A R Rahman turns 54 : Happy birthday to the musical storm

Happy BIrthday A R Rahman

Music maestro AR Rahman rang in his 54th birthday on Wednesday (January 6). Music composer and singer AR Rahman, who is known as ‘The Mozart Of Madras’ has made India proud several times. He is an Oscar as well as a Grammy recipient and has been an inspiration to many.

Rahman made his debut as music composer in the 1992 film ‘Roja’ by Mani Ratnam after which there was no looking back for him. Any song that Rahman touches leaves an indelible mark in people’s memories. This remains one of the top reasons why the humble musician has a global fanbase. Rahman was born in a Hindu family as Dileep Kumar but at the age of 23, he went ahead to embrace Islam, and there he met his spiritual guru, Qadri Islam. Rahman also composed great songs for other Hollywood films like 127 Hours and Lord Of War. He also joined hands with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, and Joss Stone to introduce a completely different kind of music under the name SuperHeavy.

The award-winning composer has been awarded four national awards, two academy awards, two Grammy awards, a BAFTA awards, a Golden Globe, fifteen Filmfare Awards, and sixteen Filmfare Awards south. Not only this, but he was also honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award, in 2010 by the Government of India.