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A. R. Rahman performing live at the NH7 Weekender
Allahrakka Rahman ( pronunciation (help·info); born A. S. Dileep Kumar) known professionally as A. R. Rahman, is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, and music producer. A. R. Rahman's works are noted for integrating Indian classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2010 by the Government of India.
In 2009, Rahman was included on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of "Tomorrow's World Music Icons" in August 2011. South Indian fans of Rahman refer him with the nickname of "The Mozart of Madras", and "Isai Puyal" (English: the Musical Storm).
With an in-house studio (Panchathan Record Inn in Chennai), Rahman's film-scoring career began during the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja. Working in India's film industries, international cinema, and theatre, Rahman is one of the best-selling recording artists, with an estimated 200 million units sold. In a notable two-decade career, he has been acclaimed for redefining contemporary Indian film music and contributing to the success of several films. Rahman has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for a number of causes and charities.
In 2017, Rahman made his debut as a director and writer for the film Le Musk.
A. R. Rahman Forever is an album of A. R. Rahman. The album was released on 20 December 2010 and is regarded as the greatest hits album by A. R. Rahman. The album has the maximum length of 87:31. The genres of the album include Bollywood, Filmi, Pop. It contains some of the evergreen hit tracks composed by Rahman from various Bollywood films. Released under the label of Venus Worldwide Entertainment, it consists of fifteen tracks. After the success of the album, it was listed among the list of Amazon Best Sellers Rank. The album has sold many copies worldwide.
Did you know?
- Rahman began his early musical training under Master Dhanraj, and at age 11 began playing in the orchestra of Malayalam composer (and close friend of his father) M. K. Arjunan.
- In 2009, Time included Rahman on its list of the world's most influential people.
- The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of "Tomorrow's World Music Icons" in August 2011.
- Since 2004, Rahman has performed three successful world tours before audiences in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and India.
Mani Ratnam-directed films featuring A. R. Rahman