Born: Madras, Madras State, India
Allah-Rakha Rahman (, born Dileep Shekhar), best known as A. R. Rahman, is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. A. R. Rahmans works are noted for integrating Indian classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and sixteen 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 worlds most influential people. The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of Tomorrows World Music Icons in August 2011. Rahmans work have earned him the honorific nickname of The Mozart of Madras, and Isai Puyal (the Musical Storm).With an in-house studio (Panchathan Record Inn in Chennai), Rahmans film-scoring career began during the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja. Working in Indias film industries, international cinema, and theatre, Rahman is one of the worlds all-time best-selling recording artists, with an estimated 200million 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 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.
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