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Allah Rakha Rahman (Tamil: அல்லா ரக்கா ரஹ்மான்; born 6 January 1966 as A. S. Dileep Kumar) is an Indian singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fourteen Filmfare Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. Time has referred to him as the "Mozart of Madras" and several Tamil commentators and fans have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (Tamil: இசைப் புயல்; English: Music Storm). In 2009, Time placed Rahman in its list of World's Most Influential People. The UK based World Music magazine Songlines named him one of 'Tomorrow's World Music Icons' in August 2011.

Having set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record Inn at Chennai, arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios, Rahman's film scoring career began in the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja. Working in India's various film industries, international cinema and theatre, Rahman has sold more than 300 million records worldwide of his film scores and soundtracks as of 2009 for over 100 film scores worldwide, making him one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists. In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and thus contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities.


Early life


A. R. Rahman was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to a musically affluent Mudaliar Tamil family. His father R. K. Shekhar, was a film music composer and conductor for Tamil as well as Malayalam films. Rahman used to assist his father during recordings and play keyboard for the songs. Rahman lost his father at the age of 9 and his family had to rent out his father's musical equipment as their source of income. Rahman was raised by his mother Kareema (born Kashturi). During these formative years, Rahman served as a keyboard player and an arranger in bands such as "Roots", with childhood friend and percussionist Sivamani, John Anthony, Suresh Peters, JoJo and Raja. Rahman is the founder of the Chennai-based rock group, "Nemesis Avenue". He mastered various music instruments like Keyboard, Piano, Synthesizer, Harmonium and Guitar. His curiosity in Synthesizer in particular, increased because, he says, it was the "ideal combination of music and technology".

He began early training in music under Master Dhanraj. At the age of 11, he started playing musical instruments in the orchestra of Malayalam composer and a close friend of Rahman's father, M. K. Arjunan. Soon he started working with other composers such as M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Ramesh Naidu, Raj-Koti and also accompanied Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship with Trinity College, London, board of the Trinity College of Music. Studying in Chennai, he graduated with graded examinations and a diploma in Western classical music via the college. He was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister fell severely ill in 1984. Subsequently, Rahman along with other members of his family converted to Islam in 1989, when he was 23 years old. He changed his name from A. S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman i.e. A. R. Rahman.


Career

Film scoring and soundtracks

When he was nine, Rahman accidentally played a tune on piano during his father's recording for a film, which R. K. Shekhar later developed into a complete song, "Vellithen Kinnam Pol", for the Malayalam film Penpada. This track credited to his father, was sung by Jayachandran and penned by Bharanikkavu Sivakumar. His film career began in 1992, when he started Panchathan Record Inn, a music recording and mixing studio attached to the backyard of his house. Over time it would become the most advanced recording studio in India, and arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios. He initially composed scores for documentaries, jingles for advertisements and Indian Television channels and other projects. In 1987 Rahman, then still known as Dileep got his first opportunity to compose jingles for new range of watches being launched by Allwyn. In 1992, he was approached by film director Mani Ratnam to compose the score and soundtrack for Ratnam's Tamil film Roja. The debut led Rahman to receive the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards, an unprecedented win for a first-time film composer. Rahman has since been awarded the Silver Lotus three more times for Minsara Kanavu (Electric Dreams, Tamil) in 1997, Lagaan (Tax, Hindi) in 2002, Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek, Tamil) in 2003, the most ever by any composer.

