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Indian film composer Born: January 6, 1967 (age 54 years), Chennai, India Spouse: Saira Banu (m. 1995) Awards: Academy Award for Best Music (Original Song) Children: Khatija Rahman, Rahima Rahman, A. R. Ameen Hometown: Chennai Wife: Saira Banu Real Name A. S. Dileep Kumar Full Name Allah Rakha Rahman Nickname(s) Isai Puyal, The Mozart of Madras Profession(s) Music Director, Singer Height (approx.) in centimeters- 165 cm in meters- 1.65 m in Feet Inches- 5’ 5” Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 70 kg in pounds- 154 lbs Eye Colour Brown Hair Colour Black Date of Birth 6 January 1967 Age (as in 2021) 54 Years Birthplace Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Zodiac sign Capricorn Nationality Indian Hometown Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India School Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai College Madras Christian College, Chennai Trinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom Educational Qualification Degree in Western Classical Music Family Father- R. K. Shekhar (Music Composer) Mother- Kareema Beegum Brother- None Sisters- A. R. Reihana, Fathima Rafiq and Ishrath Qadri Religion Islam (converted from Hinduism) Hobbies Playing the Keyboard Marital Status Married Wife/Spouse Saira Banu Children Daughter- Khatija, Rahima Son- Ameen

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Rahman is married to Saira Banu (not to be confused with actress Saira Banu); they have three children: Khatija, Rahima and Ameen. Ameen has sung “NaNa” from Couples Retreat, and Khatija has sung “Pudhiya Manidha” from Enthiran. Rahman is the uncle of composer G. V. Prakash Kumar, the son of his elder sister A. R. Reihana. Rahman’s younger sister, Fathima, heads his music conservatory in Chennai. The youngest, Ishrath, has a music studio. A.R.Rahman is the co-brother of film actor Rahman. Born Hindu, Rahman converted to Islam when he was in his 20s. After the early death of his father, his family experienced difficult times; Sufism influenced his mother, who was a practising Hindu and, eventually, his family. During the 81st Academy Awards ceremony Rahman paid tribute to his mother: “There is a Hindi dialogue, mere pass ma hai, which means ‘even if I have got nothing I have my mother here’.” He said, “Ella pughazhum iraivanukke” (“All praise to God” in Tamil, a translation from the Quran) before his speech. Rahman was known earlier known as A. S. Dileep Kumar before he converted from Hinduism to Islam. He had a difficult childhood as his father died when he was 9 years old, leaving him as the sole earning source of his family. Initially, he used to play his father’s keyboard to earn money. He scored 62% in his board exams. He aspired to be a computer engineer. Following the footsteps of his father, he incepted his early training in music from Master Dhanraj. His first salary was 50 (INR) for operating a record player. From 1984-88, he was part of the band called Roots”. During this period, he also played keyboard for 10 – 12 Kannada films. Later, he became part of a rock band called “Nemesis Avenue”, where he worked as producer-arranger and also performed for a concert ‘Jive live’. In 1987, he started composing short songs for ad commercials, first among them was Alwyn’s new trendy range of watches. And, in the span of 5 years, he composed around 300 of them. In 1989, he and his family converted to Islam from Hinduism after his sister felt magical relief out of her severe illness from the blessings of a Pir Qadri called Sheik Abdul Qadir Jeelani. In 1991, he met a producer, Sharada Trilok, who introduced him to her cousin, Mani Ratnam who got so much impressed with his performance, that he gave him a breakthrough in the film Roja (1992). In 2005, the same song was listed among TIME’s “10 Best Soundtracks” of all time. Very few people know that the first film for which he composed music was Mohanlal starrer Yodha (1992), a Malayalam film. By 2004, he was among the world’s all-time top-selling recording artists, as till then, he sold almost 200 million cassettes and 150 million recordings of his soundtracks. Though he loves to compose music of all genders, but romantic is his favorite. In 2008, he founded KM College of Music and Technology in Chennai, which was inaugurated by Mukesh Ambani. His Oscar Award-winning song “Jai Ho” was initially composed for the Bollywood film Yuvvraaj (2008), but it later became a part of Slumdog Millionaire (2008). In 2012, he had received a Christmas card and a dinner invitation from Barack Obama, the then President of the United States at the White House. He shares his birthday (6 January) with his son, Ameen. He is a global ambassador of the WHO’s “Stop TB Partnership” and also supports “Save the Child” in India. In 2013, a street was named in his honour in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Unlike other musicians, he likes composing music at night. His favourite raaga is ‘Sindhu Bhairavi’. Along with filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor, he has launched a social media platform called “Qyuki”, to showcase the raw talent in India. On 20 January 2017, he along with members of the Nadigar Sangam observed a one-day fast to support the people of Tamil Nadu protesting against the ban on Jallikattu ( a bull-taming event). In January 2018, he became the first-ever brand ambassador of Sikkim.

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