Interesting Facts About A. R. Rahman That His Fans Should Know

If there is one word that can be used to describe A. R. Rahman, it has to be genius. He is to music what Sachin Tendulkar is to cricket. In fact, he is arguably the most renowned artist to have come out of India.

Having mesmerised the audiences with his music, he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. To celebrate his life, let’s look at a few unknown facts about him.


During his childhood, he aspired to become a computer engineer. Thankfully that never took shape or else he would have had to deal with entropy, enthalpy and beats all through his life. It changed when his father gifted him a keyboard and the rest is history.

AR Rahman


Born as Dileep Kumar, he went on to embrace Islam at the age of 23, after he met his spiritual guru, Qadri Islam.


A street in Markham, Ontario, Canada, has been named in his honour. That’s the impact he has had on world music.


The Oscar winning song Jai Ho! was initially composed for Salman Khan starrer Yuvraaj. It’s crazy how the Academy award winning song ended up being a part of Slumdog Millionaire.


AR Rahman won the National Award for his debut in Roja. There’s an interesting story behind that.

At the 40th National Film Awards, the jury was tied between Rahman and Ilaiyaraaja (for Thevar Magan) in deciding the winner. Here’s what Balu Mahendra, chairman of the jury, had to say:

“And the task of deciding the winner indeed was directed to me. That was a moment when I thought none can produce such a fantastic music for the first film itself. With no options left I voted for A.R. Rahman”.


In Rahman’s Chennai studio, his first keyboard has been put on display.


AR Rahman composed Airtel’s signature tune. With over 150 million downloads, it’s one of the most famous mobile ringtones of all time.


We, at DailySocial, would like to wish the maestro A. R. Rahman a very happy birthday. We hope he continues to compose tunes that define our lives.

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