A.R Rahman – The Melody king

A.R Rahman – The Melody king

A.R Rahman – The musical storm

A.R Rahman

A small boy from chennai, A.R Rehman developed interest in music inspired from his father who was a composer. After getting techinal support from his family he started working passionatly for his dream. He faced many hurdles in the beginning but he kept on working. In this article we have decided to spread information regarding A.R Rahman – The Musical Storm who is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer and musician . Rahman works for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music chennai, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.

Early age

Rahman was born in , Tamil Nadu, India in a middle-class Tamil family. His father, R. K. Shekhar, was a  composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films. Rahman supported his father by playing keyboard in the studio. His father died when he was 11 year old and his father’s musical equipment provided his family’s income.

A.R Rahman
Young Rahman

Helped by his mother, Kareema, Rahman was a keyboard player and arranger for bands with childhood friend and founded the Chennai-based rock group Nemesis Avenue. He is master in playing the keyboard, piano, synthesizer, harmonium and guitar, and was particularly interested in the synthesizer because it was the “ideal combination of music and technology”.

Rahman started his early musical training under Master Dhanraj. At the age 11 he began playing in the orchestra of Malayalam composer. He worked with many other composers, such as Ilaiyaraaja, Ramesh Naidu and Raj-Koti, accompanied Zakir Hussain, and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship from Trinity College London to the Trinity College of Music.

After getting early education in Chennai, Rahman graduated with a diploma in Western classical music from the school. Rahman was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister was seriously ill in 1984. He converted to Islam (his mother’s religion) with other members of his family in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from R.S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman .


Rahman started his journey in film industry in 1992 when he started Panchathan Record Inn, a recording and mixing studio in his backyard. Now it is  the most-advanced recording studio in India, and arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios.

In 2005 Rahman thought to expand his Panchathan Record Inn studio by establishing AM Studios in Chennai, the most cutting-edge studio in Asia. In the next year he launched his own music label, KM Music.

In 1999, Rahman made his partenership with choreographers Shobana and  famous dancer Prabhu Deva and a Tamil film-dancing troupe to perform with Michael Jackson in Munich, Germany.

Rahman with Jackson
Rahman with Jackson


The year 2014 was one of the busiest years for Rahman, when he worked in 12 films in various languages. While his first release for the year was  movie Highway which got positive reviews, his very next release was the performance captured animated film Kochadaiiyaan.

The film’s score and soundtrack got appraised and  long-listed at the Academy Awards. His next were the two back to back Hollywood films, Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred Foot Journey, both of which got  nominated at the Oscars. His next release was Shankar’s supernatural thriller movie I and action film Lingaa, both of which were highly appreciated after release.

In December 2012 Rahman and Shekhar Kapoor launched Qyuki, a networking site which is a platform for story writers to exchange their thoughts. Other companies invested ₹270 million in this startup, giving it a 17-percent share.

Personal life

Rahman with family
Rahman with family

Rahman is married to Saira Banu and has three children Khatija, Rahima and Ameen. Their childrens are also growing in this field as they have sung many song for movies. Rahman is the uncle of composer G. V. Prakash Kumar, the son of his older sister A. R. Reihana. His family is attached with music industry from many years. His sister Reihana is also a music director. Rahman’s younger sister, Fathima, heads his music conservatory in Chennai. The youngest, Ishrath, has a music studio. Rahman is very famous in foreign countries as he has worked their also.

Humanitarian work

Rahman is involved with a number of charitable causes. In 2004 he was selected as the global ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership which was a  WHO project. Rahman has supported Save the Children India and worked with Yusuf Islam.

A.R Rahman

In 2008 Rahman opened the KM Music Conservatory with an audio-media education facility to train the aspiring musicians in vocals, instruments, music technology and sound design. He composed the theme music for a 2006 short film for The Banyan to aid poor women in Chennai.

In 2008 Rahman and famous percussionist Sivamani created a song, “Jiya Se Jiya”, inspired by the Free Hugs Campaign and promoted it with a video filmed in a number of Indian cities.


A.R Rahman – The Musical Storm was the special guest in Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for his contributions to music, and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West End production.

He is four-time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, he has fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South for his music. Rahman has received a Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu for excellence in the field of music, musical-achievement awards from the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and a Padma Shri from the Government of India.

In 2006, he received an award from Stanford University for his contributions to global music. The following year, Rahman entered the Limca Book of Records as “Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music”. He received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Madras.

A.R Rahman

In 2009, for his Slumdog Millionaire score, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and two Academy Awards at the 81st Academy Awards. He has received honorary doctorates from Middlesex University, Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University in Chennai and Miami University in Ohio.

The composer has won two Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for Visual Media. Rahman received the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour, in 2010.

On 24 October 2014 Rahman was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music during a concert paying tribute to his music featuring an international cast of students.

During his acceptance speech of his honorary doctorate from Miami University in Ohio, Rahman mentioned that he received a Christmas card from the family of the President of the United States and an invitation to dinner at the White House. A street was named in his honour in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

A.R Rahman

Government of Seychelles Awards Culture Ambassador of Seychelles to A.R Rahman for the apprecitaion of invaluable services contributed to enchance of Seychelles’ Art and Development.

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