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Also Known As: A. S. Dileep Kumar, Allah Rakkha Rahman, A Rahman, A R Rahman, Ar Rahman Died:
Born: January 6, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: India Profession: composer

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Regarded as the finest Indian film composer of his time, Allah Rakha Rahman â¿¿ better known as A.R. Rahman â¿¿ spent a great portion of his career amassing awards and acclaim in his native India before earning international renown for his wildly successful score for "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), which featured the global hit song "Jai Ho." After starting his film career composing the acclaimed score for "Roja" (1992), which was named one of the "Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time" by TIME magazine in 2005, Rahman quickly became one of the most decorated composers in all of India, collecting numerous awards, including a handful of National Film Awards, Indiaâ¿¿s equivalent to the Oscars. He broke through internationally with his score for "Dil Se" (1998), which featured the popular hit "Chaiyya Chaiyya," before earning high praise for his internationally recognized compositions for "Lagaan" (2001). Rahman took his first steps toward Hollywood with his work on "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007) before teaming with British director Danny Boyle on "Slumdog Millionaire," which vaulted the composer to international stardom that resulted in the successful "A.R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home...

Regarded as the finest Indian film composer of his time, Allah Rakha Rahman â¿¿ better known as A.R. Rahman â¿¿ spent a great portion of his career amassing awards and acclaim in his native India before earning international renown for his wildly successful score for "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), which featured the global hit song "Jai Ho." After starting his film career composing the acclaimed score for "Roja" (1992), which was named one of the "Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time" by TIME magazine in 2005, Rahman quickly became one of the most decorated composers in all of India, collecting numerous awards, including a handful of National Film Awards, Indiaâ¿¿s equivalent to the Oscars. He broke through internationally with his score for "Dil Se" (1998), which featured the popular hit "Chaiyya Chaiyya," before earning high praise for his internationally recognized compositions for "Lagaan" (2001). Rahman took his first steps toward Hollywood with his work on "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007) before teaming with British director Danny Boyle on "Slumdog Millionaire," which vaulted the composer to international stardom that resulted in the successful "A.R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour" (2010). By the time he reunited with Boyle to compose the score for the harrowing "127 Hours" (2010), Rahman had cemented his place as Indiaâ¿¿s most internationally acclaimed and successful musicians.

Born on Jan. 6, 1967 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Rahman was raised in a musically inclined home headed by his father, R.K. Shekhar, a composer who contributed scores to over 50 Indian films. He began studying piano at four years old, though an intense love of technology steered him toward the synthesizer. In 1975, Rahman had a piece he played on piano find its way onto a recording of a film his father was scoring, which compelled his dad to write a full song (for which he promptly took credit). Meanwhile, his father's untimely death when Rahman was nine laid the burden of supporting the family on his young shoulders, leading him to join a music troupe as a keyboard player and formally enter the world of music as a career path. To augment their income, his family rented out his fatherâ¿¿s musical equipment while Rahman played several instruments in rock bands that helped forge his later sound. Rahman's music career began in earnest in 1991 when he started composing jingles for advertisements through his own studio. Soon he had his first break in the Indian film industry when director, Mani Ratnam, offered him a chance to compose music for his Tamil film, "Roja" (1992), which won him the Silver Lotus Award for Best Music Director and launched his film composing career.

Rahman went on to compose acclaimed music for movies and worked with many of India's brightest music stars as well as a growing list of international luminaries like Michael Jackson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jean Michel Jarre and David Byrne, among many more. After composing the score for the controversial political drama, "Bombay" (1995), Rahman made his Hindi language debut with his award-winning music for the Bollywood style "Rangeela" (1995), which was released 10 years later in the United States as "Bollywood Dreams" (2005). His music began receiving international attention when his tracks were used on "The Clothes Show" (BBC, 1986- ) and other international fashion shows. Meanwhile, Rahman was invited to compose the theme music for the 1996 Cricket World Cup that was to be held in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He also became the first Indian artist to go international when his composition, "Vandemataram," a tribute to India that commemorated 50 years of the country's independence, was released simultaneously in 28 countries across the world under the Columbia Label of Sony Music in 1997. Back to composing for film, Rahman racked up several awards for his score to the musical "Minsara Kanavu" (1997), before being further rewarded for his compositions in the musical romance "Jeans" (1998).

