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Allah Rakha Rahman (born Thursday January 6, 1966 as A.S. Dileep Kumar in Chennai, India) is a popular Indian film music composer. He made his debut with Mani Ratnam's movie, Roja (Rose) a bilingual movie (1992) in Tamiland Hindi,Ram Gopal Verma's movie Rangeela (Colorful) (1995) in Hindi. Image File history File links AR Rahman [[1]] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links AR Rahman [[1]] File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Thursday is considered either the fourth or the fifth day of the week, between Wednesday and Friday. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Chennai (சென்னை in Tamil), formerly known as Madras, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is Indias fourth largest city. ... It has been suggested that Maniratnam be merged into this article or section. ... Roja (1992) is a Tamil movie directed by Mani Ratnam, one of the leading filmmakers in India. ... The letter ழ் is a consonant believed to be unique to Tamil and Malayalam Tamil is a classical language and one of the major languages belonging to the Dravidian language family. ... Ram Gopal Verma or better known as the factory is one of the few maverick film makers of the Hindi film indutry. ... Rangeela (1995) is a Hindi movie, a product of the Bollywood film industry. ... Hindi (हिन्दी) is a language spoken mainly in North and Central India. ...

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Early Years

Rahman is the only son of R. K. Sekhar, who was an arranger and conductor for Malayalam films. His father died when Rahman was nine years old and his family used to rent out musical equipments to make ends meet. At the age of 11, Rahman joined the troupe of Indian composer Ilayaraja as a keyboard player. He later played on the orchestra of M.S. Vishwanathan and Ramesh Naidu, and accompanied Zakir Hussain and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan on world tours. The experience allowed him to obtain a scholarship to the Trinity College of Music at Oxford University, where he received a degree in Western Classical Music. Ilayaraaja Ilayaraaja (born June 2, 1943) is Indias most prolific film music composer, having composed for over 750 films over a career of more than 20 years. ... Roland EXR-3 Keyboard Three-year-old girl playing with a keyboard The musical keyboard, also known as the piano keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers on a musical instrument which produce notes. ... Zakir Hussain (born March 9, 1951), son of tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha, is the probably the most famous classical tabla player in India today. ... Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan is a violinist from south India. ... Trinity College of Music is not quite one of the UKs top music conservatories but its getting there, today based in Greenwich, London, England. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Leonardo da Vincis Vitruvian Man, for many a symbol of the changes of the Western culture during the Renaissance Western culture refers to the culture that has developed in the Western world. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Music Career

In 1989, Rahman began his own studio (which was attached to his house), called the Panchathan Record Inn. He initially composed music for use in advertisements, the title music on popular Indian Television channels and music in documentaries, among other projects. Rahman was, at first, hesitant about composing music for the Indian film industry primarily because most film makers at the time used songs as "fillers" or a means by which the audience was given a break from the movie's plot. In 1991 he was approached by film director Mani Ratnam, who offered Rahman the job as composer of music for his upcoming film Roja, at a price of Rs. 25,000. Rahman accepted, and the movie's superhit debut made him a household name in Tamil Nadu virtually overnight and led Rahman to receive the Rajat Kamal award for best music director at the Indian National Film Awards, the first time ever by a debutant. Rahman has since then gone on to win the award 3 more times (for Minsaara Kanavu in 1997, Lagaan in 2002 and Kannathil Muthamittal in 2003) the most ever by any composer. Panchathan Record Inn is music director A. R. Rahmans studio at Chennai, India. ... RS has different meanings depending on the context: Religious studies, the science of major religions, rites and rituals. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... Minsaara Kanavu was a Kollywood film released in 1997. ... Lagaan - Once upon a time in India. ...


A.R. Rahman combined the usage of technology and music. He has been successful in creating his own style of composition by a symbiosis of the best elements of technology and the Indian classical instruments. However some critics allege that he makes excessive usage of technology in his music.


When Rahman arrived onto the Indian music scene with his first film Roja (1992), the music industry in India was going through a crisis with the retirement of older music composers and the lack of innovation in Indian film music. Roja was a massive hit, and Rahman followed it up with a number of other extremely popular films, including Bombay, Dil Se and Rangeela. The huge sales of these albums prompted movie producers to take film music more seriously. Bombay is a Tamil/Hindi movie by Mani Ratnam starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. ... Dil Se DVD cover Dil Se (Hindi दिल से) is a 1998 bollywood film starring Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, and Preity Zinta. ... Rangeela (1995) is a Hindi movie, a product of the Bollywood film industry. ...


