A. R. Rahman

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Allah Rakha Rahman

A.R Rahman is one of the most prominent and prolific film composer in India. He is also known as “the Mozart of Madras”.

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Allah Rakha Rahman
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Formative Years

A. R. Rahman's father R. K. Shekhar, was a film music composer and conductor for Tamil as well as Malayalam films. Rahman used to assist his father during recordings and played the keyboard for the songs.

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Formative Years
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Begining of Music Career

Rahman pursued music as a career at a very young age and after assisting leading musicians in India went on to compose jingles and scores for popular Indian television features. He also obtained a degree in western classical music from the Trinity College of Music, London and set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record-Inn at Chennai. In 1991, noted film maker Mani Ratnam offered Rahman the movie 'Roja' which was a run-away success and brought nationwide fame and acclaim to the composer. The movie also won Rahman the Indian National Award for the best music composer, the first time ever by a debutant. Since then, Rahman has gone on to win the National Award 3 more times, the most ever by any music composer.

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Begining of Music Career
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Film Scores and Soundtracks

Many successful scores for films include 'Dil Se' and 'Taal.' Sufi mysticism inspired the track "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from the former. His score for the Chennai production Minsaara Kanavu garnered Rahman his second National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1997, and a South Filmfare Award for Best Music Direction in a Tamil film, breaking a record with six consecutive wins in the latter category. Rahman would go onto win the award a further three consecutive times. In the 2000's Rahman created hit scores for Rajiv Menon's Kandukondain Kandukondain, Alaipayuthey, Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades and Rang De Basanti.

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Film Scores and Soundtracks
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International Acclaim

In 2008, Rahman's work gained global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for 'Slumdog Millionaire' that won 8 Academy Awards including two for Rahman, for Best Score and Best Song. Rahman won over 15 awards for his score including two Grammys, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.

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International Acclaim
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Awards and Recognition

Rahman has been bestowed with the 'Padma Bhushan' and 'Padma Shri', two of India's highest national civilian honours, recognizing his contribution to music, in addition to several other awards including 4 Indian National Film Awards and 25 Filmfare Awards, India's leading recognition for films. He has also been conferred with honorary doctorates from the Trinity College of Music, Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University and the Middlesex University.

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Awards and Recognition
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Family

He is married to Saira Banu and has three children, Khatija, Rahima, and Ameen. Ameen sang the track "NaNa" from Couples Retreat and his daughter Khatija the track "Pudhiya Manidha" from Enthiran.

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Family
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Humanitarian Work

He has is also a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities. Rahman has expanded his focus to newer horizons like setting up the A R Rahman Foundation to help poor and underprivileged children. He released his first English single, 'Pray For Me Brother' in 2007, with proceeds from the sales going to the foundation. He also serves as the UN Ambassador for the 2015 Millenium Development Goals. Rahman has also announced initiatives to establish a tradition in western classical music in India and recently embarked on an ambitious venture to set up the KM Music Conservatory and the KM Music Symphony Orchestra based out of Chennai, India.

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Humanitarian Work
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Upcoming Projects

He is composing music for upcoming Tamil movies 'Rana' and 'Kochadiyan' both starring Ranjanikanth, Bollywood movies Ekk Deewana Tha and Yash Chopra's next. In Hollywood, Battleship and Welcome to People.

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SuperHeavy

It is a super-group consisting of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, A. R. Rahman, and Damian Marley. Their debut single, "Miracle Worker", released on July 6th, 2011 received positive reviews. Mick Jagger sings in Sanskrit in the soundtrack "Satyameva Jayathe", the second single released on August 9th, 2011. Composed by Rahman, the song also features Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and Damian Marley.

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