திரு. ஏஆர். ரஹ்மான் அவர்களின் தாயார் பிறப்பில் முஸ்லீம் பெண் என்பது தவறான செய்தியாகும். அவரின் இயற்பெயர் கஸ்தூரி (இப்போது கரீனா பேகம்)
அத்தோடு இன்னமும் பலருக்கு தெரியாத விடயம் திரு ஏஆர் ரகுமானின் மூத்த சகோதரியின் மகன் தான் இசை அமைப்பாளர் ஜி.வி.பிரகாஷ் என்பது. ஜி.வி. பிரகாஷின் தந்தையார் பெயர் வெங்கடேஷ், தங்கையின் பெயர் பவானி. .
திரு ஏஆர் ரகுமானும் அவரின் தாயாரும் சகோதரிகளும் 1989ம் ஆண்டில் இஸ்லாம் மதத்தை தழுவினார்கள் அப்போது ஏஆர் ரகுமானுக்கு வயது 23.
இசை என்பது மொழிகளுக்கும் மதங்களுக்கும் அப்பாற்பட்ட ஒரு தெய்வீக கலை
BIOGRAPHY OF A.R.RAHMAN
Allah Rakha Rahman (born on January 6, 1967 as A. S. Dileep Kumar in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) is a composer, best known for composing film scores and soundtracks. This genius with his exceptional talent, has reached heights of success that people his age can only dream of. Even then this small man remains humble and credits all his inspiration and success to Allah.
Born as Dileep Kumar to parents R. K. Sekhar, a music composer and mother Kasturi (alias Kareema Begum), he came to be known as A. R Rahman later when the family converted to Islam. Dileep started learning piano at the tender age of four. As his father passed away early, the pressure of supporting the family fell on young Dileep Kumar.
Dileep joined Illaiyaraja’s troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11 and had to drop out of school. He also played on the orchestra of M. S. Vishwanathan and Ramesh Naidu and accompanied Zakir Hussain and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan on world tours. All this experience enabled him to earn a scholarship to the famed Trinity College of Music at Oxford University from where he obtained a degree in Western Classical Music. After he returned he continued to be a part of various music troupes. He was also a part of local rock bands like Roots, Magic and Nemesis Avenue where he performed with his future colleagues like Ranjit Barot and Sivamani. In 1987, he got a chance to compose a jingle to promote Allwyn’s new Trendy range of watches. His work was appreciated and he got many more offers. He has done jingles for popular ads like Parry’s, Leo Coffee, Boost, Titan, Premier Pressure Cooker, Asian Paints etc. Rahman went on to compose more than 300 jingles and received awards and recognition for his work, in the five years he continued in advertising.
In 1989, he started a small studio of his own, called Panchathan Record Inn, attached to his house. It was here that he began experimenting in sound engineering, design and production. The turning point in his life was when he met the famous director Mani Ratnam and was signed on to compose music for his super hit film ‘Roja’. Rahman got the national award for the best music director that year. From then on there was no looking back for him. He got offers from a lot of directors from the south and the Hindi film ‘Rangeela’ and later ‘Bombay’ established his popularity in the north too. Rahman music wave arrived with a big bang in the tinsel world with sales of more than 40 million albums over a period of 3 years. He has also dabbled in playback singing with songs like ‘Hamma Hamma’ in Bombay, ‘Dil Se Re’ in Dil Se etc.
Apart from making music for films, Rahman has also done compositions for patriotic albums like ‘ Vande Mataram’ a tribute to the motherland released simultaneously in 28 countries across the world and ‘Jana Gana Mana’ which brought together many of the countries classical and contemporary musical maestros, both released under the prestigious Label of Sony Music. He has also worked and performed with internationally reputed artists such as Apache Indian, David Byrne, Michael Jackson and with Andrew Webber Lloyd for his album ‘Bombay Dreams’. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his talent. Padmasree from the government of India in 2000 being one of them.
Rahman is the only son of R. K. Sekhar Mudhaliar, who was a composer, arranger and conductor for Malayalam films. His father died when Rahman was nine years old, and his family used to rent out musical equipment to make ends meet, something they found very difficult. During early difficulties, an unexplainable illness of Rahman’s sister disappeared after a visit by a Sufi saint. This led Dileep to convert to Islam, changing his name to Allah Rakha Rahman.
At the age of 11, Rahman joined the troupe of Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja as a keyboardist. He later played on the orchestra of M. S. Viswanathan and Ramesh Naidu, and accompanied Zakir Hussain and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan on world tours. The experience allowed him to obtain a scholarship to Trinity College at Oxford University, where he graduated with a degree in Western classical music.
In 1991, Rahman began his own studio (attached to his house), called the Panchathan Record Inn. He initially composed music for use in advertisements, the title music of 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 - 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 for his upcoming Tamil language 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 (Electric Dreams, Tamil) in 1997, Lagaan (Tax, Hindi) in 2002 and Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek, Tamil in 2003), the most ever by any composer.
When Rahman arrived on the Indian music scene with his first film Roja, he brought about a transformation of film music. Roja was a massive hit, and Rahman followed it up with a number of other extremely popular films, including Bombay, Kadhalan, Rangeela, Dil Se and Taal. Rangeela, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, marked Rahman’s debut in Hindi films. The huge sales of these albums prompted movie producers to take film music more seriously. Rahman’s playback singing in several of his albums was also widely admired.
Lord Lloyd-Webber with A. R. Rahman’s work is also unique in the fact that his collaborations with a few film 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 S. Shankar (Gentleman, Kadhalan, Indian, Jeans, Mudhalvan, Nayak, Boys and Sivaji).
He made an album Vande Mataram (1996) on India’s national song, singing the title song on the album. He followed it up with an album called Jana gana mana, a huge conglomeration of performances by all the leading exponents/artists of Indian classical music.
Andrew 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. Furthermore, Rahman, along with the Finnish folk music band wrtten, composed the music for The Lord of the Rings theatre production, which opened in Toronto on March 23, 2006.
The following article was written in TIME magazine about Rahman’s achievements. His first movie album Roja was listed in TIME magazine’s Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time.
In addition to influencing western audiences, Rahman also impressed eastern audiences with his music so much that he was tapped by Chinese director He Ping to compose the score and soundtrack for the Chinese film Warriors of Heaven and Earth in 2003. The music of this film was very much appreciated in Asia and in India.
On May 23rd 2006, a two-disc album soundtrack, titled Introducing A. R. Rahman, was released by Times Square Records, featuring 25 songs he composed from Tamil film soundtracks spanning 1993-2001. The compilation soundtrack was well received. In addition to this, Rahman performed at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheatre in July of 2006, with Indian singers Sukhwinder Singh, Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam, as well as American performing groups Raagapella and Global Rhythms, to a sell out crowd.
His latest work includes Bose - The Forgotten Hero, Swades, Mangal Pandey - The Rising, Rang De Basanti, Sillunu Oru Kaadhal and Guru. He is currently working on Shankar’s next venture Sivaji: The Boss, and on one of Shyam Benegal’s next ventures, Chamki Chameli, which is set for release in 2007.
Rahman is a recipient of the Padma Shri and is known around the world as the Mozart from Madras