Another point worth noting is that while Ilayaraaja brought western music in Indian Instruments, A.R.Rahman pioneered the art of composing Indian classical Carnatic and Hindustani Music and using western Instruments to play those tunes Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja (born June 2, 1943) is the worlds most prolific film music composer, having composed for over 750 films over a career of more than 28 years. ... A. R. Rahman Allah Rakha Rahman, born January 6, 1967 as A.S. Dileep Kumar in Chennai, India, is a popular Indian film music composer. ... Carnatic may mean: Carnatic, a region of Southern India Carnatic music SS Carnatic, a shipwrecked steamer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Rahman's work is also unique in the fact that his collaborations with a few movie directors have always resulted in hugely successful albums. In particular, he has worked with Mani Ratnam on eight movies (until 2004) (see list of movies by Mani Ratnam featuring A R Rahman), all of which have been musical superhits. Also notable is his collaboration with the director Shankar (Gentleman, Kadhalan, Indian, Mudhalvan, Jeans and Boys). It has been suggested that Maniratnam be merged into this article or section. ... This is a list of movies made by the Indian director Mani Ratnam featuring the Indian music composer AR Rahman. ... Shankar can refer to: Shiva, Hindu god who is referred to by many names Adi Sankara, Hindu philosopher of around the year 800 A family of Indian musicians of whom the most well known is Ravi Shankar L. Shankar, Indian violinist (brother of L. Subramaniam, no relation to Ravi Shankar...

Lord Lloyd-Webber with A.R. Rahman
Lord Lloyd-Webber with A.R. Rahman

He made an album Vande Mataram (1996) on India's national song. Recently, he also came up with an album called Jana gana mana, a huge conglomeration of performances by all the leading exponents/artists of Indian classical music. ARR Weber Picture courtesy: The Hindu and Telegraph This work is copyrighted. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre. ... Vande Mataram (in Bangla: বন্দে মাতরম)is the national song of India. ... Jana Gana Mana (Thou Art the Ruler of the Minds of All People) is the national anthem of India. ... The origins of Indian classical music (marga), the classical music of India, can be found from the oldest of scriptures, part of the Hindu tradition, the Vedas. ...


His Latest Work Includes Mani Ratnams's Yuva, Bose - the forgotten hero (the Biography of Subash Chandra Bose), Swades, and the much awaited, The Rising. His music for Swades is the strong contender for this year's Indian National Film Awards.


International Accolades

Lord Lloyd-Webber, a well known composer of musicals, was impressed with Rahman's unique style and therefore hired him to compose his maiden stage production Bombay Dreams (2002). This play was well received in England and opened him up to new vistas in Hollywood. Currently (as of May 2004) Rahman, along with the Finnish folk music band Värttinä, is composing for The Lord of the Rings musical, set to open in Toronto on March 23, 2006. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre. ... The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ... Bombay Dreams is a musical with music by A. R. Rahman, lyrics by Don Black. ... ... Värttinä is a Finnish folk music band that was started as a project by Sari and Mari Kaasinen back in 1983 in the village of Rääkkylä, in Karelia, the southeastern region of Finland. ... Wikicities has a wiki about The Lord of the Rings: The Lord of the Rings Wiki Council of Elrond - news and scholarship The Encyclopedia of Arda - Mark Fishers tribute site to the works of Tolkien Tolkien Gateway Tolkien Collectors Gateway The Tolkien Wiki Community TheOneRing. ... }|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Official Flag]]|Coat Image=[[Image:{{{Coat Image}}}|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Coat of Arms]]}} {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Diversity Our Strength {{Canadian City/Location Image is:{{{Location Image Type}}}|[[Image:{{{Location Image}}}|thumbnail|center|250px|City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in Leap years). ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rahman received more international attention with this article in the [TIME] magazine. Rahman's first movie album "Roja" was listed in [TIME] magazine's TOP 10 Movie Soundtracks of all time. According to BBC Rahman has sold 100 million albums in India, as of 2003.


