Birth Name: A. S. Dileep Kumar
Common Name: A. R. Rehman
Nickname: The Mozart of Madras, Isai Puyal
Date of Birth: June 19, 1966
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Place of Birth: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Height: 5' 6"
Hair Color: Black
Trinity College of Music
Hobbies: Watching Movies, Listening Music
Father:R. K. Shekhar
Sister:A. R. Reihana
Uncle:G. V. Prakash Kumar
Relation:G. V. Prakash Kumar
Food: Palak Paneer
Movies: Rangeela, Dil Se
Color: Black , Yellow, Green
2009: Oscar Award, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score for: Slumdog Millionaire
2008: Popular Award, Best Music Direction
for: Guru (2007)
2002: Popular Award, Music Direction for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
2009: BAFTA Film Award, Best Music for: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: Critics Choice Award, Best Composer for: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
- After two Oscars and two Grammys, he is all set to wow the world with the16-city "Jai ho" Concert beginning in New York.
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- A.R. Rahman has put his money where his heart is, building an institution for future musicians at the KM Musiq Conservatory in Chennai.
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- A.R. Rahman is collaborating with the best in the world, from Mick Jagger to Joss Stone.
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- In 2008, A.R. Rahman opened his KM Music Conservatory partnered with Audio Media Education facility to tutor and train aspiring musicians in vocals, instruments, music technology and sound design.
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- He produced the single "We Can Make It Better" by Don Asian alongside Mukhtar Sahota.
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A.R. RahmanLast Updated: Friday, March 12, 2010
A.R. Rahman is one of the famous musician of bollywood. He started learning the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 9, his father passed away. Since the pressure of supporting his family fell on him, Allah Rakha Rahman joined Ilayaraja's troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11. He dropped out of school as a result of this and traveled all around the world with various orchestras. A.R. Rahman accompanied the great tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on a few world tours and also won a scholarship at the Trinity College of Music at Oxford University, where he studied Western classical music and obtained a degree in music.
Due to some personal crisis, Dileep Kumar embraced Islam and came to be known as A.R. Rahman. In 1987, he moved to advertising, where he composed more than 300 jingles over 5 years. In 1989, he started a small studio called Panchathan Record Inn, which later developed into one of the most well-equipped and advanced sound recording studios in India. At an advertising awards function, Rahman met one of India's most famous directors, Mani Ratnam. A.R. Rahman played him a few of his music samples. Mani loved them so much that Allah Rakha Rahman asked Rahman to compose the music for his next film, Roja (1992). The rest, as they say, is history.
A.R. Rahman went on to compose several great hits for Tamil-language films before composing the score and songs for his first Hindi-language film, Rangeela (1995). The enormous success of his first Hindi venture was followed by the chart-topping soundtrack albums of films such as Bumbai (1995) , Dil Se,(1998), Taal (1999), Zubeidaa (2001), and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), which was nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2002 Academy Awards. More recently, Allah Rakha Rahman worked with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Shekhar Kapur (director of Elizabeth (1998)) on a musical called "Bombay Dreams." At 36 years old, A.R. Rahman has revolutionized Indian film music and one can only expect this musical genius to reach greater heights.