A. R Rahman is known as an Indian Music director, Composer, Song Writer and singer. He introduced India from Classical Indian music with Electronic Music. After the completion of his study in music he started his career as a musician by debuting in an Indian movie “ROJA”. He has won many musical awards during his career which including National Film Awards, Academy Awards, Germany Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe, Film Fare Awards, Awards from the Government of India. Presently, he is also working and giving his best effort to the musical industry of India or Bollywood. He is given by some titled name from his South Indian fans and these are “Mozart of Madras” and “Isai Puyal”.


Real Name Allah-Rakha Rahman
Nick Name The Mozart of Madras, Isai Puyal
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Philanthropist, Record Producer, Music Director
Famous for Singing
Date of Birth 06-Jan-67
Age(as in 2020) 53 years
Birth Place Chennai , Tamil Nadu
Nationality Indian
Home Town Kodambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
School Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai
College/University Madras Christian College, Chennai
Trinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Educational Qualification Degree in Western Music
Religion Islam
Address Kodambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Height 165 cm
Weight 70 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Hobbies Singing
Smokes? No
Drinks Alcohol? No

Birth & Early Life

A. R. Rahman was born on 06-01-1967 in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. He is an Indian Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Philanthropist, Record Producer, Music Director, Playback Singer, Conductor & Arranger who best known for his work in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, English and Malayalam films.


A. R Rahman

A. R. Rahman, the pride of India, a Music Composer, Singer, Lyricist and the Instrumental player who had difficult times in his childhood. Rahman started to learn Piano at the age of four. After his father’s demise, he started to play piano professionally to support his family financially when he was eleven years. He showed his musical excellence as playing in bands and jingles. He created more than 300 Jingles which polished his profession in a greater way. He was part of the band called “Roots” from 1984-88. During this prime period, he scored keyboard for 10 – 12 Kannada films.

He met Director Mani Ratnam while receiving an award for his coffee advertisement in the year of 1991. Mani Ratnam was influenced by Rahman’s soundtracks and their first Project was Roja (1992) and this was a commercial hit and debut film in his musical journey. In the same year, back to back he composed a Malayalam film, Yodha. A.R. Rahman started to work for various films in all the Indian languages and in Hollywood too. There are umpteen numbers of super hit musical movies we could say out of which Rangeela, Bombay, Taal, Rang De Basanti, Gentleman, Enthiran (The Robot) are few.

He for the film “Roja” bagged the “Rajat Kamal” award as the Best Music Director at the National Film Awards. He won BAFTA, Golden Globe and an Academy Award for the song “Jai Ho”, Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

He continued to win Grammy Awards in 2010. Rahman won many musical hearts and won the title “Isai Puyal” and “Mozart of Madras”. Besides such prestigious award, the Oscar winner was also decorated with many honorary Doctorates and Awards. He never missed bagging the awards for background scores for the films Guru, Jodhaa Akbar. Though he is expert in composing all genres, his close to heart is a Romantic genre.

A. R. Rahman founded “KM College of Music and Technology” Chennai, in the year 2008 which was inaugurated by the Shri. Mukesh Ambani. He received a Christmas card and a dinner invitation from the Former President of the U.S Mr. Barack Obama. He is a supporter of “Save the child” in India and a global ambassador of the WHO’s “Stop TB Partnership”. A Street in the US was named as a token of honor in the year 2013.

Favorite things of A. R Rahman

Favorite Film Not Known
Favorite TV Show Not Known
Favorite Singer Ilayaraja, Mohammad Rafi
Favorite Sport Cricket

Marital Status and More

Marital Status Married
Marriage Date 12-Mar-95
Controversies A fatwa or periphery was issued against him for making music out of biopic on Prophet Muhammad, called “Muhammad: The Messenger of God.”
Salary (Approx.) 5-8 crore/film (INR)
Net Worth $280 million

Social Media Presence

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arrahman
Twitter https://twitter.com/arrahman
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/arrahman

A. R. Rahman Family, Relatives and Other Relations

AR Rahman was born in a musical Mudaliyar family and his father R. K. Shekhar was a music composer. His mother name was Kareema Beegum. He was a born Hindu and due to some family issues, the entire family got converted into Islamic region. He has three sisters named Ishrath Qadri, Fathima Shekhar & A. R. Reihana (Playback Singer & mother of actor/singer G. V. Prakash Kumar). He is married to Saira Banu since 1995 and together the couple has three children include a son named A. R. Ameen & two daughters named Khatija Rahman, Rahima Rahman. His sister-in-law Mehrunnisa is married to actor Rahman.

Some Facts about A. R. Rahman

  • For his first project Roja, he received a paycheck of Rs. 25000.
  • He has formed an international music group named ‘Super Heavy’ along with Hollywood musicians like Face Stewart, Joss Stone, and Mick Jagger.
  • He was invited by none other than the then US Presiden Barrak Obama to perform at the White House.
  • He is often referred as the Mozart of Madras.
  • He has close ties with legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Rajnikanth.
  • He is the only Asian who has won Oscar Award twice.