Corliss, the author of the article, That Old Feeling: Isn't It
Rahmantic? in Time.com says, the name of Rahman for the Indian
audience "stands for melody, quality, energy , instant hummability — a
sound both personal and universal, devouring older forms and
transforming them into something gorgeously new." The person that
defines so much of what music is to us, is the celebrity of our focus
Born on 6th January 1966, Rahman
started his career by joining the troupe of the reining South Indian
Music Composer IIaiyaraja as a keyboard player. He played for many
famous artists like M.S Vishwanathan, Ramesh Naidu and Zaakhir Hussain.
In 1991, Rahman began his own studio and composed Jingles for
advertisements. His first venture into films was Roja, a tamil film
directed by Mani Ratnam which announced the entry of a new Music
Director. From then on, there was no stopping this Musical Genius.
"Yaare re yaare re zor lagaake nache re" marked the entry of this
Musical Genius into Bollywood. Debuting with Rangeela, Rahman has
composed for several films, his latest being Guru. Rahman has dazzled
us with his extremely unique blend of classical music throughout his
career, making a mark all around the world. Today, songs from his
oldest movies still play on the radio and are available to listen to
Often called the Mozart of Indian Music, Rahman ventured beyond India.
He worked with Lloyed Webber, composing for musicals like Bombay
Dreams. He has composed for Lord Of The Rings threatre production and
Warriors of Heaven and Earth, a Chinese film.
is interesting is, he is known to have sold over 100 million records
worldwide and over 200 million cassettes. He also obtained a
scholarship to Trinity College at Oxford University, where he received
a degree in Western classical music
Rahman is the receiver of several prestigious awards. He has received
the National Award four times and is the only artist to receive it as a
debutant for Roja. The internationally acclaimed artist has received
the Laurence Oliver Award for the most Outstanding Musical (Bombay
Dreams) and Dora Moore Awards for the General Theatre Division -
Outstanding Musical Direction for Lord of The Rings.
the personal side, Allah Rakha Rahman born on 6th January, 1966 to RK
Sekhar and Kareema Begum, and formerly known as A.S. Dileep Kumar,
started learning piano at the very young age. His father died when
Rahman was nine years old. His family used to rent out musical
equipment to make ends meet, something they found very difficult.
During those hard times, a Sufi (Muslim) saint helped them spiritually.
This led Dileep to convert to Islam, changing his name to Allah Rakha
From 'Roja Jaaneman' to 'Vande Matram' to his latest 'Tere Bina' in
Guru, Rahman has never failed to experiment with new techniques, and
dazzle us with mesmerizing music. He has definitely won our hearts as
an outstanding music director – one of the Best India has produced!