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Meet AR Rahman, India’s Musical Genius

Picture: GQ India

The heat of AR Rahman’s concert is still felt today, even though it ended a few days ago. The AR Rahman – Secret of Success: Live in Malaysia 2023 marked his 30th year in the musical industry, and he performed in front of more than 60,000 crowds. The Bukit Jalil National Stadium was lively with Malaysians, enjoying the magnificent performance. Everyone wanted to listen to the musical genius. 

His name is no longer unknown to people. Nevertheless, some people might not know AR Rahman by his name but by his songs. Have you heard the song titled “Jaiho” from Slumdog Millionaire (2008), the Oscar-winning movie? Yup, he is the composer of the song, and he also received the Oscar award for Best Score. That tells you how great he is.

Let’s get to know AR Rahman a little deeper, shall we?


Picture: AR Rahman

So, he is not only a composer but, a singer-songwriter, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and philanthropist. Born in Chennai, India, he is now 57 years old and still rocking!

His musical competence runs in the family, as his father was a composer who had composed scores for Malayalam movies. Showing interest in music, AR Rahman learnt to play the piano at the age of 4. He is a degree-holder in Western classical music.

AR Rahman’s first big project was he composed a song for the film, Roja (1992). Since then, his success arose and led him to be nominated for multiple awards, like the Academy award. He also got to bring home the trophies!

His songs portrayed a mixture of classical Indian music, Indian pop, and indie. The songs are loved by many worldwide, no matter what race people are.

Tamil or English songs, language does not become a barrier for people to enjoy his creations. 

Sources: AR Rahman, IMDb, Britannica


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