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Name A.R. Rahman
Date Of Birth Thursday, January 6, 1966
Biography Allah Rakha Rahman was born A.S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966, in Madras (now Chennai), India, to a musically affluent family. Dileep started learning the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 9, his father passed away. Since the pressure of supporting his family fell on him, he joined Ilayaraja's troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11. He dropped out of school as a result of this and traveled all around the world with various orchestras.He accompanied the great tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on a few world tours and also won a scholarship at the Trinity College of Music at Oxford University, where he studied Western classical music and obtained a degree in music. Due to some personal crisis, Dileep Kumar embraced Islam and came to be known as A.R. Rahman. In 1987, he moved to advertising, where he composed more than 300 jingles over 5 years. In 1989, he started a small studio called Panchathan Record Inn, which later developed into one of the most well-equipped and advanced sound recording studios in India.At an advertising awards function, Rahman met one of India's most famous directors, Mani Ratnam. Rahman played him a few of his music samples. Mani loved them so much that he asked Rahman to compose the music for his next film, Roja (1992). The rest, as they say, is history. He went on to compose several great hits for Tamil-language films before composing the score and songs for his first Hindi-language film, Bollywood Dreams (1995). 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 (director of Elizabeth (1998)) on a musical called "Bombay Dreams." At 36 years old, A.R. Rahman has revolutionized Indian film music and one can only expect this musical genius to reach greater heights.
Original Name A.S. Dileep Kumar
Birth Place Madras, Tamil Nadu, India (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)
Nick Name The Mozart of Madras Isai Puyal
Movies of A.R. Rahman
Raanjhanaa
Raanjhanaa
as playback singer

Ekk Deewana Tha
as playback singer
RockStar
RockStar
as playback singer
RockStar
RockStar
as (music by)

Ada... A Way of Life
as playback singer

Ada... A Way of Life
as (background score) / (music)
Ghajini
Ghajini
as (music)
Yuvvraaj
Yuvvraaj
as playback singer
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
as playback singer
Jodhaa Akbar
Jodhaa Akbar
as playback singer

Parashuram: One Man Army
as (as A.R. Rehman)
Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti
as playback singer
Swades
Swades
as playback singer (as A.R. Rehman)
Swades
Swades
as (as A.R. Rehman)

Yuva
as playback singer

Saathiya
as playback singer

The Legend of Bhagat Singh
as playback singer
Fiza
Fiza
as playback singer

Jhootha Hi Sahi
as (music)
Raavan
Raavan
as (music)
Delhi-6
Delhi-6
as playback singer
 
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