A. R. Rahman Full Biography, Networth (2022) | Age, Height, Family, Wife, Career, Awards and more

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A. R. Rahman is an incredibly famous Academy and Grammy Award winning film author, artist and lyricist who is most popular for his imaginative strategy for coordinating different music kinds and structures from a wide range of melodic practices, both contemporary (electronic sounds) as well as old style (conventional symphony). Over the most recent thirty years, Rahman has worked across a few entertainment worlds inside India too in worldwide film projects, alongside a few performance projects, all of which go on till date. His most broadly acclaimed melodic scores incorporate movies like Roja (1992), Bombay (1995), Rangeela (1995), Dil Se.. (1997), Lagaan (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

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A. R. Rahman: Biography

Genuine Name  A.S. Dileep Kumar (during Hinduism religion)
Full NameAllah Rakha Rahman
Pet & NicknameIsai Puyal, The Mozart of Madras
Profession LineSinger, Music Director, Composer
Marriage Date12th March 1995
WifeSaira Banu

ChildrenSon- Ameen

Daughter- Khatija Rahman,  
Rahima Rahman

Physical Attributes

WeightIn Kg: 70 kg
In Pounds: 154 pounds
Height      In Centimetres: 165 cm
In Metres: 1.65 m
In Feet & Inches: 5’ 5’’
Eye Color  Brown  
Hair Color  Black
Skin ColorAlmond

Personal Details

Date of birth  6th January 1967 (Friday)
Age (as in 2021)  55 years 
Birth Place  Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Birth & Zodiac sign  Capricorn (based on date of birth)  
Nationality  Indian  
Religion  Islam (converted from Hinduism)  
Hometown Destiny  Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
AddressKodambakkam, Chennai
School Academy  Padma Seshadi Bal Bhavan, Chennai
College Name  Madras Christian College, Chennai
UniversityTrinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Last QualificationGraduate  Course in Western Classical Music
Food & Dietary habits  Non-Vegetarian
Interest & Hobbies  Playing Keyboard, Reading
Awards and Achievements        National Film Award
1992: Roja- Best Music Direction Award
1996: Minsara Kanavu- Best Music Direction Award
2001: Lagaan- Best Music Direction Award
2002: Kannathil Muthamittal- Best Music Direction Award
2017: Kaatru Veliyidai- Best Music Direction Award
2017: Mom- Best Music Direction Award  

Academy Award
2009: Slumdog Millionaire- Best Original Score and Song “Jai Ho”  

2009: Slumdog Millionaire- Best Film Music Award  

Grammy Award
2009: Slumdog Millionaire- Best Song Written “Jai Ho” Best Compilation SoundTrack Album  

1995: Kalaimamani (Tamil Nadu Govt.)
2000: Padma Shri Award
2001: Awadh Samman (Uttar Paradesh Govt.)
2004: National Lata Mangeshkar Award (Madhya Pradesh Govt.)
2006: Honorary Award by Standford University
2010: Padma Bhushan (Govt. of India)
2011: Lifetime Achievement Award in Dubai International film Festival
2016: Fukuoka Prize by Japan Country  

Family & Ancestor

MotherKareema Beegum (died in 28th December 2020 in Chennai)

FatherR.K. Shekhar (Music Composer)

SistersA.R. Reihana,

Fathima Rafiq,
Ishrath Qadri


ActorRishi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor
ActressRekha, Katrina Kaif  
FoodPalak Paneer, Rasam-Rice, Chicken Tandori
MusicianIlayaraja, Mohammad Rafi, Michael Jackson  
Holiday DestinationChennai, Mumbai, London
DressCoat Pant

A. R. Rahman: Childhood & Early Life

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Rahman was born on 6th January, 1967, to a musically rich Tamil family, as A.S. Dileep Kumar. Rahman’s father, R K Shekhar, was also a composer and a conductor for Malayalam and Tamil songs. As a young child, Rahman used to visit the studios with his father and that perhaps imbibed the music in him from very early on. At the age of 4, he started learning the piano.

Unfortunately, this young boy had a rough start when at the tender age of nine years, he lost his father. 

With no source of income, Rahman’s family rented out the musical equipment of his father to earn money. After a series of family crises, Rahman converted to Islam, His mother’s family’s religion and since then he has been known as A R Rahman. During his early teenage years, he started accompanying accomplished musicians such as, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar, and others on world tours and earned a degree in western classical music from Trinity School of Music.

A. R. Rahman: Family and Personal Life

Rahman is married to Saira Banu and they have three children, Rahima, Ameena and Khatija. 

He was more or less an atheist during his childhood, but found direction in Sufi Islam, and converted to his mothers’ family’s religion, Islam. 

A. R. Rahman: Career

Early Career

Rahman’s career initially started with composition of jingles, advertisements, documentaries, etc. In the year 1987, Rahman (then still known as Dileep) got his first break in the music industry.  He started by composing jingles for AllwynCompany’snew range of watches. Two years later, Rahman started a small studio in his house’s backyard with the name, Panchathan Record Inn. It later went on to become India’s most well-equipped and advanced sound recording studios.

Heights of his Career

Later, Rahman met one of the finest directors of India, Mani Ratnam. Mr. Ratnam heard a few samples of Rahman’s music and was so impressed that he immediately signed Rahman for music composition of his movie Roja (which was released in 1992). The film’s score brought him nationwide success, recognition and fame.

Offers started pouring in from various directors. He composed for various Tamil movies before venturing into Hindi. His first Hindi language movie was Rangeela (released in 1995). The massive response for the movie led him to compose various hit albums for movies such as, Bombay (1995), Dil se, Taal (1999), Zubeidaa (2001), Lagaan, Once Upon a Time in India (2001) and Rockstar (2011) to name a few.

