calling me uncle.â€
Rahman has just done a soundtrack for a Tamil film directed by Gautam Menon.
â€œThen Iâ€™ve Mani Ratnamâ€™s Raavan and Abbas Tyrewalaâ€™s 1-800-Love Also Shekhar Kapoorâ€™s Paani, which is a very important film. But with the world tour on, will I have the time?â€
Clarifying doubts about his age, he said: â€œI was born in 1967, so itâ€™s my 43rd birthday (in January this year). I am an old man now. Do I feel older? Itâ€™s a good feeling. Iâ€™m heading towards the place where all of us are destined to. You are born and then one day you die. So my policy in life is to do what I want to do today, not tomorrow. If I want to do good things in life I better do them now.â€