A. R. Rahman Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography & More

A. R. Rahman

A. R. Rahman is a famous composer of Hindi films.Rahman, the king of music, Apart from Hindi has also given music in films in many languages. Rahman is the first Indian to be honored with the Golden Globe Award. A.R. Rahman is the first Indian to receive three Oscar nominations for his music in the British Indian film Slumdog Millionaire. The song ‘Jai Ho’ from the same film won two Grammy Awards in the category of Best Soundtrack Compilation and Best Film Song.

A R Rahman Bio/Wiki

Real NameA S Dileep Kumar
Full NameAllah Rakha Rahman
Nick NameAllah Rakha Rahman
Profession Music Director, Composer
A. R. Rahman Debut Music DirectorRoja (1992) (Tamil, Hindi)
Album– Vande Mataram (1997)
Physical Stat
A R Rahman Height In Centimetre- 165 cm
In Metre-  1.65 m
In Feet- 5’5”
WeightIn Kilogram- 70 kg  
In Pound- 154 lbs
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
A. R. Rahman DOB6 January 1967
A. R. Rahman Age (2022)55 Years
Birthplace Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Home town Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 
School Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai
College/University Madras Christian College, ChennaiTrinity College Of Music, Oxford University, UK
Religion/CastIslam (Converted From Hinduism)
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
HobbiesPlaying the keyboard
Family member
Marital StatusMarried
A. R. Rahman WifeSaira Banu
ChildrenDaughter– Khatija, Rahima
Son– Ameen 
Parents Father– R. K. Shekhar
Mother– Kareema Begum
SiblingBrother– None
Sister– A R Reihana, Fatima Rafiq, Ishrath Qadri.
A. R. Rahman Net worth (2021)80 Million USD
Charges Per MovieN/A
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Family, Early Life and Education

He was born on 6 January 1967 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His name at birth was AS Dilip Kumar which he later changed to AR Rahman. Rahman has inherited music from his father. His father RK Shekhar used to give music in Malayalam films. Rahman received music education from Master Dhanraj. At the age of 11, Rahman used to play keyboard (synthesiser) for the band Roots with his childhood friend Shivamani. He used to work for Ilayaraja’s band. Rahman is credited with founding the band “Nemesis Avenue” from Chennai. 

He played keyboard, piano, harmonium and guitar. He considers the synthesiser to be a wonderful amalgamation of art and technology. His father died when Rahman was nine years old and his family had to sell musical instruments for money. Things got so bad that his family had to convert to Islam. While working in the band group, he also received a scholarship from Trinity College of Music, London, from where he earned a degree in Western Classical Music.

AR Rahman’s wife’s name is Saira Banu. They have three children – Khadija, Rahim and Aman. He is also a relative of South Indian actor Rashin Rahman. Rahman is the uncle of music composer G V Prakash Kumar.

A. R. Rahman Career

Rahman started recording his own music in 1991. In 1992, he was invited by film director Mani Ratnam to compose music for his film Roja. The film was a musical hit and Rahman won the Filmfare Award in the first film itself. 

Rahman’s winning streak that started with this award continues till date. More than 200 crore recordings of Rahman’s songs have been sold. 

Today he is counted among the top ten music composers in the world. He has composed music in films like Tehzeeb, Bombay, Dil Se, Rangeela, Taal, Jeans, Pukar, Fiza, Lagaan, Mangal Pandey, Swadesh, Rang De Basanti, Jodha-Akbar, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Yuvraj, Slum Dog Millionaire, Ghajini. Have given. He made the album “Vande Mataram” in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence, which was a huge success. 

Another important work of his was the album “Jana Gana Mana”, directed by Bharat Bala, in which many eminent personalities associated with Indian classical music contributed. 

He himself wrote jingles for many commercials and composed their music. He formed a troupe of dancers from Tamil cinema along with well-known choreographers Prabhu Deva and Shobhana, who gave stage performances with Michael Jackson.

Awards and Honors

A six-time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, he has fifteen Filmfare Awards and sixteen Filmfare Awards South for his music.

In 2006, he received an award from Stanford University for his contributions to global music.

He has received honorary doctorates from Middlesex University, Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University in Chennai and Miami University in Ohio. 

A street was named in his honour in Markham, Ontario, Canada in November 2013.

Some Facts About A. R. Rahman

  •  Rahman was born as a Hindu and was originally called Dileep Kumar but he embraced Islam after his fatally ill younger sister was cured by a Sufi saint Karimullah Shah Kadri. Dilip Kumar then became Allah Rakha Rahman.
  • Rahman wanted to become a computer engineer. He Says ‘the computer engineering world’s loss is the music world’s gain.’
  • AR Rahman might be the country’s best musician but he didn’t complete his schooling. Rahman was asked to leave school because of poor attendance at the age of 15.
  • His first salary was Rs. 50 earned for operating a record player.
  • A street in Markham, Ontario, Canada, has been  named in his honor in November 2013.
  • Rahman and his son, Ameen share the same birth date, that is 6th January!
  • Airtel’s signature tune, composed by Rahman, is the world’s most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads.

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