A.R. Rahman Biography
A.R.Rahman was born on January 6, 1967 in Chennai as A. S. Dileep Kumar. After he converted to Islam, he was called A.R. (Allah Rakha Rahman). Rahman is married to Saira Banu (not actress Saira Banu); they have three children. Names are Khatija, Rahima and Ameen. His father, as a conductor and composer, died. When he was only 11 years old, he joined the troupe of the famous South Indian composer. He graduated from Trinity College of Oxford University in Western Classical Music. In 1991, when the famous director asked him to create music for his movie Roja, his lucky journey came. Roja’s music continued to create waves, and since then it has not looked back.
Career and Legacy
He wrote more than 300 songs and later said that this experience taught him discipline, because jingles writing require a strong message or emotion in a short period of time. In 1991, Rahman met Bollywood film director Manilatnan at a ceremony to win a coffee advertising award, and he persuaded him to write music for the film. Their first project was Roja (1992), which led to Rahman’s first film soundtrack. Next is more than 100 soundtracks, including Lagaan (2001), the first Oscar-winning Bollywood movie. Rahman’s album sales exceeded 100 million. Rahman continues to work on the screen, filming for Bollywood, and increasingly filming for Hollywood.
Soundtrack and Background Score
In addition to the successful soundtrack, he is also well received for his background score and is the one of the best background score composers in India. His background scores are identify by subtle choreography and ambient sounds. He has been trained in Western classical music, often using traditional instruments such as guitar, cello, flute, string, keyboard, fingerboard, Harpejji, Santoor and traditional instruments such as Tabla, Sitar, Veenai and Shehnai.
In addition to receiving good reviews, Rahman’s background scores have given him many prestigious awards, from the Oscars to the Filmfare Awards.
Musical Style and Impact
Rahman specializes in western music, Karnatic and Hindustan classical music, and Nawrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawwali style, known for combining these and other types of film songs, layering instruments in different musical styles. In the 1980s Rahman recorded a mono arrangement with his music predecessors KV Mahadevan and Vishwanathan-Ramamoorthy. In the years that followed, his approach changed because he experimented with the blend of traditional instruments with new electronic sounds and techniques.
Rahman’s musical interest and prospects stem from his love of experimentation. His work takes full advantage of alignment, arrangement and vocals, blending Indian pop music with unique sounds, forms and instruments. With this fusion style and extensive lyrics, the attraction of Rahman music spans the class and culture of Indian society.
Awards and Achievements
As the winner of six National Film Awards and six winners of the Tamil Nadu National Film Awards, he won 15 film awards and 16 film awards for his music in 2006; due to his global the contribution of music won the Stanford University award. Rahman entered the Linka record as “the Indian of the Year who contributed to popular music.” In 2008 he received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Madras Rotary Club. In 2009 he won Golden Globe Award for Best Originality Award, and the BAFTA Best Film Music Award in 2010 for his slum millionaire scoring. Received two Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards. In November 2013, a street was named after him in Markham, Ontario, Canada. On October 24, 2014, Rahman received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music at a concert that honored the music of international students. On October 4, 2015, the Seychelles government appointed A. R. Rahman, the cultural ambassador of Seychelles.