Roja's score met with high sales and acclaim in both its original and dubbed versions, led by the theme song "Chinna Chinna Aasai" bringing about a marked change in film music at the time. Rahman followed this with successful scores for Tamil–language films of the Chennai film industry including Ratnam's politically charged Bombay, the urbanite Kadhalan, Thiruda Thiruda and S. Shankar's debut film Gentleman, spurred by the popular dance song "Chikku Bukku Rayile". Rahman worked with director Bharathiraaja's Kizhakku Cheemayile and Karuththamma, producing successful Tamil rural folk inspired scores and delivered the grand saxophonic score for K. Balachander's Duet. The 1995 film Indira and the romantic comedies Mr. Romeo and Love Birds all gained him considerable notice. His fanbase in Japan increased with Muthu 's success there. His soundtracks gained him recognition in the Tamil Nadu film industry and around the world for his stylistic versatility incorporating Western classical, Carnatic and Tamil traditional/folk music traditions, jazz, reggae and rock music. The soundtrack of Bombay sold 12 million copies worldwide. The "Bombay Theme"—from Ratnam's Bombay—would later reappear in his score of Deepa Mehta's Fire and various compilations and media around the world. Rangeela, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, marked Rahman's debut for Hindi-language films made in the Mumbai film industry. Many successful scores for films including Dil Se and the percussive Taal followed. Sufi mysticism would inspire the track "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from the former, as well as the composition "Zikr" from his score for the film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero for which he created large symphonic orchestral and choral arrangements. His score for the Chennai production Minsaara Kanavu garnered Rahman his second National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1997, and a South FilmFare Award for Best Music Direction in a Tamil film, breaking a record with six consecutive wins in the latter category. Rahman would go onto win the award a further three consecutive times. Musical cues in scores for Sangamam and Iruvar employed Carnatic vocals and instruments such as the veena with leads of rock guitar and jazz. In the 2000s Rahman created hit scores for Rajiv Menon's Kandukondain Kandukondain, Alaipayuthey, Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades and Rang De Basanti. He composed songs with Hindustani motifs for Water (2005). By the end of 2003, Rahman had sold more than 150 million records of his film scores and soundtracks for over 50 film scores worldwide.

Rahman has worked with Indian poets and lyricists such as Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Vairamuthu and Vaali. He has consistently produced commercially successful soundtracks when collaborating with particular film directors such as Mani Ratnam who he has worked with since Roja, and the director S. Shankar in the films Gentleman, Kadhalan, Indian, Jeans, Mudhalvan, Nayak, Boys, Sivaji and Enthiran.

In 2005, Rahman extended his Panchathan Record Inn studio by establishing AM Studios in Kodambakkam, Chennai, thereby creating the most cutting-edge studio in Asia. In 2006, Rahman launched his own music label, KM Music. Its first release was his score to the film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. Rahman scored the Mandarin language picture Warriors of Heaven and Earth in 2003 after researching and utilizing Chinese and Japanese classical music, and won the Just Plain Folks Music Award For Best Music Album for his score of the 2006 film Varalaru (God Father). He co-scored the Shekhar Kapur project and his first British film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, in 2007. He garnered an Asian Film Award nomination for Best Composer at the Hong Kong International Film Festival for his Jodhaa Akbar score. His compositions have been sampled for other scores within India, and appeared in such films as Inside Man, Lord of War, Divine Intervention and The Accidental Husband. In 2008, Rahman scored his first Hollywood picture, the comedy Couples Retreat released the next year, which won him the BMI London Award for Best Score. Rahman scored the film Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, for which he won a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, becoming the first Asian to do so. The songs "Jai Ho" and "O…Saya" from the soundtrack of this film met with commercial success internationally. In 2010, Rahman composed scores for the romance film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, blockbuster sci-fi romance film Enthiran and Danny Boyle's 127 Hours.


Other works

Rahman has been involved in several projects aside from film. Vande Mataram, an album of his original compositions released on India's 50th anniversary of independence in 1997, enjoyed great commercial success. Vande Mataram is the largest selling Indian non-film album to date. He followed it up with an album for the Bharat Bala–directed video Jana Gana Mana, a conglomeration of performances by many leading exponents and artists of Indian classical music. Rahman has written jingles for ads and composed several orchestrations for athletic events, television and internet media publications, documentaries and short films.

