Kareema Begum, the mother of Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman, passed away in Chennai on Monday due to age-related ailments. Mourning her demise, Rahman, posted a photo of her on his verified Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
Commenting on his tweet, celebrities from the world of music and cinema expressed condolences. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President M K Stalin condoled the death. “Sad to know that Kareema Begum, mother of music legend A R Rahman has passed away,” Palaniswami said in a tweet. The chief minister conveyed his condolences to Rahman and the bereaved family. Rahman was very close to his mother and often spoke about her.
Earlier this year, while remembering the patriotic song Maa Tujhe Salaam from the 1997 album Vande Mataram, Rahman spoke about his relationship with his mother, Kareema Begum, and how she has been pivotal in defining his success — especially the particular song.
“In all lives, the common factor is, not many people have seen the divine, but we are created through our parents. If we have a sound and love in that life where we get the nurturing of a mother and a father, I think we are stable in mind,” he said. “I had this in my mind on how to crack it because I was very objective about it, thinking whether patriotism will work or not. So, I was like, forget about the country, let’s do it as a personal song — like singing a song for one’s mother. That’s how it was created,” Rahman added. Kareema Begum is survived by her daughters AR Reihana, Ishrath Qadri, Fathima Shekhar apart from Rahman.
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