Sunday, October 4, 2009

A R Rehman

Name: A R Rehman (Dileep Kumar)
DOB : 6th January, 1966
Category: Music Director
Country: India, Chennai
Family: Father - K.A.Sekhar, Mother - Kareema Begum, Wife - Saira Banu , Daughters - Khatija and Rafia .

Born as Dileep Kumar in Chennai on 6th January 1966. His father R.K.Sekhar was a conductor in Malayalam movies. He had a huge loss at the age of 9, when he lost his father.

Started playing keyboard in Illayaraja's troupe at a very young age of 11. He went on to work with various troupes. He received a degree in Western Classical Music from Trinity College of Music at Oxford University.

He composed music to ads and albums before entering in to cinema. With his entry in to cinema with the film 'roja' directed by Manirathnam, he become a instant flick. He made his debut in Hindi with RamGopal Verma's movie Rangeela (colorful) (1995).

Thus he started a new trend in Indian Music. His unique style and the use of technology has revived music in Indian film Industry.
He has also released few super hit albums like Vande Mataram (1996), Bombay Dreams (2002). Now he is one of the leading musicians around the world.

Personal life

He is married to Saira Banu and has three children, Khadijah, Rahima, and Aameen. Rahman is the uncle of composer G. V. Prakash Kumar, who is the son of Rahman's elder sister, A. R. Reihana. He is related to South Indian actor Rahman. Rahman is a practising Sufi Muslim. He had become an atheist as a result of childhood struggles, he eventually converted in to Islam in 1989, the religion of his mother's family.

He is very devoted to his mother. During the Oscar Award, he paid her a tribute saying: "There is a Hindi dialogue 'mere pass ma hai' which means even if I have got nothing I have my mother here."


Rahman was the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four-time National Film Award winner and conferred the Padma Shri from the Government of India, Rahman has also received six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards and twelve Filmfare Awards South for his music and scores. In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music. In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won the Critics' Choice Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 2009 Oscars. Middlesex University and Aligarh Muslim University have announced that they plan to bestow honorary doctorates on Rahman.

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