Allahrakka Rahman, aka AR Rahman is an Indian music composer and singer who is also a very well known music director. Mr. Rahman has won several National awards for his performances and amazing compositions.
Born on 6th January 1967 in Chennai, Rahman started off as a musician at the age of 20. His career has been fantastic since then. Let’s look at his journey here:
Rahman worked as a roadie for 4 Years at the age of 10 to support his family after his father passed away suddenly due to complications with cancer.
He wanted to become a computer engineer in electronic gadgets because technology fascinated him. It was his mother who convinced him to pursue music.
Rahman initially composed jingles for advertisements, one of them being for Titan Watches. He never wanted to work for the film ‘Roja’ as he believed it was too big for him. It was Mani Ratnam who convinced him to work with him. Later he made history as the first, first-time composer to win the national award for the soundtrack for Roja that was listed in Time magazine's "10 Best Soundtracks" of all time.
He says that he discards 5% of the music for every movie he works on before finding the right music. The Oscar-winning song “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire was a result of that as it was initially composed for the Salman Khan starrer “Yuvraaj”.
A.R. Rahman achieved popularity at a very young age when he played 4 keyboards at the same time in Doordarshan’s Wonder Balloon. He is now a part of a music group called SuperHeavy which includes members like Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, and Damien Marley who aim to produce music with different styles.
A.R. Rahman was paid 50 rupees for his first job in the music industry. He made history when he won the national award for composing the film ‘Roja’ and later also became the first Asian to win 2 Oscars in the same year.
It took 2 years for Rahman to learn and master the use of LogicPro to do sound mixing and its transition in 1997. A.R. Rahman works on his music during the night as he is not disturbed by phone calls or anything that might break his flow.
A.R. Rahman is very conscious about his dressing style, especially when he has to appear in any of the bigger events like film festivals and seeks the help of two people, his wife, and his costume designer Deepak to dress him well.
A.R. Rahman is known to have close relations with previous US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama and receives a Christmas card from them every year. He also has a street named after him in Markham, Ontario, Canada called Allah Rakka Rahman Street in his honour in November 2013.
Even though A.R. Rahman has many hit songs in the Hindi language, he is not able to speak Hindi fluently. The keyboard that he used to learn music as a teenager is on display at his studio in Chennai.
He shares his birthday with his son, Ameen.
AR Rahman won 5 honorary doctorates, including one from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Such a great personality, we must say!