Singer A.R. Rahman Biography, Life History, Hit Songs, Awards, Wiki
A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer, songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and a successful philanthropist. He is one of the only legendary singers who have made India proud at various international platforms time and again. His voice is melodious and touches the soul when he sings. He has received many awards and international honors that artists crave for. He is undoubtedly among the top Hindi singers of all time. Apart from Bollywood, he has also given some amazing composition in the south cinema. A. R. Rahman has done numerous stage shows across the world throughout his career. His extensive work for films and stage earned him the nickname of the Mozart of Madras and several Tamil commentators and his fans call him Isai Puyal meaning musical storm. A. R. Rahman biography has many interesting facts about his life and his musical journey that every fan should know.
A. R. Rahman Date of Birth
A. R. Rahman birthday falls on 6th January and he was born in the year 1967. He was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in a middle class Tamil Mudaliar family. A. R. Rahman real name was A.S. Dileep Kumar and later on he converted to Islamic religion and now known as Allah Rakha Rahman in short A. R. Rahman. Rahman lives a simple life and similarly, celebrates his birthday in a simple way. You will find some unknown facts about his family in this A. R. Rahman wiki.
A. R. Rahman Family Background
His family hails from Tamil Nadu, India. A. R. Rahman father R.K. Shekhar was a music composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films. Rahman was nine years old when he lost his father and the pressure to support his family fell on him. After his father’s death, they faced a lot of financial woes. They even rented out his father’s musical equipments as a source of income. Rahman was raised by his mother Kareema Beegum whose original name was Kasthuri. His mother was a practicing Hindu. He also has three sisters A.R. Reihana is a music director, Fathima Shekhar heads his music conservatory in Chennai, and the younger Ishrat Qadri has a music studio as well.
A. R. Rahman Education
Rahman started learning music at an early age. At the age of 11, he joined Illaiyaraaja’s troupe as a keyboard player and travelled with him. He went to Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan and Madras Christian College in Chennai but he couldn’t continue his formal education. He dropped out from the school and travelled across the world with various orchestras. He travelled with great musicians across the world and this earned him a scholarship from Trinity College of Music at Oxford University and obtained a degree in Western Classical music.
A. R. Rahman Personal Life
A. R. Rahman is very shy, low profile, modest, humble in nature and has a down to earth personality. No doubt because of his traits, he is regarded as one of the best music composers of India. He is a very soft spoken gentleman and lives a simple life. A. R. Rahman height is around 5 feet 4 inches. Though he is not so tall physically, but has reached extreme height with his voice. He faced lot of ups and downs in his life, and today his struggle and hard work has paid off. His success has never overshadowed his personality. He is still the same as he was at the beginning of his career. Furthermore, you will learn about his career through this detailed biography of A. R. Rahman.
A. R. Rahman Career
A. R. Rahman started learning music at an early age under Master Dhanraj. His mother wanted him to follow his father’s footsteps. When A. R. Rahman age was just 11, he joined the Ilaiyaraja troupe as a keyboard player. He also started working with many composers and also accompanied the famous Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain on world tours. Initially, Rahman used to compose jingles for advertisements, Indian Television channels, and music scores for documentaries. In 1987, he composed jingles for a line of watches which was introduced by Allwyn. Some of the jingles for advertisements became very popular including the one for Titan watches where he used the theme from Mozart Symphony no 25. In 1992, Rahman started his own music recording and mixing studio attached to his backyard of his house called Panchathan Record Inn. Now, it is developed into the most advanced recording and high tech studios in India.
In 1992, the great director Mani Ratnam approached him to compose the score and soundtrack for the Tamil film ‘Roja’. He also won the Rajat Kamal Award for Best Music Director at the National film Award for ‘Roja’. He went onto give some successful scores and soundtracks in Tamil cinema and A. R. Rahman movies songs include ‘Bombay’, ‘Kadhalan’, ‘Thiruda Thiruda’, ‘Gentlemen’, ‘Duet’, ‘Indira’, ‘Mr Romeo’, and ‘Love birds’ which gained him continued success. In Japan, his fan base skyrocketed with the movie ‘Muttu’s’ success which featured the legendary actor Rajinikanth. He made his Bollywood music debut from the movie ‘Rangeela’ which was directed by Ram Gopal Verma. Then after he gave some popular hits like ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ from ‘Dil Se’ which is considered as one of the best A. R. Rahman hit songs. The A. R. Rahman songs were also heard in the movies ‘Taal’, ‘Rang de Basanti’, ‘Water’, ‘Swades’, ‘Jeans’, ‘Nayak’, ‘Boys’, ‘Jodha Akbar’, ‘Guru’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘Enthiran’, ‘Kochadaiyaan’ and many more movies.
His music is not only loved by Indian audiences but also widely recognized by international masses. Rahman had also given music in international movies including ‘Warriors of Heaven and Earth’, ‘127 Hours’, ‘Million Dollar Arm’, ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, for which he won Golden Globe and two Academy Award. With this feat he became the first Indian to win the much coveted Oscar awards. There is no looking back for Rahman as all his struggle in his childhood days have paid off. He is skilled in Carnatic music, Western Music, Hindustani Music and Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. In 1999, he partnered with choreographers Shobha and Prabhudeva and Tamil dance troupe to perform with Michael Jackson at Munich, Germany. He also composed a Punjabi song for London Olympics in 2012 directed by Danny Boyle which was a part of the medley showcasing Indian influence in UK. He is also known for his humanitarian work and is actively involved in many charitable causes.
Interesting Facts about A. R. Rahman
- He has won prestigious awards like two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA award, a Golden globe, four national awards, fifteen Filmfare awards, and thirteen Filmfare awards South. This is the reason for him being known as one of the best Bollywood singers.
- He is known for consolidating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.
- Rahman prefers composing music at night.
- He is the global brand ambassador of the WHO’s Stop TB Partnership and also supports Save Girl Child in India.
- Time magazine included him under the list of world’s most influential people in 2009.
- In 2011, UK’s world music magazine Songlines named him as one of the Tomorrow’s World Music Icon.
A. R. Rahman Love Affairs
Rahman was very clear on the type of girl he wanted to marry and spend rest of his life with. He had a simple wish that the girl should be educated, beautiful and most importantly should have lot humility. His mother found a perfect match for him and he got married to Saira Banu on 12th March 1995. As per his wish, A. R. Rahman wife was beautiful but also humble and modest. The couple is blessed with three children and A. R. Rahman children include two daughters Khatija and Rahima and one son Ameen Rahman.