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A.R Rahman

A.R Rahman's work is worth seeing in the integration of western and ancient music. Also he has been given many awards for his contribution in music. These include 2 Academy Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards and 15 Filmfare Awards. Also the style and stage of A.R Rahman work in films gave him a new surname "Lion of Madras". Also his Tamil fans call him as 'Christian Puyal'.

In 2009, Samay magazine included Rahman in the list of the world's most influential people. Also in August 2011, A.R Rahman was named "Tomorrow's Global Music Champion" in the UK based global music magazine line.
Furthermore A.R Rahman's film career with his internal studio began with the 1990 Tamil film Roja.

The Background

He was born on 6 January 1967 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. At birth, his name was AS Dilip Kumar, which was later changed to AR Rahman. Rahman inherited music from his father. His father RK Shekhar gave music in Malayali films. Rahman received music education from Master Dhanraj.

When Rahman was nine years old, his father died and the family had to sell instruments for money. Things became so bad that his family had to adopt Islam. While working in a band group, he also received a scholarship from Trinity College of Music, London, from where he earned a degree in Western classical music.

Facts about Rahman

1. As a child he could be seen in Doordarshan Wonders Balloon, where he was famous for playing 4 keyboards simultaneously at the same time.
2. In November 2013, some places in Markham, Ontario, Canada were named after him, to paying him respects.
3. Except for Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman has also gained considerable recognition in Hollywood films including 127 Hours and Lord of War.
4. In the Limca Book of Records 2007, Rahman was awarded the "Most Famous Indian in Music".
5. Rahman has won 4 National Awards, 15 Filmfare Awards and 14 South Filmfare Awards till 2014. Not only this, he was nominated for 138 awards, out of which he has won 117 awards.

Some More Facts Included


1. He is the first Asian to win 2 Oscars in a single year.
2. Airtel's famous tone has also been sung by composer Rahman, which became the world's most downloaded tone, also downloaded by more than 150 million people.
3. Also he was awarded the most famous person of 2011 by GQ.
4. In 2005, film critic Richard Corliss included Rahman's opening song in the list of the 10 Best Songs of All Time.
5. Not only this, but in 2009, Time magazine also included Rahman in the list of people leaving their influence in the world.

Today, Rahman's name is taken among the famous musicians of the world, he has influenced the whole world with his art. His followers are not only in India but all over the world. The song "Jai Ho" sung by him had destroyed many world records. Such a great musician must be respected.

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