A.R Rahman is an Indian film composer, record producer, musician and singer.
His film scoring career began with the film Roja where he won the National Award. He has won fourteen Filmfare Awards, four National Film Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, two Grammy Awards, and two Academy Awards.
He has been awarded with Oscar and Grammy for his work on the score for the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, becoming the first Indian citizen to do so. Rahman, in a career spanning over a decade, had sold more than 150 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million cassettes, making him one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists.
Rahman’s concerts have been sold out in international arenas including the prestigious Hollywood Bowl in 2006, and he has played for crowds as large as 120,000 in his home country. Time magazine has referred to him as the “Mozart of Madras” and several Tamil commentators have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (English: Music Storm). In 2009, the magazine placed Rahman in the Time 100 list of ‘World’s Most Influential People’.
He was recently conferred with the Padma Shri from the Government of India. He took part in the 25th anniversary re-recording of ‘We Are The World,’ along with Jennifer Hudson, Carlos Santana, Miley Cyrus, Barbra Streisand and Lil Wayne, to help raise money for earthquake survivors in Haiti.
In 2004, he was appointed as the Global Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a project by WHO. Rahman has expanded his focus to newer horizons like setting up the A R Rahman Foundation to help poor and underprivileged children. He also serves as the UN Ambassador for the 2015 Millenium Development Goals.