A. R. Rahman is the famous Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, and philanthropist. His works are noted for integrating Indian classical music with electronic music, world music, and traditional orchestral arrangements. His birth name was A. S. Dileep Kumar. He was born on 6 January 1967 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He is the son of R. K. Shekhar. His father was a film-score composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films. Rahman assisted his father in the studio. When he was nine years old his father died. Rahman was a keyboard player and arranger for bands such as Roots. He founded the Chennai-based rock group Nemesis Avenue. He mastered the keyboard, piano, synthesizer, harmonium, and guitar, and was particularly interested in the synthesizer.
Rahman began his early musical training under Master Dhanraj. He began working with other composers, such as M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Ramesh Naidu and Raj-Koti. He won a scholarship at the Trinity College of Music at Oxford University. Rahman graduated with a diploma in Western classical music from there. He was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister was seriously ill in 1984. He converted to Islam with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23. Then he changed his from R. S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman (A. R. Rahman). In 1989, he started a small studio called Panchathan Record Inn.
Rahman met one of India’s most famous directors, Mani Ratnam at an advertising awards function. Rahman played him a few of his music samples. Mani loved them so much. He asked Rahman to compose the music for his next film, Roja. The enormous success of his first Hindi venture was followed by the chart-topping soundtrack albums of films such as Bombay (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, he worked with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Shekhar Kapur “Elizabeth”. He is a two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar).He has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film soundtracks and albums across over half a dozen languages, including landmark scores such as ‘Roja’, ‘Bombay’, Dil Se’, ‘Taal’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Vandemataram’ and more recently, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘127 Hours’ and ‘Rockstar’.
Rahman has gone several concert tours in over 50 international destinations including one at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl in 2006 and the Royal Festival Hall in 2010. In 2008, Rahman’s work gained global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Rahman won over 15 awards for this score including two Grammys, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.
A. R. Rahman is a popular Indian Music Director, Singer. He was born on January 6, 2067 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His home town is Chennai. His Father’s Name R. K. Shekhar (Music Composer) and mother’s name is Kareema Beegum. A. R. Rahman age 48 years old. His Zodiac/Sun Sign is Capricorn, Nationality Indian (by birth) and His Ethnicity is Asian/Indian. His Shoe size is (US) & Dress Size is N/A (US).
A. R. Rahman height 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) and His Weight 70 kg ( lbs). His body measurements are Chest Size- inches, Waist Size- inches and Biceps Size inches.