Dancing To AR Rahman’s Tunes

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​Often referred to as the ‘Mozart of Madras’, AR Rahman, one of India’s best music composers, celebrates his 56th birthday today. Let’s take a look at a few fun facts about him.

​From the time Rahman began composing, starting with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Roja’, he’s rarely had a dull moment. But here’s a cool fact. The composer’s first brush with fame was when he was 13 (1980) where he played four keyboards at the same time for Doordarshan’s show ‘Wonder Balloon’.

​January 6 is not the only birthday celebrated in the Rahman household. It also happens to be his son, AR Ameen’s birthday.

​In 2009, AR Rahman won, not one but two, Academy Awards for the film, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, making him the first person of Indian descent to get there. His other international recognitions include a Grammy and a Golden Globe, not to mention the innumerable awards he’s received in India. He was also given the Padma Shri title as early as 2000.

​Did you know that there is a street in Ontario, Canada, named after AR Rahman? This was done to celebrate the musician’s talent and achievements.

​According to Celebrity Net Worth, AR Rahman’s net worth is valued at US$ 280 million. Let that sink in.

​The musician is also a bit partial to luxury, especially when it comes to wheels. Word has it that apart from his other vehicles, he also has a Jaguar (priced approximately at Rs 1.08 crore) and a Mercedes (priced approximately at Rs 2.86 crore) tucked away in his garage.

​In 2022, Rahman co-produced and directed an Indian virtual reality thriller called ‘Le Musk’, starring Nora Arnezedar and Guy Burnet.The film was shot entirely in Rome and in 13 days. Rahman describes this film as a 'sensory experience'.

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