A.R. Rahman is an award-winning composer, singer, producer, and musician best known for his work in Indian cinema.
A. R. was born into a musical family in Chennai, India. His father, R. K. Shekhar, was a film music composer and conductor for Tamil. During his childhood, A. R. would assist his father by playing keyboard and arranging music. He learned a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, and synthesizer, and began playing in an orchestra at age 11. In part because of his work with major composers like M. S. Viswanathan and Ramesh Naidu, A. R. was awarded a scholarship to the Trinity College of Music at Trinity College in London. He began his film career when he started recording and mixing studio Panchathan Record Inn in 1992.
Originally composing for documentaries, jingles, and television projects, he went on to compose the soundtrack for the film "Roja" in 1992. He has since composed scores for movies such as "Minsara Kanavu," "Lagaan," "Rangeela," "Varalaru," and most notably "Slumdog Millionaire" and “127 Hours.” His work has earned him multiple nominations and awards, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Song for "Jai Ho" and the "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack. In 2009, he was listed as one of the World's Most Influential People in "Time" magazine.
A. R. participates in many charitable causes, including the Stop TB Partnership and Save the Children. In 2008, he formed his own music conservatory, KM Music Conservatory, which trains aspiring musicians in vocals, instruments, technology, and sound design.
In addition to composing, A. R. has participated in concert tours of his own, traveling to Singapore, Australia, Dubai, the UK, and North America with great success. A. R. is married to Saira Banu and has three children: Khatija, Rahima, and Ameen.