In 1999, Rahman partnered with choreographers Shobana and Prabhu Deva and a Tamil cinema dancing troupe to perform with Michael Jackson in Munich, Germany at his "Michael Jackson and Friends" concert. In 2002, he composed the music for his maiden stage production, Bombay Dreams, commissioned by musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Finnish folk music band Värttinä collaborated with Rahman to write the music for The Lord of the Rings theatre production and in 2004, Rahman composed the piece "Raga's Dance" for Vanessa-Mae's album Choreography.

Since 2004, Rahman has performed three successful world tours to audiences in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and India. He has been collaborating with Karen David for her upcoming studio album. A two-disc soundtrack, Introducing A. R. Rahman (2006) featuring 25 of his pieces from Tamil film scores was released in May 2006, and his non-film album, Connections was released on 12 December 2008. Rahman also performed at the White House State dinner arranged by US President Barack Obama during the official visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 24, 2009. Rahman is one of over 70 artists who performed on "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", a charity single to raise emergency relief funds in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 2010, Rahman composed "Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat" in honor of the 50th anniversary of the formation of Gujarat State, "Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam" as part of World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, and the official theme song of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, "Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto". Rahman organised his first world tour, named A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour, in 2010. The ongoing tour was kicked off on June 11 at the Nassau Coliseum in New York and will span 16 major cities worldwide.

Some of his notable compositions were performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2010. In February 2011, Rahman collaborated with Michael Bolton for his new studio album Gems - The Duets Collection. Rahman reworked on his song "Sajna" from the 2009 American film Couples Retreat to create the track.

On 20 May 2011, English musician Mick Jagger announced the formation of a new supergroup, SuperHeavy, which includes Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and Rahman. The band's self-titled album is slated for release in September 2011. The album will see Mick Jagger singing in Rahman's composition "Satyameva Jayate", which translates to "the truth alone triumphs".


Music style and impact

Skilled in Carnatic music, Western classical, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahman has been noted to write film songs that amalgamate elements of these music systems and other genres, layering instruments from differing music idioms in an improvisatory manner. Symphonic orchestral themes have accompanied his scores, occasionally employing leitmotif. In the 1980s, Rahman recorded and played arrangements on monophonic sound, synonymous with the era of his musical predecessors K. V. Mahadevan and Vishwanathan–Ramamoorthy. In later years his methodology changed as he experimented with the fusion of traditional instruments with new electronic sounds and technology.

Rahman's musical interests and outlook stem from his love of experimentation. Rahman's compositions, in the vein of past and contemporary Chennai film composers, bring out auteuristic uses of counterpoint, orchestration and the human voice, melding Indian pop music with unique timbre, forms and instrumentation. By virtue of these qualities, broad ranging lyrics and his syncretic style, the appeal of his music cuts across the spectrum of classes and cultures within Indian society.

His first soundtrack for Roja was listed in Time's "10 Best Soundtracks" of all time in 2005. Film critic Richard Corliss felt the "astonishing debut work parades Rahman's gift for alchemizing outside influences until they are totally Tamil, totally Rahman." Rahman's initial global reach is attributed to the South Asian diaspora. Described as one of the most innovative composers to ever work in the industry, his unique style and immense success transformed film music in the 1990s prompting several film producers to take film music more seriously. The music producer Ron Fair considers Rahman to be "one of the world's great living composers in any medium".

The director Baz Luhrmann notes
“ I had come to the music of A. R. Rahman through the emotional and haunting score of Bombay and the wit and celebration of Lagaan. But the more of AR's music I encountered the more I was to be amazed at the sheer diversity of styles: from swinging brass bands to triumphant anthems; from joyous pop to West-End musicals. Whatever the style, A. R. Rahman's music always possesses a profound sense of humanity and spirit, qualities that inspire me the most.


