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An Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist and much more, Seems like words are not enough to acknowledge the superiority of Mr A. R. Rahman. He is one of the most versatile and talented music composer that India has today. Popularly referred as “Mozart of madras” by fans. A. R. Rahman’s works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Today is his Birthday, on this occasion, ABteam brings Some interesting facts about the Mozart of madras.
“Mozart of Madras”
1) In 2009, Time included Rahman on its list of the world’s most influential people. The UK-based world music magazine Songlines named him one of “Tomorrow’s World Music Icons” in August 2011.
2) Rahman wanted to become a computer engineer and He once said that “I wanted to be a computer engineer when I was a kid. Electronic gadgets and technology fascinated me.”
3) As we all knows that Rahman’s first film to be “Roja”. But this is not true. His first film was Malayalam film “Yodha”. and starred Mohanlal in it.
4) Rahman was a keyboard player and arranger for bands such as Roots (with childhood friend Sivamani, John Anthony, Suresh Peters, JoJo and Raja) and founded the Chennai-based rock group Nemesis Avenue.
5) AR Rahman likes listening to songs based on the raaga Sindhu Bhairavi.
6) Rahman’s award winning song “Jai Ho” was initially composed for the movie Yuvvraaj!. But it later became a part of Slumdog Millionaire.
7) Rahman’s son shares his birthday with him.
8) He doesn’t wear a watch in his hand.
9) He was born as a Hindu but turned to Islam because When Rahman’s sister fell seriously ill in 1988, Pir Qadri, who cured her, advised the family to convert to Islam and they did!
10) He studied at Trinity college of Music at OXFORD University.
11) In 2006, he launched his own music label KM Music
12) He has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan award and Padma Shri award from the Government of India.