AR Rahman Birthday Special: 10 Lesser Known Facts about Him
Today is a very special day for all the music lovers, especially, the fans of AR Rahman. Yes, today is his birthday! So, let us know some lesser known facts about him now.
- He was born in Madras and named A.S. Dileep Kumar, who later converted into Islam at the age of 23 years and changed his name as Allahrakka Rahman
- Rahman's father R. K. Shekhar was a movie score conductor for Tamil and Malayalam movies.
- He is the first Asian who achieved two Oscar awards in one year!
- Rahman played jingles for different ads during his initial years of the career. He also played four keyboards at once in Doordarshan’s Wonder Balloon!
- Rahman's children Khatija and Ameen have sung in the Tamil movie Enthiran and Hollywood movie Couples Retreat, respectively
- Rahman received doctorates from world-renowned universities like Middlesex University, Berklee College of Music, Miami University and Aligarh Muslim University.
- Rahman was listed in the Time Magazine’s list of World’s Most Influential People in 2009.
- The signature tune of the Indian global telecommunications services Airtel is composed by Rahman!
- A street in Markham, Ontario, Canada, has been named in his honour in November 2013.
- Rahman is also known as the 'Mozart of Madras'!