The Music Icon: A R Rahman

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Allah Rakha Rahman or as we call him, A.R. Rahman, one of the living legends from the music industry, has been a musical sensation for more than two decades now. Acclaimed for fusing Indian classical and electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangement, Rahman’s birth name was Dileep Shekhar. In 2010 Rahman was honored with Padma Bhushan, in 2009 made his place in the ‘Times 100 list of world’s most influential people’ and in 2011 the ‘Songlines’, a UK based world-music magazine, gave a handle of “Tomorrow’s World Music Icons”


  • Rahman assisted his father R.K. Shekhar who was a film-score composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films playing the keyboard. After his father’s demise, he founded the Chennai-based rock group Nemesis Avenue and even excelled in keyboard, piano, synthesizer, harmonium, and guitar, but he revered synthesizer because it was the “ideal combination of music and technology”
  • R. began his musical career by producing scores for documentaries, advertisements, and television channel and in 1992, he got his first break to produce score and soundtrack for Mani Ratnam’s Roja.
  • He incepted Panchathan Record Inn, a recording and mixing studio in his backyard which is the most-advanced recording studio in India and undoubtedly one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios.
  • The composer is a four-time National Film Award winner, fifteen times Filmfare- Awards receiver, is entitled to Kalaimamani from Government of Tamil Nadu and a recipient of Padma Shri. He has even bagged two Grammy Awards: Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
  • The legend is a creditor of an award from Standford University for his remarkable contribution to global music and managed to get into the Limca Book of Records as “Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music”.


Indeed, Cricket without Sachin and music with Rahman is dull and pale.




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