Music composer AR Rahman’s mother Kareema Begum has passed away in Chennai. She had been unwell since quite some time. AR Rahman took to Twitter and shared a picture of his mother to confirm the news. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President M K Stalin condoled the death."Sad to know that Kareema Begum, mother of music great A R Rahman died of illness," Palaniswami said in a tweet.
Earlier during an interaction with Chennai Times, spoke about his mother and said, "My mother (Kasturi Shekhar) realized (his musical instincts), not me. My father was an arranger for composers and a Man Friday for many of them. Those days composers were Carnatic musicians, who would write the tunes and my father would arrange the music and so, he would be working with eight composers at the same time, working night and day. He died when I was just nine years old. Till five years after my father died, my mother would rent out his musical instruments to run the house after which she was advised to sell the equipment and live with the interest, but she refused to say. No, I have my son. He will take care."
He added, "She has music instincts. Spiritually she is much higher than me in the way she thinks and takes decisions. For instance, her decision of making me take up music. She made me leave school in Class XI and take up music and it was her conviction that music is the line for me."
Kareema Begum was born Kasthuri and changed the name after Rahman changed his from Dilip Kumar. Begum was married to Rajagopala Kulashekharan, who was also a music composer. He died when AR Rahman was 9.
May her soul rest in peace.
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