A. R. Rahman Age, Wiki, Biography, Wife, Son, Daughter, Height in feet, Net Worth

By | August 11, 2022

Allah Rakha Rahman popularly known as A. R. Rahman is an Indian film composer, record producer, singer and songwriter who works in Indian cinema and international cinema. He was born as A. S. Dileep Kumar on 6th January 1967 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to R.K. Shekhar and Kashturi. His father was a film-score composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films.

A. R. Rahman started learning piano at age 4. He did his schooling at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan. Later he studied at MCN. After that, he joined Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School. He dropped out in the middle and founded the Chennai-based rock group Nemesis Avenue. He mastered several instruments, such as the keyboard, piano, synthesizer, harmonium and guitar, and was particularly interested in the synthesizer because it was the “ideal combination of music and technology”.

During his studies, Rahman began his early musical training under Master Dhanraj. When he was 11 years old, he began playing in the orchestra of Malayalam composer M. K. Arjunan. Later, he obtained a scholarship from Trinity College London to the Trinity College of Music. Rahman did his graduation with a diploma in Western classical music from Trinity College of Music. At the age of 23, he converted to Islam with other members of his family in 1989, changing his name to Allah Rakha Rahman (A. R. Rahman).

After his father died, Rahman started working at several places to support his family. He started his career by composing scores for different documentaries and jingles for advertisements and Indian television channels. 

In 1992, Rahman began his film career after composing the music for the Tamil film Roja. The film’s score was critically and commercially successful in its original and dubbed versions. He won National Film Award for Best Music Direction in his first work. He also won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for his composition. In that year, he composed his first Malayalam film Yoddha’s music.

In 1993, he composed the music for five Tamil films. But his work in Gentleman was praised and he earned Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for his work. In 1994, he composed music for eight Tamil and one Telugu film. For his music in Kadhalan, he won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director. In 1995, he made his Bollywood debut after composing the music for the film Rangeela.

He earned several positive reviews and won Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent and Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. In that year, he also directed three Tamil films music. His music in the film Bombay was highly acclaimed and he won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil.

Later, in 1996, he directed five Tamil film music. His music in Kadhal Desam helped him to earn Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil. In 1997, he composed two Hindi and three Tamil film music. Another successful year for Rahman, as his music in Minsara Kanavu was praised and helped him to earn his second National Film Award for Best Music Direction and Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director.

In 1998, he directed three Hindi and one Tamil film music. His music in the Hindi film Dil Se.. was highly acclaimed and helped him to earn MTV Video Music Award for Best Song and Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. For his music in Tamil films, Jeans, he won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil. In 1999, he directed seven Tamils and three Hindi film music. His music in the Hindi film Taal was highly acclaimed and he won, IIFA Award for Best Music Director, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director, Screen Award for Best Music Director, Bollywood Movie Award for Best Music Director and V. Shantaram Award for Best Music. For Sangamam and Mudhalvan, he won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director and Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil that year.

He directed music for four Tamil films and one Hindi film in 2000. For his work in Alaipayuthey, he won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil. 2001 was another successful year for Rahman. He composed the music for the Hindi film Lagaan. His performance helped him to win his third National Film Award for Best Music Direction and five other awards and two nominations. In that year, he directed two Tamil and two Tamil films music.

Next, in 2002, he composed four Tamil and two Hindi films and music. He won another National Film Award for Best Music Direction in Tamil film, Kannathil Muthamittal. He won Zee Cine Award for Best Background Score and Filmfare Best Background Score Award for his work in the Hindi film, The Legend of Bhagat Singh. For his music direction in Saathiya, he won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. He made his acting debut that year, with a special appearance in the Tamil film Kadhal Virus. In 2003, he directed music for four Tamil films, two Hindi films, and One Telugu film.

He won MTV Asia Award for Best Composer (India) that year for his work in the Tamil film Enakku 20 Unakku 18 and was nominated for two awards for his work in films, Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu and Boys. In 2004, he worked in three Hindi, three Tamil and one Telugu films. This year, for his work in Swades, he won Filmfare Best Background Score Award, Sangeet Award for Best Music Direction (critics’ choice) awards and two nominations. He won two other awards and one nomination for his work that year. In 2005, he directed the music of four Hindi and one Tamil film.

In the coming years, in 2006, he gave music in two Tamil films and one Hindi film. His music in the Hindi film Rang  De Basanti was highly acclaimed, and he won several accolades, such as IIFA Award for Best Music Director, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director, Screen Award for Best Background Score, GIFA Award for Best Background Score, Bollywood Movie Award for Best Music Director and nominated for four other awards.

In 2007, he gave music for his 100th film. In that year, he gave music in two Hindi, two Tamil and two English films. He won eight awards and two nominations for composing music for the Hindi film Guru. He also won two awards for giving music in the 100th film, Shivaji and one nomination for Azhagiya Thamizh Magan. 2008 was the most successful year for Rahman. He directed the music of films, like Jodhaa Akbar, Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Ghajini, Slumdog Millionaire.

