Oscar-winning legendary musician AR Rahman’s tale is one in a billion

You know his music but Do you know the man A.R RAHMAN? His great humility is a marvelous source of inspiration to tons of fans and upcoming musicians in the world. He made India proud with his countless achievements. A.R RAHMAN is one of the world’s most successful Indian musicians. But do you know the motivational story behind his success.

RK Shekar, a big name in the Malayalam film industry during the ’60s and ’70s. He was father of A.R RAHMAN who passed away when Rahman was nine years old. Rahman lives in a joint family, Rahman and his siblings were pampered by his grandparents. When Rahman’s father died he was forced to survive on the renting of his father’s music equipment. Rahman took responsibilities of family upon his shoulders both financially and mentally. He became part of a a band ‘Roots’ and he started as a small-time keyboard player.

Kareema Begum, Rahman’s mother gave Rahman a new ray of hope. When Rahman was 11 years old, he started his training under Master Dhanraj. Along with the training he also worked in the group of Malayalam composer MK Arjunan, who was a close friend of his father’s. At young age he dropped out of his school and he got a chance to go to international concerts and tours with legendary artists like Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, and L Shankar. Later he acquired a degree of in Western classical music from Trinity College, London, a part of Oxford University.

Earlier his name was AS Dileep Kumar, In 1988, Rahman’s sister fell ill and after her recovery his family  converted to Islam. His name changed from AS Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman. In 1987, he opened a studio Panchathan Record Inn in his own backyard. A.R.Rahman believes in god always. He is the most humble and disciplined musician. He grew as a musician and composer because he was concentrating on jingles which requires a lot of discipline and concentration.

In 1991, Rahman received an award for his score in a coffee advertisement. In the award function he met the ace film director of South India Mani Ratnam who listened few jingles of Rahman. Mani Ratnam immediately offered him work for his upcoming film Roja (1992). With the huge success of Roja, A.R.Rahman became legendary. After this massive success, Rahman didn’t look back. For best music direction with his debut movie Roja he won a national award.

Soon he reached his international audience, His soundtrack from the Rajnikanth-starrer Muthu was the ‘Most popular foreign soundtrack’ in Japan. In year 2008, Rahman won an Oscar for his music in Danny Boyle’s film Slumdog Millionaire. At his Academy Awards ceremony he won billions of hearts, for talking about his mother. AR Rahman was also awarded with Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. With his work and achievements, he made the country proud.



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  • Lisa Peele @ Wonderling
    May 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    A very talented man. Thank you for sharing!

  • Haytham Bhalo
    May 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Such an inspiring story from a very talented man! I love his music!