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The music maestro Allahrakka Rahman aka AR Rahman celebrated his 52nd birthday on Sunday.
Born on January 6, 1966, his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres, and traditional orchestral arrangements.
His father, R. K. Shekhar, was a film-score composer and conductor for Tamil and Malayalam films; Rahman assisted his father in the studio, playing the keyboard.
Rahman began his early musical training under Master Dhanraj, and at age 11 began playing in the orchestra of Malayalam composer (and close friend of his father) M. K. Arjunan.
He soon began working with other composers, such as M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Ramesh Naidu and Raj-Koti, accompanied Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship from Trinity College London to the Trinity College of Music.
The man, who has given us a song to hum in any mood or situation, made a splash on the music scene with Tamil and Hindi albums for the film 'Bombay'. It went on to become a rage and enthralled audiences all over.
An Honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, Rahman is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and was named as one of the 'World's Most Influential People' by Time in 2009.
Apart from this, he won four national awards, fifteen Filmfare awards and sixteen Filmfare awards south for his music.
It was in 2009 that he grounded his roots firmly in both Hollywood and Bollywood by winning the prestigious Academy Award for Best Original Song and Best Original Music Score for Slumdog Millionaire.
As the Mozart of Madras, AR Rahman turns a year older today we bring you an exclusive list of AR Rahman’s top musical pieces.