Rahman's life strings were attached to music as his father himself was a film score composer. With the passage of time, Rahman started to assist his father in the studio. After the tragic death of his father when he was just nine years old, the rental of his father's musical equipments some how managed their family income.

The musical fire inside Rahman flared up and made him a keyboard player. It pushed him further to establish and come up with a Chennai -based rock group Nemesis Avenue.

This was just the starting for the music maestro as Rahman's craving to explore every strata of music led him to master the keyboard, piano, synthesizer, harmonium and guitar.

Rahman had keen interest in synthesizer as he believed that it was the perfect blend of music and technology.

The music maestro began his initial musical training under the guidance of Master Dhanraj and just at the age of 11, he began playing in the orchestra of a Malyalam composer MK Arjunan.

He marked the first milestone in his music career by accompanying many prominent personalities of music industry and grabbing a scholarship from prestigious Trinity College Of London.

Rahman's younger sister fell seriously ill in 1984. He was introduced to Qadiri Islam. At the age of 23, he along with his family converted to Islam. Changing his name from RS Dileep Kumar he was reborn with a new name Allah Rakha Rahman.

He got his first break in 1992 when director Mani Ratnam approached him to compose the soundtrack and score for his Tamil film 'Roja'.

From there he kickstarted his journey in the film industry and won prestigious Golden Globe Award, two Grammy awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, 4 National Awards and 13 Filmfare Awards. He is the first Asian to win two Oscars for the best Original score.

We wish AR Rahman a very Happy Birthday.

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