Awards

Rahman was the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four-time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, fourteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South for his music and scores. He has been conferred Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu for excellence in the field of music, special music achievement awards from the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Padma Shri from the Government of India. In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music. In 2007, Rahman was entered into the Limca Book of Records as "Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music", and the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the original composer of "Maa Tujhe Salaam", from the album Vande Mataram - the song performed in the most number of languages worldwide (265). He is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Rotary Club of Madras. In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards. Rahman has received honorary doctorates from Middlesex University and Aligarh Muslim University. Later the year Rahman was conferred the honorary doctorate from Anna University in Chennai. He has also won two Grammy Awards, for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for a Visual Media.0 Rahman was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honor, in 2010.0 Rahman's work for the film 127 Hours garnered him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song in 2011.000 He is an Honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, presented to him by Trinity College London.


Honorary

* 1994 - Sanskriti Award
o Contributions to music awarded by the Sanskriti Foundation
* 1995 - Bommai Nagi Reddy Award
* 1995 - Kalaimamani
o Contributions to music awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu
* 1995 - Mauritius National Award
o Contributions to music awarded by Mauritius
* 1995 - Malaysian Award
o Contributions to music awarded by Malaysia
* 1995 - Rajiv Gandhi Award
o The first ever Rajiv Gandhi Award for achievements in music
* 2000 - Padma Shri
o Fourth highest civilian award awarded by Government of India
* 1996 - Gana Kaladhar
* 2001 - Al-Ameen Education Society Community Award
* 2001 - Awadh Samman
o Awarded by Government of Uttar Pradesh for exceptional and meritorious contribution in music
* 2002 - Amir Khusro Sangeet Nawaz Award
* 2004 - National Lata Mangeshkar Award
o Contributions to music awarded by the Government of Madhya Pradesh
* 2005 - Mahavir-Mahatma Award
* 2006 - Honorary Award from Stanford University
* 2006 - Sanatan Sangeet Puraskar
o Contributions to music awarded by the Sanatan Sangeet Sanskriti
* 2006 - Swaralaya Yesudas Award
o Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award for outstanding performance in the music field
* 2007 - Limca Book of Records Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music
* 2008 - CNN-IBN Global Indian of the Year
* 2008 - NDTV Indian of the Year
* 2008 - Rotary Club of Madras
o Lifetime Achievement Award
* 2009 - CNN-IBN Entertainer of the Year
* 2009 - CNN-IBN Indian of the Year
* 2009 - Honorary Doctorate from Anna University
* 2009 - Honorary Doctorate from Aligarh University
* 2009 - Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University
* 2009 - NDTV Global Indian Entertainer Award
* 2009 - UK Asian Music Award for Outstanding Achievement
* 2009 - Placed by Time magazine in List of World's Most Influential People.
* 2010 - 10th Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival
o Special Achievement Award for Significant Contribution to the Globalization of Indian Music
* 2010 - British Asian Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music
* 2010 - Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration
* 2010 - FICCI Global Icon
* 2010 - Padma Bhushan
o Third highest civilian award awarded by Government of India
* 2010 - Crystal Award
o Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by World Economic Forum



National

Film awards

* National Film Awards
o 1993 - National Film Award for Best Music Direction - Roja
o 1997 - National Film Award for Best Music Direction - Minsaara Kanavu
o 2002 - National Film Award for Best Music Direction - Lagaan
o 2003 - National Film Award for Best Music Direction - Kannathil Muthamittal

* Filmfare Awards
o 1995 - Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
o 1996 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Rangeela
o 1999 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Dil Se
o 2000 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Taal
o 2002 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Lagaan
o 2003 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Saathiya
o 2003 - Filmfare Best Background Score - The Legend of Bhagat Singh
o 2005 - Filmfare Best Background Score - Swades
o 2007 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Rang de Basanti
o 2008 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Guru
o 2008 - Filmfare Best Background Score - Guru
o 2009 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
o 2009 - Filmfare Best Background Score - Jodhaa Akbar
o 2010 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award - Delhi 6

