A R Rahman

BORN: 6 January

OCCUPATION: Record producer, film composer, playback singers, song writer

GENRES: FilmiIndian classicalworld music

INSTRUMENT: Piano,Keyboard

PRESENT CITY: Madras,Tamil Nadu

NATIONALITY: Indian

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A. R. Rahman: The Maestro of Music

A. R. Rahman, born as A. S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1967, in Chennai, India, is a globally acclaimed composer, singer, and music producer known for his innovative and transcendent music. His early exposure to music came from his father, R. K. Shekhar, a composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films. After his father's untimely death, Rahman and his family struggled, prompting him to start working as a session musician at a young age.

Rahman’s journey in music took a pivotal turn when he founded the Panchathan Record Inn, a state-of-the-art recording studio, in 1989. His big break came when he composed the score for Mani Ratnam’s film "Roja" in 1992, which earned him national acclaim and marked the beginning of his illustrious career.

Over the years, Rahman has composed music for numerous Indian films, including classics like "Bombay," "Dil Se," "Lagaan," and "Rang De Basanti." His versatility spans across genres, seamlessly blending classical Indian music with electronic, world music, and traditional orchestral arrangements.

In 2008, Rahman achieved international fame with his work on the soundtrack for the film "Slumdog Millionaire," which won him two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA Award. His success continued with projects like "127 Hours," "Million Dollar Arm," and "Pele: Birth of a Legend," solidifying his reputation as a global music icon.

Rahman’s contributions to music have been recognized with numerous awards, including six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, and fifteen Filmfare Awards. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award, in 2010.

Beyond film scores, Rahman has made significant contributions to various charitable causes and is involved in educational initiatives through the A. R. Rahman Foundation and his music school, the K. M. Music Conservatory, in Chennai.

A. R. Rahman’s influence on contemporary music is unparalleled, making him a revered figure in both Indian and global music landscapes. His ability to transcend cultural and musical boundaries continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.


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