AR Rahman turns 49; Interesting facts about the maestro

Music maestro A R Rahman turned 49 on Wednesday. The Academy Award winning composer said that he feels lucky that he is not yet 50. Rahman, who is a composer of international repute, took to social media to thank his fans and well-wishers for their love and prayer on his birthday.

"To my dearest friends, fans, family and well-wishers... Thank you for your kind birthday wishes, prayers and affection. You inspire me to work harder and make even more beautiful music. Luckily I am not yet 50," he wrote on his Facebook page.

"May the Almighty keep us all united, keep our hearts pure and compassionate. Let us make the world a beautiful place with connected wisdom, love and care," Rahman added.

Rahman was born on January 6, 1967 to R K Shekhar who used to compose music for Tamil and Malayalm films. As a child he used to assist his father and played the synthesiser. He lost his father at a young age of nine. Rahman’s music is known for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.

Here are some interesting facts about the legendary, but humble musician:-

Though interested in music, Rahman had wanted to become a computer engineer. In a book on him titled 'A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music', the composer is quoted as saying, “I wanted to be a computer engineer when I was a kid. Electronic gadgets and technology fascinated me."

Rahman was once apparently suspended from school due to his inconsistent attendance record.

Rahman converted to Islam, his mother’s religion, at the age of 23. He was born Dileep Kumar and coincidentally, his wife’s name is Saira Banu.

Rahman has two daughters and a son. He shares his birthday with his son Ameen who was also born on January 6.

Before scoring for films, Rahman used to be a keyboard player and arranger for rock band ‘Roots’, along with his childhood friends percussionist Sivamani and singer Suresh Peters and others. They also founded the Chennai-based rock band ‘Nemesis Avenue’.

Although Rahman’s score for Mani Ratnam’s ‘Roja’ released first, his first film composition was for Malayalam film ‘Yodha’ which released a couple of weeks after ‘Roja’.    

Rahman’s composition ‘Jai Ho’ from ‘Slumdog Milloinaire’ which won him the Oscar was originally composed for Salman Khan starrer ‘Yuvraaj’.