The legendary music composer and singer, AR Rahman turns 54 years old on January 6. He is not only an inspiration for the budding music stars in India but also has his impact internationally. AR Rahman is known for her soulful voice and soothing music. Owing to this quality he has been bestowed with many awards and honours.
Let’s now take a look at a few lesser-known facts about AR Rahman on his birthday:
1. Born In Hindu Family
It will be interesting to know that AR Rahman was born in a Hindu family. In fact, his birth name is A.S Dileep Kumar. It was when he was 23 that he met his spiritual Guru, Qadri Islam, and embraced Islam.
2. Shot To Fame As A Kid
Before venturing into the world of music as an adult, AR Rahman was seen in Doordarshan’s Wonder Baloon as a kid. It was here where he garnered a lot of fame as the kid who could play 4 keyboards at once.
3. First Asian To Win 2 Oscars In Same Year
AR Rahman is the first Asian to have won 2 Oscars in the same year. He was bestowed with this prestigious award for the 2009 movie Slumdog Millionaire.
4. A Street In Canada Is Named After AR Rahman
To honour the legendary music composer-singer, AR Rahman, a street in Markham, Ontario, Canada, was named after him. This incident happened in November 2013.
These are a few lesser-known facts about the legendary AR Rahman. A very happy birthday to the Mozart of Madras.