A.R. Rahman real name is Allah Rakha Rahman. His birth name was A.S. Dileep Kumar. Born on 6th January, 1967 at Chennai. Later he changed his name to Allah Rakha Rahman whom we know as A. R. Rahman.

A. R. Rahman who had made history at a young age and later he did something which made India proud all over the world. He won the academy award. Rahman was born in a middle class family. His father RK Shekhar wasa film Composer and Conductor. He used to compose music for Tamil and Malayalam films. A. R. Rahman assisted his dad for some time. He used to play keyboard for him. But A. R. Rahman’s father died suddenly when he was quite young.

His mother Kasturi tried hard to make ends meet. Kasturi later changed her name to Kareema. He used to play music with his childhood friends percussionist Shiva Mani John Anthony Suresh Peters and Jojua Raja.


Real NameA. S. Dileep Kumar
Full Name Allah Rakha Rahman (Later Changed)
ProfessionSinger, Music Director
Date of Birth6 January, 1967
Age 54 (as in 2021)
Birth PlaceChennai, Tamil Nadu
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac Sign Capricorn

Family, Education and More

Martial StatusMarried
WifeSaira Banu
School Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School
CollegeMadras Christian College
Educational QualificationDegree in Western Classical Music

Favorite Things

Favorite AwardsRasam-Rice, Palak Paneer
Favorite Musician Mohammad Rafi
Favorite PlacesChennai, Mumbai, London

He knew how to play the piano, synthesizer harmonium and guitar. But he was especially interested in the synthesizer. It contains both music and technology. Master Dhanraj trained A. R. Rahman first. He was only 11 years old when he became a part of his orchestra. Later he also came in contact with great composers like MS Viswanathan, Illaiya raja, Ramesh Naidu and Raj Kothi.

He got a scholarship from Trinity college, London. And A. R. Rahman got a diploma in western music.. ..while completing his education at Chennai. “When the crazy bees buzz slowly.” “The wind blows over the flowers.” His family completely changed in 1984. His younger sister was very ill. And his mother was getting influenced by Sufism. And then he changed his religion. His mother became Kareema from Kasturi.

A.S. Dileep Kumar became Allah Rakha Rahman.He film career started in 1992. In the beginning he was working for Indian TV channels. He used to compose music for jingles and ad films. But in 1992 great film maker Mani Ratnam decided to do something new. And he approached A.R Rahman for his Tamil film ‘Roja‘.

Some Additional Facts about A.R Rahman

  • A.R Rahman was earlier known as A.S Dileep Kumar before he converted from Hinduism to Islam.
  • A.R Rahman Life is Very Difficult Because his Father Died When he is 9 Years Old.
  • His First Salary is 50 Rupees for Operating a Record Player.
  • Later in 2008, He Founded KM College of Music and Technology which was inaugurated by Mukesh Ambani.

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