Dil Hai Chota Saa, Hamma Hamma, Tu Hi Re, Jai Ho; All these songs have been gifted to us by none other “the Mozart of Madras”, Allah Rakha Rahman. Who can forget the iconic Chaiyya Chaiyya song from the movie; Dil Se’? He has long lists of awards with one Golden Globe Award, BAFTA award, two Academy awards, two Grammy awards and many more Indian and international awards which cannot be summed up in one single article. He has received prestigious “Padma Bhushan” award from the Government of Indian the year 2010. Come let’s see some of the interesting things about this living legend.
Rahman was born as R.S. Dileep Kumar to R.K. Shekhar who was a film score composer in Tamil and Malayalam films in the city of Chennai. He started playing guitar at an early age of 9 and after his father’s death he joined musical bands like Roots and founded a rock band Nemesis Avenue. Very soon he began working with the composers like llaiyaarja, Raj koti and he obtained a scholarship from Trinity College London which is one of the most reputed music institutes. In the year 1989 he converted to Islam and thus A.R. Rahman came into being.
In the year 1992 Rahman tasted success when noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam approached him to score soundtrack for his Tamil film Roja which made him the most sought after music composer of his times. He continued to work in Tamil and Malayalam films and in the same year he established a recording studio in Chennai known as Panchatan Record Inn which is one of the most hi-tech music studios in Asia till today. The next film which took Rahman to new heights was Bombay again with Mani Ratnam which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and won both the critical and commercial success. Bombay theme was used in Hollywood film as well. Rahman officially entered Bollywood with Rangeela directed by Ram Gopal Verma which was a massive hit. Rest is the history with Taal, Dil Se, Swades, Rang De Basanti and many more. His work was used in several Hollywood films and he won numerous awards for the same.
In the year 2008 something happened for the first time in Indian history of music. Rahman won two academy awards and a golden globe award for his work in “Slumdog Millionaire”. The year 2011 and 2012 was equally successfully for him with Rockstar and Ek Deewana tha. Other than films Rahman has been the part of various programs including Vande Mataram, concert with Michael Jackson in Munich.
Rahman is considered as the most prominent and prolific composer of the present era. He is proficient in Caranatic music, western classical, Indian classical and Sufi form of music and is well known for integrating eastern classical music and Indian music with electronic music sounds and traditional orchestral arrangements. He is noted as the most respected name in Indian as well as international music fraternity.