Birthdays are always special but the birthday of this person is even more special as it gives us the opportunity to talk about the legend, Mr Allah Rakha Rahman. The most versatile Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician who rules the music industry deserves a special mention on his birthday.
A.R Rahman was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He began his early musical training under Master Dhanraj at the age of eleven. At the age of 23, he converted to Islam ( his mother's religion) in 1989 changing his name from R.S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman.
He started his career in 1992 with Panchathan Record Inn and even received 'Rajat Kamal' award the following year for best music director at the National Film Awards for 'Roja'. He even got success in Tamil-language films.
Mr Rahman expanded his Panchathan Record Inn studio by establishing AM Studios in Kodambakkam, Chennai in 2005. He established himself in Shekhar Kapoor's first British film, 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' in 2007. He received a best composer nomination at the Hong Kong International Film Festival for 'Jodha Akbar' score.
2014 turned up amazingly for Mr Rahman's career. Claimed to have worked in 12 films in various languages, he scored well in two back to back Hollywood movies, Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred Foot Journey. What makes him posses the most special entity in celebrities is his remarkable involvement in non-film projects including 'Vande Matram', an album released on India's 50th of its independence in1997. He followed it with 'Jana Gana Mana', an album for Bharat Bala.
Mr Rahman is skilled in Carnatic Music, Western and Indian Classical music and Quawwali style. He is married to Saira Banu and has three children Khatija, Rahima and Ameen. Though the list of award which acknowledge Mr Rahman is a long one but here we would like to mention a few awards. Two Academy Awards, Two Grammy Awards, BAFTA Award, A Golden Globe, four National Films Awards, fifteen Film Fare Awards, Padma Bhushan and it goes on making us sat whoa!
He is also involved in a number of charitable causes including 'Save the Children' project. He was appointed global ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a WHO Project in 2004. Rahman opened the KM Music Conservatory with an audio-media education facility to train aspiring musicians.
The most versatile legend of the music industry who has established himself across the world has turned 50 today. Within short span of time, he has earned something way beyond name and fame. We wish him a very Happy Birthday and may the industry give us people like Mr Rahman who are the heroes of the real world.