He won his first and second Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for his work in Slumdog Millionaire. BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Composer, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film, Satellite Award for Best Original Score, Black Reel Award for Best Original Soundtrack and four nominations for his work in Slumdog Millionaire. He won another thirteen awards and seven nominations for his music in films, Jodhaa Akbar, Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Ghajini.

In 2009, he directed the music for two Hindi films and one English film. He won four awards and two nominations for his work in Hindi film Delhi-6. 2010 was the busiest year for Rahman. He worked in three Tamil, two Hindi, One English and two Telugu. All of his work was highly acclaimed. For Tamil film, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, he won three accolades, for Telugu film, Ye Maaya Chesave, he won seven accolades and two nominations, for Hindi film Raavan, he was nominated for seven awards, for Tamil film, Raavanan he won one award, for English film, 127 Hours he nominated for seventeen awards, and four other nominations for Komaram Puli and Enthiran.

Later, in 2011, in his only composed film, Rockstar’s music was highly acclaimed and critically praised. He won twelve awards and two nominations. In 2012, he gave music in four films. For Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Kadal. He won six awards and five nominations for his works. In 2013, he directed the music of two films, Raanjhanaa and Maryan. His music was praised and he won four awards and fifteen nominations. In 2014, he worked on seven films. For his film, Kaaviya Thalaivan and Highway, he won two awards and twelve nominations that year. He worked in four films in 2015. He had four awards and six nominations that year for his music direction for the film, I, O Kadhal Kanmani and Tamasha. In 2016, he worked on five films. He won six awards and two nominations that year. In 2017, he made his debut as a director and writer for the film Le Musk. He composed the music for eight films that year. He won several accolades this year for Kaatru Veliyidai, Mom, Viceroy’s House, and Mersal.

Next, in 2018 and 2019, he worked as a music director in four films each year. He won two awards and three nominations for his performance. In 2020, he composed three films music. He won one award and one nomination for his work in the film Dil Bechara. He composed six films music in 2021. He won five awards and three nominations that year for his performance. In 2002, he directed three films music. 

He has several upcoming projects, such as Cobra, Ponniyin Selvan: I, Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu, Pathu Thala, Aadujeevitham, Pippa, Le Musk, Maidaan, Mili, Ayalaan, Maamannan, Hai Yeh Woh Aatish Ghalib, Baab and four untitled films.

He also sings several songs throughout his career. 

He also worked in some theatre shows.

He composed several signature tunes throughout his career, such as Bharti Airtel, Asianet, Champions League Twenty20, Commonwealth Games 2010, Hyderabad International Airport, NDTV India, Star Plus etc. 

He also worked on several television shows.

As a producer, he produced three films, Atkan Chatkan, 99 Songs and Le Musk.

In 2005, Rahman established another studio, AM Studios. Before that, he established Panchathan Record Inn studio.

In 2006, he launched his music label, KM Music, with his score for Sillunu Oru Kaadhal.

Rahman has also been involved in non-film projects, such as an album, Vande Mataram, which is an original composition released for India’s 50th anniversary of its independence in 1997, is one of India’s best-selling non-film albums. He was also involved in several non-film projects.

In 2006, Rahman was honoured by Stanford University for his contributions to global music. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Madras. In 2009, he was included on the Time list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. He has also received an honorary doctorate from Aligarh Muslim University. 

In 2010, the Indian government awarded him the Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third-highest civilian award.

On the personal front, Rahman married his sister-in-law Saira Banu. Together, they have three children, Khatija, Rahima and Ameen.

NameA. S. Dileep Kumar
Full Name Allah Rakha Rahman
Nick NameIsai Puyal, The Mozart of Madras
ProfessionMusic Director, Singer
Date of Birth6 January 1967
Age55 Years (2022)
Birth PlaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
NationalityIndian
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
SchoolPadma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai
CollageMadras Christian College, Chennai
Trinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom
DebutMusic Director: Roja (1992, Tamil & Hindi)
Album: Vande Mataram (1997)
ReligionIslam (converted from Hinduism)
AddressKodambakkam, Chennai
Zodiac SignCapricorn

