All about the legendary AR Rahman

God to all music lovers AR Rehman is one of a kind. He is the pride of the country by winning two Oscars for his music in “Slumdog Millionaire”. A man who is not restrained by any border and mixes the music of the East and the West. He brought East and West together through his spiritual music. He is a multi-talented singer who is the reason why the world is looking more seriously at Indian music now. He is always experimenting and is open to new ideas. Rahman is a well-known humanitarian and philanthropist who donates money to many causes and charities.


AR Rahman was born on January 6, 19 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He converted from Hinduism to Islam and changed his name from AS Dileep Kumar to AR Rahman (Allahrakka Rahman). Due to the untimely death of her father, her family went through a difficult time. He was only 9 years old at the time and the responsibility of providing for his family fell on him. He lived in a joint family. He was educated at Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai. He went to Madras Christian College. He obtained a scholarship from Trinity College of Music, University of Oxford, UK. He has always had a passion for electronic gadgets, especially musical instruments. He started making money playing his father’s keyboard and worked with distinguished people like Illaya Raja and Raj Koti. A brilliant student, he wanted to become a computer engineer. But due to hardships in life, he started to follow the path of his father and started his music training under Master Dhanraj. He received 50 (INR) as his first salary for operating a record player.

Physical appearance

Tall – 5’5″

Eye color – Brown

Hair Color – Black


Father’s name – RK Shekhar

Mother’s name – Kareema Beegum, earlier Kasturi Shekhar.

Sister-in-laws, AR Reihana, Fathima Rafiq and Ishrath Qadri.

Wife – Saira Banu

Children – Khatija, Rahima – girls


In 1989, he and his family converted to Islam from Hinduism; shortly after his sister was relieved of her serious illness. According to them, this was all due to the blessings of a Pir Qadri called Sheik Abdul Qadir Jeelani.


AR Rahman started his career with a band called Roots (1984-88). AR Rahman Roots Group

Apart from being part of this band, he also played keyboard for 10/12 Kannada movies. Later he joined a rock band called “Nemesis Avenue”.

In this group he worked as a producer-arranger and also performed for a “Jive live” concert. In 1987, he began to compose advertising jingles. His first break was for Alwyn’s new Trendy line of watches. He composed songs for about 300 commercials in 5 years. At the same time, he works on the album “Colours” with famous personalities like Shankar, Sivamani and Zakir Hussain. Then he met acclaimed director Mani Ratnam through a producer, Sharada Trilok in 1991. Mani Ratnam was very impressed with Rahman’s work; as a result of which he made a breakthrough in the film “Roja” (1992). After his debut in “Roja”, he became a household name all over India. Having managed to sell almost 200 million cassettes and 150 million recordings of his soundtracks, he was ranked among the best-selling artists in the world in 2004. Even after achieving a lot, he did not stop learn and honed his musical skills. by training in Hindustani, Carnatic, Qawwali and Western classical music under the guidance of various masters such as Dakshinamurthy, N. Gopalakrishnan, Krishnan Nair, Nithyanandham, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Jacob John. To celebrate 50 years of Indian independence, he composed an album named “Vande Mataram” in collaboration with Sony Music in 1997. It was Sony’s first album with a South Asian artist. In 2008, he composed the song “Jai Ho” for the film “Slumdog Millionaire” for which he won the Oscar. Later, Rahman composed the music for the Netflix series titled “Daughters of Destiny”, directed by Vanessa Roth.

This Oscar-winning music composer is also the cultural ambassador of Seychelles for his contribution to the development of the country’s art and culture.

List of awards


  • Best musical director for the film “Roja” in 1992
  • Best musical director for the film “Minsara Kanavuin” in 1996
  • Best musical director for the film “Lagaan” in 2001
  • Best musical director for the film “Kannathil Muthamittal” in 2002
  • Best musical director for the film “Kaatru Veliyidai” in 2017
  • Best musical director for the movie “Mom” in 2017


  • Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the song “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009


  • Best Film Score for the film “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009


  • Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for the song “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009


  • Kalaimamani by the government of Tamil Nadu in 1995
  • Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2000
  • Awadh Samman by the government of Uttar Pradesh in 2001
  • National Lata Mangeshkar Award from Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2004

Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2010

favorite things

  • Raaga: Sindhu Bhairavi
  • Food: Palak Paneer, Rasam-Riz
  • Musicians: Ilayaraja, Michael Jackson
  • Destinations: Chennai, Mumbai, London
  • Singer: Mohammad Rafi

Facts about AR Rehman

He is the founder of KM College of Music and Technology in Chennai which was inaugurated by Mukesh Ambani in 2008.

In 2012, Barack Obama, then President of the United States in the White House, sent him a Christmas card and also invited him to dinner.

Rahman and his son, Ameen’s birthday falls on the same date, January 6.

A street in Markham, Ontario, Canada is named after him.

He started a social media platform called “Qyuki” with filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor. Through this social networking platform, story writers can exchange their thoughts.

He practices at a location near Mahabalipuram, which helps him connect with music. At this moment, he says he wants to say a prayer to God.

In 2009, Rahman earned a PhD in Media Science from Anna University.

He established his studio named “The Panchathan Record Inn & AM Studios” on his street in Kodambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 1989.

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