Some lesser-known facts about AR Rahman that you should know
As AR Rahman celebrates his 53rd birthday, here are some lesser-known interesting facts about the music maestro.
AR Rahman is undoubtedly one of the most renowned names in the Indian music industry, who have made India proud by giving Indian music global recognition.
The singer-composer has garnered admiration from all over the world, winning various prestigious awards and honours; he has two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Grammy Awards, six National Film Awards, a Golden Globe, and 15 Filmfare Awards to his credit. His brilliant work has always spellbound people making him the go-to musician across languages and film industries.
The music maestro has several iconic songs to his name including Chaiyya Chaiyaa (Dil Se), Kun Faaya Kun (Rockstar), Dil Se Re (Dil Se), and Urvasi Urvasi (Kadhalan) amongst others.
As AR Rahman turns 53, here is a list of some lesser-known - yet interesting - facts about the Oscar-winning musician.
The artist was actually born as a Hindu to a man named RK Shekhar. He was first named RS Dileep Kumar, but he later went ahead and embraced Islam. There are still speculations about what made him change his religion; some say he met his spiritual guru Qadri Islam and then changed his religion, others think that after his sister recovered from her illness after getting blessings at a mosque, he began to follow Islam.
The immensely talented AR Rahman was exceptional as a child. As a kid, he became popular for playing four keyboards at once, on Doordarshan’s Wonder Balloon show.
AR Rahman received global recognition after his Oscar win. He is the first Asian to win two Oscars in the same year, best original song - Jai Ho and best original music score - Slumdog Millionaire.
Music composed by AR Rahman has always amassed great appreciation, even if it’s a short ringtone. Airtel's signature tune, composed by Rahman was greatly loved, leading it to become the world's most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads.
Always bringing pride home, Rahman also happens to be the only Indian to be featured in ‘List of best-selling music artists of the world’.
AR Rahman is one of the artists who have made a mark on the world; he has a street named after him in Markham, Ontario, Canada. The Mozart of Madras was honoured with his immense contribution to the world of music and art.