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ALLAH RAKHA RAHMAN
Date of Birth 06-01-1966
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Allah Rakha Rahman (born 6 January 1966 as A. S. Dileep Kumar) is an Indian composer, singer song writer, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist.Described as the worlds most prominent and prolific film composer by time,his works are notable for integrating eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. His extensive body of work for film and the stage earned him the nickname the Mozart of Madras and several Tamil commentators and fans have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (English: Music Storm).In 2009, Time placed Rahman in its list of Worlds Most Influential People. The UK based World Music magazine Songlines named him one of Tomorrows World Music Icons' in August 2011.

Having set up his own in house studio called Panchathan Record Inn at Chennai, arguably one of Asias most sophisticated and high tech studios, Rahmans film scoring career began in the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja. Working in Indias various film industries, international cinema and theatre, Rahman has reportedly sold more than 300 million records worldwide of his film scores and soundtracks as of 2009 for over 100 film scores worldwide, making him one of the worlds all time top selling recording artists.In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and thus contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charitiesA. R. Rahman was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to a musically affluent Mudaliar Tamil family. His father R. K. Shekhar, was a film music composer and conductor for Tamil as well as Malayalam films. Rahman used to assist his father during recordings and play keyboard for the songs. Rahman lost his father at the age of 9 and his family had to rent out his fathers musical equipment as their source of income. Rahman was raised by his mother Kareema (born Kashturi).During these formative years, Rahman served as a keyboard player and an arranger in bands such as Roots, with childhood friend and percussionist Sivamani, John Anthony, Suresh Peters, JoJo and Raja. Rahman is the founder of the Chennai-based rock group, Nemesis Avenue.He mastered various music instruments like Keyboard, Piano, Synthesizer, Harmonium and Guitar. His curiosity in Synthesizer in particular, increased because, he says, it was the ideal combination of music and technology.Awards AR Rahman at his residence in Chennai after bagging two Academy Awards for his work in Slumdog Millionaire (2009) Rahman was the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music.He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West End production. A four time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South for his music and scores. He has been conferred Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu for excellence in the field of music, special music achievement awards from the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Padma Shri from the Government of India.In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music.In 2007, Rahman was entered into the Limca Book of Records as Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music and the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the original composer of Maa Tujhe Salaam, from the album Vande Mataram – the song performed in the most number of languages worldwide. He is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Rotary Club of Madras.In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score,the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards. Rahman has received honorary doctorates from Middlesex University and Aligarh Muslim University. Later the year Rahman was conferred the honorary doctorate from Anna University in Chennai. He has also won two Grammy Awards, for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for a Visual Media.Rahman was awarded the Padma Bhushan, Indias third highest civilian honor, in 2010.Rahmans work for the film 127 Hours garnered him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song in 2011. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, presented to him by Trinity College London.On May 7th 2012, he was conferred Honorary Doctorate from the Miami University, Ohio. During the acceptance speech, he mentioned that he received a Christmas card from the US President's family and an invitation for the dinner at White House.

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  Rahman was the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music.He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four-time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South for his music and scores. He has been conferred Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu for excellence in the field of music, special music achievement awards from the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Padma Shri from the Government of India.In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music. In 2007, Rahman was entered into the Limca Book of Records as Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music and the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the original composer of Maa Tujhe Salaam, from the album Vande Mataram the song performed in the most number of languages worldwide (265). He is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Rotary Club of Madras. In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards. Rahman has received honorary doctorates from Middlesex University and Aligarh Muslim University. Later the year Rahman was conferred the honorary doctorate from Anna University in Chennai.[100] He has also won two Grammy Awards, for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for a Visual Media Rahman was awarded the Padma Bhushan, Indias third highest civilian honor, in 2010.Rahmans work for the film 127 Hours garnered him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, presented to him by Trinity College London

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