Wife: Saira Banu
Age: 55 Years
|Real Name||A. S. Dileep Kumar|
|Full Name||Allah Rakha Rahman|
|Nickname(s)||Isai Puyal, The Mozart of Madras|
|Profession(s)||Music Director, Singer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
|Date of Birth||6 January 1967|
|Age (as of 2022)||55 Years|
|Birthplace||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|School||Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai|
|College||Madras Christian College, Chennai
Trinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom
|Educational Qualification||Degree in Western Classical Music|
|Debut||Music Director: Roja (1992, Tamil & Hindi)
Album: Vande Mataram (1997)
|Family||Father- R. K. Shekhar (Music Composer)
Mother- Kareema Beegum
Sisters- A. R. Reihana, Fathima Rafiq and Ishrath Qadri
|Religion||Islam (converted from Hinduism)|
|Hobbies||Playing the Keyboard|
|Awards, Honours||National Film Award
1992- Best Music Direction - Roja
1996- Best Music Direction - Minsara Kanavu
2001- Best Music Direction - Lagaan
2002- Best Music Direction - Kannathil Muthamittal
2017- Best Music Direction - Kaatru Veliyidai
2017- Best Music Direction - Mom
2009- Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire
2009- Best Film Music - Slumdog Millionaire
2009- Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire
1995- Kalaimamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu
2000- Padma Shri by the Government of India
2001- Awadh Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh
2004- National Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh
2010- Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
|Controversies||A fatwa or fringe was issued against him for composing music of biopic on Prophet Muhammad, called "Muhammad: The Messenger of God."|
|Food||Palak Paneer, Rasam-Rice|
|Musician(s)||Ilayaraja, Mohammad Rafi, Michael Jackson|
|Destination(s)||Chennai, Mumbai, London|
|Relationships & More|
|Children||Daughter- Khatija, Rahima
|Salary (approx.)||Rs. 5-8 crore/film|
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 163 crore|
Some Lesser Known Facts About A. R. Rahman
- Does A. R. Rahman smoke?: No
- Does A. R. Rahman alcohol?: No
- Rahman was known earlier known as A. S. Dileep Kumar before he converted from Hinduism to Islam.
- He had a difficult childhood as his father died when he was 9 years old, leaving him as the sole earning source of his family. Initially, he used to play his father’s keyboard to earn money.
- He scored 62% in his board exams.
- He aspired to be a computer engineer.
- Following the footsteps of his father, he incepted his early training in music from Master Dhanraj.
- His first salary was 50 (INR) for operating a record player.
- From 1984-88, he was part of the band called Roots”. During this period, he also played keyboard for 10 – 12 Kannada films.
- Later, he became part of a rock band called “Nemesis Avenue”, where he worked as producer-arranger and also performed for a concert ‘Jive live’.
- In 1987, he started composing short songs for ad commercials, first among them was Alwyn’s new trendy range of watches. And, in the span of 5 years, he composed around 300 of them.
- In 1989, he and his family converted to Islam from Hinduism after his sister felt magical relief out of her severe illness from the blessings of a Pir Qadri called Sheik Abdul Qadir Jeelani.
- In 1991, he met a producer, Sharada Trilok, who introduced him to her cousin, Mani Ratnam who got so much impressed with his performance, that he gave him a breakthrough in the film Roja (1992). In 2005, the same song was listed among TIME’s “10 Best Soundtracks” of all time.
- Very few people know that the first film for which he composed music was Mohanlal starrer Yodha (1992), a Malayalam film.
- By 2004, he was among the world’s all-time top-selling recording artists, as till then, he sold almost 200 million cassettes and 150 million recordings of his soundtracks.
- Though he loves to compose music of all genders, but romantic is his favorite.
- In 2008, he founded KM College of Music and Technology in Chennai, which was inaugurated by Mukesh Ambani.
- His Oscar Award-winning song “Jai Ho” was initially composed for the Bollywood film Yuvvraaj (2008), but it later became a part of Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
- In 2012, he had received a Christmas card and a dinner invitation from Barack Obama, the then President of the United States at the White House.
- He shares his birthday (6 January) with his son, Ameen.
- He is a global ambassador of the WHO’s “Stop TB Partnership” and also supports “Save the Child” in India.
- In 2013, a street was named in his honour in Markham, Ontario, Canada.
- Unlike other musicians, he likes composing music at night.
- His favourite raaga is ‘Sindhu Bhairavi’.
- Along with filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor, he has launched a social media platform called “Qyuki”, to showcase the raw talent in India.
- On 20 January 2017, he along with members of the Nadigar Sangam observed a one-day fast to support the people of Tamil Nadu protesting against the ban on Jallikattu ( a bull-taming event).
- In January 2018, he became the first-ever brand ambassador of Sikkim.
- In August 2022, a street was named after A. R. Rahman in the city of Markham in Canada. In 2013, it was announced that a street will be named after him in the city. Following this honour, Rahman penned a note of gratitude to the authorities of Markham in Ontario, Canada on Twitter. NDTV He wrote,
I feel like this gives me immense responsibility to do much more and be inspiring, not so get tired and not to retire yet. Even if I get tired I’ll remember that I have more things to do, more people to connect, more bridges to cross.”