Indian musician AR Rahman has revealed that his mother sacrificed her jewelry to purchase his first musical instrument.In a recent interview with ‘Netflix India’ celebrating the success of their most recent project, Rahman revealed that he never attended college and felt like he was losing out on a lot at the time. He was speaking with the musical team of ‘Amar Singh Chamkila,’ which includes Imtiaz Ali, Mohit Chauhan, and Irshad Kamil.

AR Rahman said, “I got bored, so I started listening to different things to see what else was out there. I found that side amazing with so much to explore.” Recalling his early struggles he said, “When I first set up my studio, I couldn’t afford an amplifier or equalizer. It was just a bare space with an air conditioner, a shelf, and a carpet. I had no equipment, but I was determined to make it work.”

He also said “My first recorder came when my mom gave her jewels as a loan. That moment made me feel strong and changed my future.”