A.R. Rahman

A.R. Rahman

NameA. R. Rahman
Real NameA. S. Dileep Kumar
Place of BirthMadras, Tamil Nadu
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorDark Brown
CollegeTrinity College of Music
Birth SignCapricorn
OccupationMusic Director,Playback Singer
Active from1992
Debut movieRoja (Tamil)
Known ForRoja,Minsara Kanavu ,Kannathil Muthamittal
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Original Score,Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Jai Ho” (2008) – Slumdog Millionaire
Home TownChennai
ParentsShekhar – Kareema
SpouseSaira Banu
Date of Marriage12/03/1995
SiblingsA. R. Reihana
RelativeRahman (Brother-in-law)
Interesting Facts

He converted to Islam (his mother’s religion) with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from R. S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman (A. R. Rahman)

A.R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer and musician commonly called as “Isai puyal” and “Mozart of Madras”.

A.R. Rahman has been awarded with Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South.

Rahman’s film-scoring career began during the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja.

Working in India’s film industries, international cinema and theatre. In a two-decade career, he has been acclaimed for redefining contemporary Indian film music and contributing to the success of several films.

Rahman has become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for a number of causes and charities.

Rahman was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in a middle-class Tamil family. His father, R. K. Shekhar, was a film-score composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films; Rahman assisted his father in the studio, playing the keyboard.

After his father’s death when Rahman was nine years old, the rental of his father’s musical equipment provided his family’s income.

Raised by his mother, Kareema (born Kashturi), Rahman was a keyboard player and arranger for bands such as Roots (with childhood friend and percussionist Sivamani, John Anthony, Suresh Peters, JoJo and Raja) and founded the Chennai-based rock group Nemesis Avenue.

He mastered the keyboard, piano, synthesizer, harmonium and guitar, and was particularly interested in the synthesizer because it was the “ideal combination of music and technology”.

Rahman began his early musical training under Master Dhanraj, and at age 11 began playing in the orchestra of Malayalam composer M. K. Arjunan.

He soon began working with other composers, such as M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Ramesh Naidu and Raj-Koti.

He accompanied Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship from Trinity College London to the Trinity College of Music. Studying in Chennai, Rahman graduated with a diploma in Western classical music from the school.

Rahman was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister was seriously ill in 1984. He converted to Islam (his mother’s religion) with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from R. S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman (A. R. Rahman).

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