* Filmfare Awards South
o 1993 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Roja
o 1994 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Gentleman
o 1995 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Kadhalan
o 1996 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Bombay
o 1997 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Kadhal Desam
o 1998 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Minsaara Kanavu
o 1999 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Jeans
o 2000 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Mudhalvan
o 2001 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Alaipayuthey
o 2007 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Sillunu Oru Kadhal
o 2008 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Sivaji: The Boss
o 2011 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
o 2011 - Best Music Direction (Telugu) - Ye Maaya Chesave

* Bollywood Music Awards
o 2000 - Best Music Direction - Taal
o 2000 - Best Song - "Taal Se Taal Mila" (Taal)
o 2002 - Best Music Direction - Lagaan
o 2003 - Best Music Direction - Saathiya

* Cinema Express Awards
o 1993 - Best Music (Tamil) - Roja
o 1994 - Best Music (Tamil) - Gentleman
o 1995 - Best Music (Tamil) - Kadhalan
o 1997 - Best Music (Tamil) - Kadhal Desam
o 1999 - Best Music (Tamil) - Jeans

* CineGoers' Award
o 1993 - Best Music (Tamil) - Roja
o 1994 - Best Music (Tamil) - Gentleman
o 1995 - Best Music (Tamil) - Kadhalan
o 1996 - Best Music (Tamil) - Bombay

* Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA)
o 2007 - GIFA Award for Best Music - Rang De Basanti
o 2007 - GIFA Award for Best Background Music - Rang De Basanti

* International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA)
o 2000 - IIFA Best Music Direction - Taal
o 2002 - IIFA Best Music Direction - Lagaan
o 2003 - IIFA Best Music Direction - Saathiya
o 2007 - IIFA Best Music Direction - Rang De Basanti
o 2008 - IIFA Best Music Direction - Guru
o 2008 - IIFA Best Background Music - Guru
o 2008 - Outstanding Contribution by an Indian in International Cinema
o 2009 - IIFA Best Music Direction - Jodhaa Akbar
o 2009 - IIFA Best Background Music - Jodhaa Akbar
o 2009 - IIFA Music Director of the Decade

* Film Fans' Award
o 1993 - Best Music (Tamil) - Roja
o 1994 - Best Music (Tamil) - Gentleman
o 1995 - Best Music (Tamil) - Kadhalan
o 1996 - Best Music (Tamil) - Bombay

* Kalasaagar Award
o 1993 - Best Music (Tamil) - Roja
o 1994 - Best Music (Tamil) - Gentleman
o 1995 - Best Music (Tamil) - Kadhalan
o 1996 - Best Music (Tamil) - Bombay

* Sangeet Awards
o 2004 - Best Music Direction (Critics Award) - Yuva
o 2004 - Best Music Arrangement (Critics Award) - "Yeh Rishta" - Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities
o 2005 - Best Music Direction (Critics Award) - Swades

* Screen Videocon Awards / Star Screen Awards
o 1998 - Best Non-film Album - Vande Mataram (Non-film category)
o 2000 - Best Music Direction - Taal
o 2007 - Best Background Music- Rang De Basanti
o 2008 - Best Music Direction - Guru
o 2008 - Best Background Music - Guru
o 2009 - Best Music Direction - Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na
o 2009 - Best Background Music - Jodhaa Akbar
o 2010 - Best Music Direction - Delhi-6

* Screen-Videocon Awards South
o 1997 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Kadhal Desam
o 1998 - Best Music Direction (Tamil) - Minsara Kanavu

* Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
o 1992 - Best Music Direction - Roja
o 1993 - Best Music Direction - Gentleman
o 1994 - Best Music Direction - Kadhalan
o 1996 - Best Music Direction - Minsaara Kanavu
o 1999 - Best Music Direction - Sangamam

* Zee Cine Awards
o 2000 - Zee Cine Award Best Music Director - Taal
o 2002 - Zee Cine Award Best Music Director - Lagaan
o 2003 - Zee Cine Award Best Music Director - Saathiya
o 2007 - Zee Cine Award Best Music Director - Rang De Basanti
o 2008 - Zee Cine Award Best Music Director - Guru
o 2008 - Zee Cine Award Best Background Music - Guru