A. R. Rahman Career

  • After his father died, Rahman started working at several places to support his family. He started his career by composing scores for different documentaries and jingles for advertisements and Indian television channels. 
  • In 1992, Rahman began his film career after composing the music for the Tamil film Roja. In that year, he composed his first Malayalam film Yoddha’s music.
  • In 1993, he composed the music for five Tamil films.
  • In 1994, he composed music for eight Tamil and one Telugu film. For his music in Kadhalan, he won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil and Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director.
  • In 1995, he made his Bollywood debut after composing the music for the film Rangeela. In that year, he also directed three Tamil films music.
  • In 1996, he directed five Tamil films music.
  • In 1997, he composed two Hindi and three Tamil film music.
  • In 1998, he directed three Hindi and one Tamil film music.
  • In 1999, he directed seven Tamils and three Hindi films music.
  • He directed music for four Tamil films and one Hindi film in 2000. 
  • 2001 was another successful year for Rahman. He composed the music for the Hindi film Lagaan. In that year, he directed two Tamil and two Telugu films music.
  • In 2002, he composed four Tamil and two Hindi films and music. He made his acting debut that year, with a special appearance in the Tamil film Kadhal Virus.
  • In 2003, he directed music for four Tamil films, two Hindi films and One Telugu film.
  • In 2004, he worked in three Hindi, three Tamil and one Telugu films.
  • In 2005, he directed the music of four Hindi and one Tamil film.
  • In 2006, he gave music in two Tamil films and one Hindi film.
  • In 2007, he gave music for his 100th film. In that year, he gave music in two Hindi, two Tamil and two English films.
  • 2008 was the most successful year for Rahman. He directed the music of films, like Jodhaa Akbar, Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Ghajini, Slumdog Millionaire.
  • In 2009, he directed the music for two Hindi films and one English film.
  • 2010 was the busiest year for Rahman. He worked in three Tamil, two Hindi, One English and two Telugu. All of his work was highly acclaimed.
  • In 2011, his only composed film Rockstar’s music was highly acclaimed and critically praised.
  • In 2012, he gave music in four films. For Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Kadal.
  • In 2013, he directed the music of two films, Raanjhanaa and Maryan.
  • In 2014, he worked on seven films.
  • He worked in four films in 2015.
  • In 2016, he worked on five films.
  • In 2017, he made his debut as a director and writer for the film Le Musk. He composed the music for eight films that year.
  • In 2018 and 2019, he worked as a music director in four films each year.
  • In 2020, he composed three films music.
  • He composed six films music in 2021.
  • In 2002, he directed three film music. 
  • He also sings several songs throughout his career. 
  • He also worked in some theatre shows.
  • He composed several signature tunes throughout his career, such as Bharti Airtel, Asianet, Champions League Twenty20, Commonwealth Games 2010, Hyderabad International Airport, NDTV India, Star Plus etc. 
  • He also worked on several television shows.
  • As a producer, he produced three films, Atkan Chatkan, 99 Songs and Le Musk.
  • In 2005, Rahman established another studio, AM Studios. Before that, he established Panchathan Record Inn studio.
  • In 2006, he launched his music label, KM Music, with his score for Sillunu Oru Kaadhal.
  • Rahman has also been involved in non-film projects, such as an album, Vande Mataram, which is an original composition released for India’s 50th anniversary of its independence in 1997, is one of India’s best-selling non-film albums. He was also involved in several non-film projects.

A. R. Rahman Family 

Father Name R. K. Shekhar (Music Composer)
Mother Name Kareema Beegum
Brother None
Sister A. R. Reihana, Fathima Rafiq and Ishrath Qadri
Husband Saira Banu

A. R. Rahman Relationship / Marital Status & Many More 

Marital Status Married
Affairs / Girlfriend Not Known
Wife/ Spouse Saira Banu
Marriage date N/A
Marriage Place N/A
ChildrenDaughter– Khatija, Rahima
Son– Ameen

A. R. Rahman’s Wife | Source- Instagram

A. R. Rahman Physical Stats

HeightIn Centimeter – 165 cm
In Meter – 1.65 m
In feet & inches – 5’5
WeightIn Kilogram- 54 Kg
In Pounds – 119lbs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBrown

A. R. Rahman Favourite 

Favourite  MusicianIlayaraja, Mohammad Rafi, Michael Jackson
Favourite  CuisinePalak Paneer, Rasam-Rice
Favourite  Color Red, Black
Favourite  Sport Cricket
Favourite  Destination Chennai, Mumbai, London

A. R. Rahman Education 

School Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai
Collage Madras Christian College, Chennai
Trinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Educational Qualification Degree in Western Classical Music

A. R. Rahman Net Worth

Net WorthRs. 163 crore
SalaryRs. 5-8 crore/film
Income SourceSinging
Car CollectionN/A

Some Unknown facts about A. R. Rahman

  • He is nicknamed “Isai Puyal” (musical storm) and “Mozart of Madras”.
  • In 2013, he introduced 7.1 surround sound technology to South Indian films.
  • In an interview in 2012, Rahman said that his mother was summoned and was told to take him to the streets of Kodambakkam to beg and not to send him to school anymore.
  • The soundtrack for Bombay sold 15 million copies worldwide.
  • His height is 5 feet 5 inches.
  • He gets around rs. 58 crore per film.
  • He likes to lay the keyboard in his leisure time.
  • In 2012, Barack Obama, the then President of the U.S. at the White House, sent him a Christmas card and invited him to dinner as well.
  • Rahman and his son, Ameen’s birthday falls on the same date.
  • In an interview, he revealed that he contemplated suicide daily until age 25 and hated his original name-  Dileep Kumar.
  • A street in Markham, Ontario, Canada is named after him as a tribute to him.
  • Shoes are banned from his recording studio because he worships music.

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