Birth name A. S. Dileep Kumar
Also known as
  • A. R. Rahman
  • A. R. R.
  • Allah Rakha Rahman
  • Isai Puyal
  • Mozart of Madras
Born 6 January 1967 (age 50)
Madras, India
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • record producer
  • music director
  • arranger
  • conductor
Years active 1992–present
Website arrahman.com
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Allah-Rakha Rahman , born A. S. Dileep Kumar), is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. A. R. Rahman’s works are noted for integrating Indian classical music with electronic musicworld music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and sixteen Filmfare Awards South. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2010 by the Government of India.[1] In 2009, Rahman was included on the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people.[2] The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of “Tomorrow’s World Music Icons” in August 2011.[3] Rahman’s work have earned him the honorific nickname of “The Mozart of Madras”, and “Isai Puyal” (English: the Musical Storm).[4]

With an in-house studio (Panchathan Record Inn in Chennai), Rahman’s film-scoring career began during the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja. Working in India’s film industriesinternational cinema and theatre, Rahman is one of the world’s all-time best-selling recording artists.[5][6][7] In a notable two-decade career, he has been acclaimed for redefining contemporary Indian film music and contributing to the success of several films. Rahman has become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for a number of causes and charities. In 2017, Rahman made his debut as a director and writer for the film Le Musk.[8]

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