* Vijay Awards
o 2006 - Most Favourite Music Director
o 2007 - Vijay Award for Best Music Director - Sivaji
o 2010 - Vijay Award for Best Music Director - Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

* Vikatan Awards
o 2011 - Best Music Director - Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

* V. Shantaram Award
o 2001 - Best Music - Taal
o 2007 - Best Music - Guru
o 2008 - Best Music - Jodhaa Akbar

Other awards

* CineMAA Awards
o 2011 - Best Music Director - Ye Maaya Chesave

* CNN-IBN Song of the Year Award
o 2006 - "Roobaroo" (Rang De Basanti)
o 2007 - "Tere Bina" (Guru)
o 2008 - "Kabhi Kabhi Aditi" (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)

* Mirchi Music Awards
o 2009 (Tata Indicom Mirchi Music Awards)
+ Music Director Of The Year - Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
+ Technical Award For Film Background Score - Jodhaa Akbar
+ Album Of The Year - Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
+ Tata Indicom Mirchi Listeners Choice Song Of The Year - "Kabhi Kabhi Aditi" (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)
+ Tata Indicom Mirchi Listeners Choice Album Of The Year - Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
o 2010 (Airtel Mirchi Music Awards)
+ Music Director of the Year - A. R. Rahman
+ Album Of The Year - Delhi-6
+ Best Song Arranger and Programmer - "Masakali" (Delhi-6)
+ Song of the Year - "Masakali" (Delhi-6)

* Planet-Bollywood People's Choice Awards
o 2006 - People's Choice Best Music Award - Rang De Basanti
o 2006 - People's Choice Best Background Music Award - Rang De Basanti

* SuMu Music Awards
o 1993: R. D. Burman Award for Best New Composer

* Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards
o 2008 - Best Music Composer of the Year - Sivaji: The Boss

International

Film awards

* Academy Awards (Oscars) (United States)
o 2009 - Best Original Music Score - Slumdog Millionaire
o 2009 - Best Original Song - "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire - and Gulzar

* Black Reel Awards
o 2008 - Best Original Soundtrack - Slumdog Millionaire

* BMI London Awards
o 2010 - Best Score - Couples Retreat

* British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) (United Kingdom)
o 2009 - Anthony Asquith Award for Best Film Music - Slumdog Millionaire

* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (United States)
o 2008 - Critics' Choice Award for Best Composer - Slumdog Millionaire
o 2010 - Critics' Choice Award for Best Song - "If I Rise" - 127 Hours

* Denver Film Critics Society Awards
o 2010 - Best Song - "If I Rise" - 127 Hours

* Golden Globe Awards (United States)
o 2009 - Best Original Score - Slumdog Millionaire

* Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (United States)
o 2008 - Best Music Score - Slumdog Millionaire

* New York Film Critics Online Awards (United States)
o 2008 - NYFCO Best Score Award - Slumdog Millionaire

* Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
o 2008 - Best Original Score - Slumdog Millionaire

* San Diego Film Critics Society Awards (United States)
o 2008 - Best Score - Slumdog Millionaire

* Satellite Awards (United States)
o 2008 - Satellite Award for Best Original Score - Slumdog Millionaire

Other awards

* Grammy Awards
o 2009 - Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - Slumdog Millionaire
o 2009 - Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media - "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire

* Just Plain Folks Music Awards
o 2009 - * Just Plain Folks Music Award For Best Music Album - Varalaru
* MTV Awards
o MTV Video Music Awards
+ 1999 - International Viewer's Choice Awards (MTV India) - "Dil Se Re" - Dil Se
o MTV Asia Awards
+ 2003 - MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India
o MTV Immies
+ 2003 - Best Music Composer (Film Category) - "Saathiya" - Saathiya
* UK Asian Music Awards (United Kingdom)
o 2009 - Outstanding Achievement by an Asian in Music Field
* World Soundtrack Awards
o 2009 - Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film - "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire

