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Oscars Winning singer & Composer A. R. Rahman turns 54

Oscars Winning singer & Composer A. R. Rahman turns 54 on his birthday on 6 January. A. R. Rahman was born on 6 January 1967, in Chennai India. He is an Indian composer whose comprehensive body of Music work for films and stage gained him the nickname “the Mozart of Madras.” His full name is Allah Rakha Rahman. He was born with the name Dileep Kumar. In 1989, he eventually converted Hinduism to Islam and changed his name from Dileep Kumar to A. R. Rahman.

Oscars Winning singer & Composer A. R. Rahman’s father, R.K. Sekhar, was a notable Tamil musician who composed numbers for the Malayalam film industry, and Rahman began studying piano at the young age of four. The little boy’s interests lay in electronics and computers, and his father’s serendipitous acquisition of a synthesizer allowed him to pursue his passion and to learn to love music at the identical time. When Rahman was 9 years old his father died and by age 11 he was playing piano professionally to help support his family financially.

Oscars Winning singer & Composer- A. R. Rahman turns 54
Oscars Winning singer & Composer- A. R. Rahman turns 54

The Mozart of Madras, A. R. Rahman is a name to consider as he has made India proud by winning two Oscars for his music in “Slumdog Millionaire.” A man who is not limited by any limits and mixes music from East and West. Oscars Winning singer Rahman has produced East and West music closer through his spiritual music. When was young his talent and passion obtained him a scholarship from Trinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom. He always had an enchantment with electronic gadgets, specifically musical instruments. He got his training in music from Master Dhanraj.

In 1991, he met Famous film director Mani Ratnam by a producer, named Sharada Trilok. The Director Mani Ratnam was highly affected by Rahman’s work as a conclusion of which he got a breakthrough in the film “Roja” (1992). After his debut in “Roja.” After his work in the movie Roja, he became a popular name throughout India. He remains successful at selling almost 200 million cassettes and 150 million recordings of his soundtracks worldwide. In 2004, he was placed among the world’s all-time top-selling record artists.

A. R. Rahman with his two Academy Awards
A. R. Rahman with his two Academy Awards

Many successful records for films including Dil Se and the movie Taal followed. In 2006, Rahman launched his music label, KM Music. In 2008, he compose the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack, for which he won a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, becoming the first Indian national to do so. In the United States, the soundtrack topped so many music charts it includes the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and reached the #4 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The song “Jai Ho” listed #2 spot on the Eurochart Hot 100 Music Singles and #15 spot on the US Famous Music Billboard Hot 100.

He worked in India’s various film industries, international cinema, and theatre, by 2003, Rahman, in a career traversing over two decades, has marketed more than 100 million records of his film compositions and soundtracks worldwide. He has obtained thirteen Indian Filmfare Awards, four Indian National Film Awards by the Government of India. In 2009, a BAFTA Award for the movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” a Golden Globe, and two Academy Awards(Oscar). He has won two Grammy Awards.

A. R. Rahman with his Grammy Award win
A. R. Rahman with his Grammy Award win

He won Academy Award (Oscar) two-times and was nominated for this five-times. A. R. Rahman is commonly known as the man who has differently redefined contemporaneous Indian music. His work composing music includes more than hundreds of film soundtracks and numerous Music albums blended over with half a dozen various languages, including performance representations such as ‘Roja’, ‘Bombay’, Dil Se’, ‘Taal’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Vandemataram’, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘127 Hours’ and innumerable more.