Critics

Partial discography

Films

YEAR TAMIL TELUGU HINDI
1992 Roja Roja Roja
1993 Gentleman Gentleman The Gentleman
1993 Kizhakku Cheemayilae
1993 Pudhiya Mugam
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Donga Donga Chor Chor
1993 Uzhavan
1994 Duet duet
1994 Kadhalan premikudu Humse hai Muqabala
1994 Karuthamma
1994 May Madham
1994 Puthiya Manargal
1994 Vandi Solai Chinnaraasu
1994 Pavithra
1994 Super Police
1994 Gang Master
1995 Bombay Bombay Bombay
1995 Indira indira
1995 Mutthu Mutthu Muthu Maharaja
1995 Rangeela Rangeli Rangeela
1996 Indian Bharateeyudu Hindustani
1996 Kadhal Desam Prema Desam Duniya Dilwalon Ki
1996 Love Birds Love Birds
1996 Mr Romeo Mr Romeo
1997 Iruvar Iddaru
1997 Minsara Kanavu Merupu Kalalu Sapnay
1997 Ratchagan Rakshakudu
1997 Daud
1998 Jeans Jeans Jeans
1998 Uyire prema tho Dil Se
1998 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna
1998 Kabhi Na Kabhi
1999 Mudhalvan Oke Okkadu Nayak
1999 Taj Mahal
1999 Sangamam
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Premikula Roju
1999 Jodi
1999 Thaalam Taal
1999 En Swasa Kaatre
1999 Padaiyappa Narasimha
1999 1947 Earth
1999 Thakshak
1999 Pukar
2000 Alai Payuthey Sakhi Saathiya
2000 Kandukonden Kandukonden Priyuralu Pilichindi
2000 Rhythm Rhythm
2000 Thenali Tenali
2000 Dil Hi Dil Mein
2001 Star
2001 Paarthale Paravasam Paravasam
2001 Alli Arjuna
2001 Zubeidaa
2001 One 2 Ka 4
2001 Love You Hamesha
2001 Lagaan
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Amrutha
2002 Baba Baba
2002 Kadhal Virus
2002 The Legend of Bhagat Singh
2002 Saathiya
2003 Udhaya
2003 Parasuram
2003 Boys Boys
2003 Enakku 20 Unakku 18 Nee Manasu Naaku Telusu
2003 Kangalal Kaidhu Sei
2003 Tehzeeb
2004 Aayitha Ezhuthu Yuva Yuva
2004 New Naani
2004 Desam Swades
2004 Lakeer
2004 Meenaxi - A Tale of 3 Cities
2004 Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa
2004 Kisna
2005 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - The Forgotten Hero
2005 Mangal Pandey - The Rising
2005 Ah Aah (Best Friend)
  • Note: "Year" indicates the year the earliest version of any multi-language movie was released.

A. R. Rahman has also composed the score for the following movies: The letter ழ் is a consonant believed to be unique to Tamil and Malayalam Tamil is a classical language and one of the major languages belonging to the Dravidian language family. ... Telugu belongs to the family of Dravidian languages and is the official language of the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. ... Hindi (हिन्दी) is a language spoken mainly in North and Central India. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roja (1992) is a Tamil movie directed by Mani Ratnam, one of the leading filmmakers in India. ... Roja (1992) is a Tamil movie directed by Mani Ratnam, one of the leading filmmakers in India. ... Roja (1992) is a Tamil movie directed by Mani Ratnam, one of the leading filmmakers in India. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Gentleman is a 1993 film directed by famous South Indian director S. Shankar. ... Gentleman is a 1993 film directed by famous South Indian director S. Shankar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Kadhalan is the name of a Tamil language film released in 1994, dialogues by Balakumaran and screenplay and direction by S. Shankar. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bombay is a Tamil/Hindi movie by Mani Ratnam starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. ... Bombay is a Tamil/Hindi movie by Mani Ratnam starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. ... Bombay is a Tamil/Hindi movie by Mani Ratnam starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rangeela (1995) is a Hindi movie, a product of the Bollywood film industry. ... Rangeela (1995) is a Hindi movie, a product of the Bollywood film industry. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The word Hindustani is an adjective used to denote a connection to India, or, more precisely, the historical region that encompasses Northern India, Pakistan, and nearby areas. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Minsaara Kanavu was a Kollywood film released in 1997. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Daud is the name used in the Quran for David. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Jeans is a 1998 Tamil movie starring Prashanth and Aishwarya Rai and music composed by A.R. Rahman. ... Jeans is a 1998 Tamil movie starring Prashanth and Aishwarya Rai and music composed by A.R. Rahman. ... Jeans is a 1998 Tamil movie starring Prashanth and Aishwarya Rai and music composed by A.R. Rahman. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 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Lagaan - Once upon a time in India. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...

He has also contributed one song to Fiza (1999, Hindi). 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Yodha is a Malayalam language comedy film produced in India in 1992. ... Malayalam (മലയാളം) is the major language of the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Daddy can refer to: A Father Daddy (song) – A song by KoЯn. ... Malayalam (മലയാളം) is the major language of the state of Kerala, in southern India. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... DVD cover for Warriors of Heaven and Earth Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Chinese: 天地英雄, Tian di ying xiong) is a 2004 action/adventure movie from China, and is directed by He Ping. ... Mandarin   listen?(Traditional: 北方話, Simplified: 北方话, Hanyu Pinyin: BÄ›ifānghuà, lit. ... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Music stubs ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Hindi (हिन्दी) is a language spoken mainly in North and Central India. ...


Non-Film

  • Return of the Thief of Baghdad (Yet to be released) (2003)
  • Deen Isai Maalai (1989) as AS Dilip Kumar
  • Set Me Free (1991)
  • Vande Mataram (1997)
  • Jana Gana Mana (2000)
  • Bombay Dreams (2002) (Musical)
  • Ignited Minds (2003) (Unreleased but peformed in live concert)
  • Raga's Dance (2004) (for Vanessa Mae's album called Choreography)

2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

This is the list of best selling music artists (including groups) worldwide, alltime. ...

External links

  • [Discography of A.R.Rahman (Fan WebSite) ]

 
 

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