Nominations

National

* International Indian Film Academy Awards
o 2001 - Best Music Direction - Fiza
o 2009 - Best Music Direction - Ghajini

* Filmfare Awards
o 2005 - Best Music Direction - Swades
o 2008 - Best Male Playback - Tere Bina from Guru
o 2009 - Best Music Direction - Ghajini
o 2009 - Best Music Direction - Jodhaa Akbar

* Filmfare Awards South
o 2009 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil) - Sakkarakatti
o 2011 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil) - Enthiran

* Screen Weekly Awards
o 2002 - Best Music Direction - Lagaan
o 2002 - Best Background Score - Lagaan

* Zee Cine Awards
o 2005 - Best Music Direction - Swades
o 2005 - Best Background Score - Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities

International

* Academy Awards (Oscars) (United States)
o 2009 - Best Original Song - "O...Saya" - Slumdog Millionaire with M.I.A.
o 2010 - Best Original Score - 127 Hours
o 2010 - Best Original Song - "If I Rise" - 127 Hours with Dido and Rollo Armstrong

* Asian Film Awards (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
o 2009 - Best Composer - Jodhaa Akbar

* British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) (United Kingdom)
o 2010 - BAFTA Award for Best Film Music - 127 Hours

* Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
o 2008 - Critics' Choice Award for Best Song - "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire

* Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Canada)
o 2006 - General Theatre Division - Outstanding Musical Direction - The Lord of the Rings (along with Värttinä)

* Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
o 2008 - CFCA Best Original Score - Slumdog Millionaire

* Golden Globe Awards
o 2010 - Best Original Score - 127 Hours

* Houston Film Critics Society Awards
o 2008 - Best Original Score - Slumdog Millionaire
o 2008 - Best Original Song - "Jai Ho" performed by Sukhwinder Singh, written by A. R. Rahman and Gulzar
o 2010 - Best Original Score - 127 Hours
o 2010 - Best Original Song - "If I Rise" performed by Dido and A. R. Rahman, written by A. R. Rahman and Rollo

* Laurence Olivier Awards (United Kingdom)
o 2003 - Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical - Bombay Dreams

* MTV Awards
o MTV India
+ 2006 - MTV Youth Icon of the Year
o MTV Movie Awards
+ 2009 - Best Song From a Movie - "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire

* Satellite Awards (United States)
o 2008 - Satellite Award for Best Original Song - "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire
o 2010 - Satellite Award for Best Original Score - 127 Hours
o 2010 - Satellite Award for Best Original Song - "If I Rise" - 127 Hours

* WAFCA Awards
o 2010 - Best Score - 127 Hours

* World Soundtrack Awards
o 2009 - Best Original Score of the Year - Slumdog Millionaire
o 2009 - Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film - "O Saya" - Slumdog Millionaire with M.I.A.
o 2011 - Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film - "If I Rise" - 127 Hours

Longlisted

This section refers to awards where Rahman has been considered for a nomination but has not been nominated.

* Academy Awards
o 2007 - Best Original Song - "Lukka Chuppi" - Rang De Basanti
o 2007 - Best Original Song - "Khalbali" - Rang De Basanti
o 2007 - Best Original Song - "Aayo Re Sakhi" - Water
o 2010 - Best Original Song - "Nana" - Couples Retreat

Top lists

Rahman's songs and soundtracks have been included in the following top lists:

* 2003 - In a BBC World Service poll across 155 countries, Rahman's "Maa Tujhe Salaam" from Vande Matharam and "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from Dil Se were voted 2nd and 9th respectively in "The World's Top Ten" songs of all time.
* 2005 - Rahman's debut soundtrack for Roja was listed in TIME's "10 Best Soundtracks" of all time by film critic Richard Corliss.
* 2007 - Rahman's soundtrack for Bombay was included in The Guardian's "1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die" list.
* 2009 - The song "Kehna Hi Kya" from Rahman's soundtrack for Bombay was included in The Guardian's "1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear" list.
* 2009 - Rahman's soundtrack for Lagaan was ranked at #45 on Amazon.com's "The 100 Greatest World Music Albums of All Time" list.

