I, for some weird sentimental reason, never ask the name of the movie I am singing for. I eventually find it. And yes, I have missed a lot of work like that.
I think its something that started off with Kannathil Muthamittal. I did not dare ask the name. I was just too plain damn scared to say or ask anything to either Rahman sir or Mani sir. I was seeing my dream play out and the person I had worshipped all through was right in front of me teaching me how to sing. And anyway, at that time, I had no clue whether I would ever find my name in print on the cassette.
And I do not ask voluntarily, unless I find the name of the movie on the lyric sheet. Or I somehow guess. And now that I work with Aahaa FM, sometimes, I get to see the Audio CD before it hits the market.
And This is the one thing that took me completely by surprise. I had no clue I had sung in the Delhi 6. I had no recollection either. And have been waiting to hear the song to figure out what this song was, ever since last week when people started wishing me the best. And some sent me the links where the track listing was given. That I did not remember an Ash King did not help either.
But as soon as the song opened bells of recognition pealed. I have sung only about 3 lines in the song. And I did not expect to see my name on the CD at all.
Ash King, (I don't know if that was how he introduced himself then) is from London. I hear he is pretty popular there as an R&B artiste. I remember being awestruck during that session - the utmost patience with which Rahman sir gets a someone to sing. So much encouragement and I really wonder where he sources his zillion tonnes of patience.
Every recording session is not just learning a song that has never been sung. Its a life lesson. More so at his studio. There is so much to learn. You realize there is so much evolving to do after every visit.
One can never cease to be part an experience that will always be nurturing, humbling and divine. Every time you sing. At His studio.
P.S.: This is wishing for you, that may you have enough opportunities that will give you immense joy and a sense of......... like when you close your eyes and your face is illuminated by the flicker of a beautiful smile. May you have enough things cross your path that make you smile to yourself and light up your days. There will be times that you will feel like hugging the entire Universe. Make sure you identify it. Revel in it. May your work adore you and may you adore the work you do. May you be loved. Totally. Completely. By the entire Universe. Thathaastu.