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AR Rahman

AR Rahman, born as Dileep Kumar, embraced Islam when he was in his 20s.
Following in his father's footsteps, Rahman displayed his love for music from the age of four. He learnt the piano and started working closely with his father in his studio. After his father's death, he became the only bread earner of his family. When he started failing his classes more than usual, he finally dropped out of school and pursued his love for music without interruption.
Soon, he mastered the keyboard, piano, synthesizer, harmonium and guitar.

He started his music training, first under Master Dhanraj, and later with other music composers such as M.S. Vishwanathan and Vijay Anand. He accompanied Zakir Husaain, Kunnakudi and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship to the Trinity College of Music.

He showed his versatility with Hindi, Tamil and western classical music.
His career is dotted with numerous blockbuster hits like ‘Chhoti si Aasha, Rangeela Re, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Rang De Basanti’, which gave him international momentum. He's practically a devotee of music, with six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen South Filmfare Awards to boast of. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the nation's third-highest civilian award.

6 Jan,1967
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