Other achievements

* By 2004, Rahman had sold more than 150 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million cassettes, making him one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists.
* Time magazine has described him as "India's most prominent movie songwriter".
* In 2009, Time magazine placed him in its list of World's Most Influential People.
* His name has also been included in the list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, issued by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan.
* The signature tune for telecom company Airtel, composed by Rahman, is the world's most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads.
* The album rights for Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain were bought by Sa Re Ga Ma for a then record sum of INR2.2 crores. The record was reset by Sivaji: The Boss in 2007, and later by Enthiran in 2010.
* Enthiran reached #1 in the itunes Top 10 World Albums chart, making it the first Indian album to reach the spot.

Milestones

* At the Academy Awards, Rahman is the first Asian to win two Oscars in same year and be nominated twice in the same category for the same film. He is the first Asian to receive three Oscar nominations in same year and also the first Asian to receive multiple nominations in the category Academy Award for Best Original Score.


Personal life

He is married to Saira Banu and has three children, Khatija, Rahima, and Ameen. Ameen sings the track "NaNa" from Couples Retreat and his daughter Khatija the track "Pudhiya Manidha" from Enthiran.07]08] Rahman is the uncle of composer G. V. Prakash Kumar, who is the son of Rahman's elder sister, A. R. Reihana.09] Prakash Kumar's first work in film was singing on the Rahman composition "Chikku Bukku Rayile" from his score to the 1993 film Gentleman.10] A. R. Reihana debuted in film singing on the track "Vidai Kodu Engal Naadae" from Kannathil Muthamittal. She is a music director too. Rahman's younger sister Fathima is in charge of his Music conservatory in Chennai. The youngest Ishrath has her own music studio.1 A. R. Rahman is the co-brother of film actor Rahman.

An atheist through much of his childhood, in 1989 Rahman converted to Islam, the religion of his mother's family. After the early death of his father, his family went through hard times and Sufism had a great influence on his mother and slowly on his family.1 During the 81st Academy Awards ceremony, he paid tribute to his mother, saying "There is a Hindi dialogue, mere pass ma hai, which means 'even if I have got nothing I have my mother here'."1 He also began his own catchphrase, "Ella pughazhum iraivanukke", in Tamil which literally means "All praises dedicated to God". The phrase was popularized after Rahman uttered it prior to his speech at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony.


Humanitarian work

Rahman is involved in various charitable causes. In 2004, he was appointed as the Global Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a project by WHO. He has shown support to charities including Save the Children, India, and worked with Yusuf Islam for his song "Indian Ocean". The song featured a-ha keyboard player Magne Furuholmen and drummer Travis, Neil Primrose. The proceeds of the song went towards helping orphans in Banda Aceh, that was affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. He produced the single "We Can Make It Better" by Don Asian alongside Mukhtar Sahota. In 2008, Rahman opened his KM Music Conservatory partnered with Audio Media Education facility to tutor and train aspiring musicians in vocals, instruments, music technology and sound design. The conservatory – with preeminent musicians on its panel and a newly founded symphony orchestra – is located near his studio in Kodambakkam, Chennai, offering courses at Beginners, Foundation and Diploma level. Violinist L. Subramaniam is on its board of advisors. Several of Rahman's proteges from the studio have gone onto score music for feature films. Rahman composed the theme music for a short film for The Banyan in 2006, in aid of destitute women in Chennai. In 2008, Rahman with noted percussionist Sivamani created a song titled "Jiya Se Jiya", inspired by the Free Hugs Campaign and promoted it through a video shot in various cities in India.

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