Happy Birthday AR Rahman – COMPOSER

ABOUT
Academy Award-winning composer who was known as one of the greatest and most prolific film composers of all time. He was called the Mozart of Madras for composing the scores for the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire and the 2005 film Lord of War.

BEFORE FAME
He first showed his interest in music by playing the keyboard in childhood bands. His first film score was for the Tamil film Roja from 1992.

TRIVIA
He incorporated several genres into his work, including Eastern classical music, electronic music, world music, and traditional orchestral arrangements.

FAMILY LIFE
He was born into a musically affluent Mudaliar Tamil family in which his father RK Shekhar was employed as a film music composer and conductor. He fathered three children with wife Saira Banu.

ASSOCIATED WITH
He collaborated extensively with Indian director Mani Ratnam.