Rahman has in fact had three highly successful world tours from the year 2004 where he showcased his music to the world audience. He has performed for audiences in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Dubai, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and India.

Awards and Nominations

In 2006, Rahman launched his own music label by the name, KM Music. He composed music for a Mandarin language film, Warriors of Heaven and Earth in the year 2003. He had done research on Chinese and Japanese classical music before composing the music. He won the Just Plain Folks Music Award for Best Music Album for his music in the film Varalaru (God Father) (2006).

Rahman has been a two-time winner and a five-time nominee in the Oscars.  His first Hollywood movie was Couples Retreat (released in 2009) for which he won the BMI London Award for Best Score. Rahman had also composed for the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire for which he had won a Golden Globe Award and two Academy awards, creating a record for being the first Asian to have done so. The songs Jai Ho and O…Saya from the film Slumdog Millionaire earned him commercial success internationally.

Music producers from around the world praise and respect Rahman’s music. A music producer, named Ron Fair (songwriter from Los Angeles), considers Rahman to be ‘one of the world’s great living composers in any medium’.

I had come to the music of A. R. Rahman through the emotional and haunting score of Bombay and the wit and celebration of Lagaan. But the more of AR’s music I encountered the more I was to be amazed at the sheer diversity of styles: from swinging brass bands to triumphant anthems; from joyous pop to West-End musicals. Whatever the style, A. R. Rahman’s music always possesses a profound sense of humanity and spirit, qualities that inspire me the most.”  –Australian film Director Baz Luhrmann

“Your best success comes after your greatest disappointment.” – Allah-Rakha Rahman

Rahman has also introduced the 7.1 technology (Dolby surround system) in south Indian movies to provide better audio output. He has revolutionized the conventional music of Indian music industry. He is known as the epitome of music in India. His music, over the decades, has captivated audiences of all generations.

Rahman, today has a fan base that cuts across all borders and continents.  From a boy with modest beginnings to the Success story that he is today is indeed testimony to his talent, hard work, grit and determination.  As he soars to great heights with his musical notes, we can also imbibe and get inspired to achieve greater goals in our lives.

A. R. Rahman: Net Worth

Net Worth (2022)$80 Million
Net Worth In Indian Rupees595 Crore INR
Monthly Income And Salary4 Crore +
Yearly Income50 Crore +
Last Updated2022


 He composed music for film “Muhammad: The Messenger Of God” which is biopic film on Prophet Muhammad S.A.W and scholar issued Fatwa on releasing movie and he also included on this matter for his work in movie.

AR Rahman’s Philanthropic Work

AR Rahman is involved in a number of charitable causes. We are listing some of them below:

He was the global ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a WHO project. In 2008, he opened the KM Music Conservatory with an audio-media education facility to train aspiring musicians in vocals, instruments, music technology, and sound design. 

He founded Sunshine Orchestra with a vision to introduce India’s first symphony orchestra where economically backward children can get free music education from the KM Music Conservatory. 
In 2019, Rahman performed a Sufi Benefit Concert at the annual New York gala of Pratham, which focuses on imparting quality education to India’s underprivileged children. It is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in India. 

Biographies on AR Rahman

1- A. R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music by Nasreen Munni Kabir in 2011.

2- A. R. Rahman: The Musical Storm by Mathai Kamini in 2009. 


  • A.R Rahman was earlier recognized as A. S. Dileep Kumar prior he converted to Islam.
  • A.R Rahman had a complex childhood as his father died when he was only 9 years old. He was the sole earner of his family. Firstly, he used to play his father’s instrument with the intention of earning money.
  • He scored around 62% in his board examinations.
  • Rahman always aspired to become a computer engineer.
  • Pursuing the footsteps of his Dad, he started his early music training from Master Dhanraj.
  • A.R Rahman’s first salary was only 50 (INR) for working on to a recording player.
  • As a kid, he was seen in Doordarshan’s Wonder Balloon where he got popular for being the kid who could play 4 keyboards at once.
  • A street in Markham, Ontario, Canada, has been named after him in his honour in November 2013.
  • Rahman and his son, Ameen share the same birth date, that is 6th January!
  • Apart from Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman has provided great scores for other Hollywood movies such as 127 Hours and the Lord Of War.
  • In the Limca Book of Records 2007, Rahman holds “Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music” Award.
  • The Oscar-winning song “Jai Ho” was initially composed for the Salman Khan starrer- Yuvraaj.
  • Despite all his international success, he still remains in touch with the South Indian film industry that he first took off from.
  • He has won 4 national awards, 15 Filmfare awards and 14 Filmfare awards south, as of 2014. In fact, out of a total of 138 award nominations, he has won 117. He is also the first Asian to have won 2 Oscars in the same year!
  • The French TV commercial for Volvic starring Zinedine Zidane in 2000 featured a sample from Rahman’s theme song for the movie Bombay.
  • Airtel’s signature tune, composed by Rahman, is the world’s most downloaded mobile music with over 150 million downloads.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Rahman converted to Islam in the late 1980s and identifies as a Sufi, following a path within the Muslim faith that emphasizes a personal, mystical connection with the divine.

He charges a massive 9 Crore per movie remuneration. He is considered to be the most bankable singer in the Bollywood industry and his net worth is likely to take a huge hike in the coming years. With so much wealth Rahman Sir doesn't shy away from his duties, he is among the highest taxpayers in the country.

He is said to be among the highest taxpayers in the country. He also performs at various concert and live-shows for charity. It is believed that the maestro charges a whopping ₹1-2 crore for a one-hour long performance.

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Rahman's daughter also happens to be the niece of music composer AR Rahman. For the unversed, Rahman is married to Meherunnisa, the elder sister of AR Rahman's wife Saira Banu.

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