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'The main source of creativity lies in being spiritual'

Chennai salutes A R Rahman

Since the Oscar nominations were announced on January 22, A R Rahman told Rediff India Abroad's Arthur J Pais that he has trained himself not to have expectations.

"When you truly try to tell yourself not to expect anything, you don't get disappointed if you don't get an award," he says in the second part of the interview, the first segment, which we published on Thursday.

Every six-foot space in Chennai has a poster of him from the Oscar event, he says. "I often go to a dargah in Cuddapah district (Andhra Pradesh) to pray. I am planning to go there in a day or two," he continues. "I get my spiritual sustenance there, and most important, I continue to learn of humility."

In the picture: Rahman received a rousing welcome in Chennai. Photographs: Sreeram Selvaraj

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