Profile & Biography of Music Director AR Rahman


This articles gives information about the profile of A.R.Rahman, his Journey in film industry, Awards won by A.R.Rahman.

A.R.Rahman, Music Director


• Original Name - A.S.Dileep Kumar
• Birth Date – 6-Jan'1966
• Birth Place – Chennai, Tamil Nadu
• Nick Name – Isai Puyal
• Website – arrahman.com
• Father Name – R.K.Shekhar
• Mother Name - Kashturi (a) Karrema.
• Spouse – Saira Banu
• Children – 3 children named as Khadijah, Rahima, Aameen.

Cinema Career of A.R.Rahman


A.R.Rahmanserved as a keyboard player during his initial days along with his child hood friend Sivamani. AR Rahmanalso served as keyboardist in Illayaraja's troupe.

In 1992, Rahman started his own recording studio in his house itself with named as "Panchathan Record Inn" and later it was developed as most advanced studio in India.

In 1992, Maniratnam gave the chance to Rahman to score music for his film Roja. Roja was the one of the biggest hit in Indian cinema. Rahman got National award for his first film itself. Rahman's collaborations with Maniratnam and Shankar have always gives the wonderful songs to audiences.

Journey of AR Rahman in Indian Cinema


1. Roja - Roja is a Tamil film and directed by Maniratnam. Later this movie was dubbed into Hindi, Telugu and other reginal languages.
2. Bombay - Bombay is a Tamil film and directed by Maniratnam.
3. Kaadhalan - Kaadhalan is a Tamil film and directed by Shankar.
4. Karuthamma - Karuthamma is a Tamil film and directed by Bharathiraja.
5. Duet, Indira, Love Birds - These are the Tamil films which gave good name to A.R.Rahman.
6. Muthu - Muthu is a Tamil film and he got good number of fans in Japan because of this Movie.
7. Rangeela - Rangeela is a Hindi film directed by Ram Gopal varma. It is the debut film of Rahman in Hindi film industry
8. Dil se - Dil se is a Hindi film and directed by Maniratnam. Later this movie was dubbed into Tamil also. The music of this movie was biggest hit among the audiences.
9. Iruvar, Taal, Sangamam became huge success in Rahman's carrier. In these movies Rahman used carnatic instruments like veenai, etc.
10. In the year of 2000, Rahman gave many hit movies such as Rajiv Menon's Kandukonden Kandukonden, Maniratnam's Alaipayuthey, Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades and Rang de Basanthi.
11. Direct Shankar and Rehman combination always rules the music world. Gentleman, Jeans, Kaadhalan, Indian, Mudhalvan, Nayak, Boys and Sivaji are the Shankar movies and music composed by Rahman.
12. In the year of 2008, Rahman scored music for Slumdog Millionaire. For this movie Rahman won many International awards like Global Globe, Academy Award and Oscar award.

A.R.Rahman's Album


In 1997, Rahman made an album named as Vande Mataram for the occasion of India's 50th anniversary of Independence. It was a huge success among Indians.

He worked in album Jana Gana Mana with Bharat Bala's direction. In the year of 2002, Rahman composed music for Bombay Dreams.

In 2010, Rahman composed music for theme song of World Classical Tamil Conference which was written by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K.Karunanidhi and directed by Direct Goutham.

National Film Awards won by AR Rahman


National Film Awards won by A.R.Rahman


1993 – National Film Award for the Movie Roja
1997 - National Film Award for the Movie Minsaara Kanavu
2002 - National Film Award for the Movie Lagaan
2003 - National Film Award for the Movie Kannathil Muthamittal

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards won by AR Rahman


1992 - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Movie Roja
1993 - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Movie Gentleman
1994 - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Movie Kaadhalan
1996 - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Movie Minsaara Kanavu
1999 - Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Movie Sangamam

Oscar Award won by AR Rahman


2009 – Rahman won Oscar award for Best Original Music Score for the film of Slumdog Millionaire.
2009 - Rahman won Oscar award for Best Original Song for the film of Slumdog Millionaire.

Golden Globe Award won by AR Rahman


2009 - Rahman won Golden Globe award for Best Original score for the film of Slumdog Millionaire.

Grammy Awards won by AR Rahman


2009 – Rahman won Grammy Award for Best compilation soundtrack album for the film of Slumdog Millionaire.
2009 - Rahman won Grammy Award for Best Song for the film of Slumdog Millionaire.

Filmfare Wards won by AR Rahman


1993 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Roja
1994 – Filmfare South Award for the movie GentleMan
1995 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Kaadhalan
1996 - Filmfare South Award for the movie Bombay and Hindi Filmfare Award for Rangeela>
1997 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Kaadhal Desam
1998 - Filmfare South Award for the movie Minsaara Kanavu
1999 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Jeans and Hindi Filmfare Award for Dil se
2000 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Mudhalvan and Hindi Filmfare Award for Thaal
2001 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Alaipayuthey
2002 - Hindi Filmfare Award for Lagaan
2007 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Sillunu Oru Kadhal and Hindi Filmfare Award for Rang De Bhasanthi
2008 – Filmfare South Award for the movie Sivaji and Hindi Filmfare Award for Guru
2010 - Hindi Filmfare Award for Delhi 6

Honorary Awards won by A.R.Rahman


1. Kalaimamani Award by Government of Tamil Nadu in the year of 1995.
2. Mauritius National Award by Mauritius in the year of 1995.
3. Malaysian Award by Malaysia in the year of 1995.
4. Padma Shri Award by Government of India in the year of 2000. Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award given by Indian Government
5. Honorary award from Stanford University in the year of 2006
6. Life Time Achievement Award from Rotary club of Madras in the year of 2008
7. Honorary Doctorate from Anna University, Aligarh University, Middlesex University in the year of 2009.
8. Padma Bhushan Award from Government of India in the year of 2010. It is the third highest Civilian Award in India.

AR Rahman's Top Ten list


1. A.R.Rahman's first movie Roja was listed as one of the Top 10 Best Soundtracks of all time by TIME magazine in the year of 2005.
2. The Guardian's "1000 albums to Hear before You Die" included the Rahman's Bombay song

In 2005, Rahman developed his Panchathan Record Inn to AM Studio in Kodambakkam of Chennai with well equipped and hi-tech studio in Asia.

A.R.Rahman has been referred as Mozart of Madrasby Time Magazine.


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