Rahman continued to stake his claims as Indiaâ¿¿s top composer with the score for the Hindi film "Dil Se" (1998), which included the internationally popular "Chaiyya Chaiyya," a chart-topping song that was used during festive occasions across India while being named one of the Top 10 songs in a BBC World Service poll in 2003. The song even captured the attention of American director Spike Lee, who used it for the closing credits of "Inside Man" (2006). Following successful scores for "Taal" (1999), "Mudhalvan" (1999) and "Alaipayuthey" (1999), Rahman displayed his prodigious talents for the period drama, "Lagaan" (2001), which gained international attention via the film festival circuit, including the Sundance Film Festival, while enjoying near universal critical acclaim. Rahmanâ¿¿s perfectly woven soundtrack was hailed for its expressive poignancy while winning three National Film Awards, Indiaâ¿¿s equivalent to the Oscars. He earned another National Film Award for "Kannathil Muthamittal" (2002), while gaining further recognition for his scores on "The Legend of Bhagat Singh" (2002) and "Saathiya" (2002). Rahman stepped outside of India to compose the music for "Warriors of Heaven and Earth" (2003) by using three languages â¿¿ Mandarin, Hindi and English â¿¿ for the score. Meanwhile, he wrote the scores for "Udhaya" (2004) and the cult hit "Swades" (2004), before his earlier score for "Roja" was listed in TIME magazine's "Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time" in 2005.

Not even knowing one of his grandest international achievements was yet to come, Rahman continued to amass awards for work on the Canadian-made "Water" (2005), the romantic drama "Sillunu Oru Kaadhal" (2006), and the political thriller "Guru" (2007). He segued Western filmmaking by composing the score for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007) for director Shekhar Kapur. Rahman next help put India on the global entertainment map through his collaboration with director Danny Boyle on the music for the sleeper hit "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), an inspirational romantic drama about a young man (Dev Patel), who goes on India⿿s version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and becomes a national sensation. Rahman became the first of his countrymen to win both a Golden Globe and Academy Award for his original music. He also won an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for his energetic composition "Jai Ho," while his collaboration with British vocalist M.I.A., "O⿦Saya," was also nominated. Meanwhile, the soundtrack reached No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200. After returning to his native country to score several more films, Rahman reunited with Boyle on the score for "127 Hours" (2010), the directors remarkable account of mount climber Aaron Ralston (James Franco), who was trapped in a Utah canyon with his hand crushed by a boulder for five days, leading to the fateful decision to amputate his lower arm with a dull knife. With Boyle⿿s film and Franco⿿s stellar performance earning the lion⿿s share of critical kudos, Rahman, himself, received praise on his way to both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score, as well as an Oscar nod for Best Song, "If I Rise."

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 Lord of War (2005)
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Began early training in music under Master Dhanraj
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Joined Illaiyaraja's troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11
1987:
Began to compose jingles for advertisements, beginning with Allwyn's new Trendy range of watches
1992:
First break in film, composed music for Mani Ratnam¿s "Roja"
1995:
Re-teamed with Mani Ratnam to compose the music for "Bombay"
1996:
Composed the music for Deepa Mehta¿s first film in her `Elements¿ trilogy, "Fire"
1997:
Released the composition, "Vandemataram" as a tribute to India, commemorating 50 years of the country's independence
2002:
Composed the Bollywood-themed musical, "Bombay Dreams" for London¿s West End; show ran on Broadway from 2004-2005
2005:
Wrote the music for the final film in Deepa Mehta¿s `Elements¿ trilogy, "Water"
2006:
Composed the stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien¿s "Lord Of The Rings"; first premiered in Canada and then in London in 2007
2008:
Collaborated with director Danny Boyle on the music for the Academy Award winning film, "Slumdog Millionaire"; was nominated for a third Academy Award for the song "O Saya"
2010:
Composed the music for Danny Boyle's "127 Hours"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score ¿ Motion Picture ("127 Hours")
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