A. R. Rahman is an Indian Music Director born on 6 January 1966 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu as A. S. Dileep Kumar. In 1984, when his younger sister fell severely ill and he was introduced to Qadri Islam. At 11, he started playing in a orchestra of Malayalam composer M. K. Arjunan, a friend of his father R. K. Shekhar. Later, he started working with best known composers such as Raj-Koti, M. S. Viswanathan, Ramesh Naidu, Ilaiyaraaja, Zakir Hussain etc.
He obtained a scholarship with Trinity College, London and he holds a diploma in Western Classical Music. He is founder of a rock band “Nemesis Avenue”.
He has received 102 awards with high profile awards like two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fourteen Filmfare Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards South, Padma Shri, Guinness World Records and many more.