A. R. Rahman Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Family, & More

A. R. Rahman the illustrious talent from India, is a multi-faceted artist with an awe-inspiring array of accomplishments to his name. As a composer, singer, songwriter, music producer, musician, and multi-instrumentalist, he has left an indelible mark on the world of music and entertainment. Not only is he a visionary artist, but he is also a compassionate philanthropist, actively contributing to causes close to his heart.

A. R. Rahman Biography

At the tender age of 11, AR Rahman’s extraordinary journey in the world of music began when he joined the troupe of the eminent South Indian composer, Ilaiyaraaja. This early exposure to the world of music laid the foundation for his prodigious talent and set him on a path to greatness.

With an unparalleled ability to blend Eastern and Western musical influences, AR Rahman’s spiritual music has transcended borders and brought cultures closer together. His compositions resonate with a profound sense of harmony and spiritual depth, touching the hearts of audiences across the globe.

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A. R. Rahman Picture

Personal Information

Full Name Allah Rakha Rahman
Nickname AKA Isai Puyal, The Mozart of Madras
DOB (Date of Birth) 6 January 1967
Age 56 Years
Birthplace Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Hometown Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Religion Islam (converted from Hinduism)


School Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, Chennai
College/  University Madras Christian College, Chennai
Trinity College of Music, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Qualification Degree in Western Classical Music

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches  5’ 5”
Meter 1.65 m
Centimeters 165 cm
Weight  70 kg, 154 lbs
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Body Measurements N/A

Family Information

Father Name R. K. Shekhar
Mother Name Kareema Beegum
Sibling Sisters- A. R. Reihana, Fathima Rafiq and Ishrath Qadri
Marital Status Married
Wife Saira Banu
Children Daughter- Khatija, Rahima
Son- Ameen


Girlfriend N/A


Profession Music Director, Singer
Net Worth 163 crores


Color Black
Food Palak Paneer, Rasam-Rice
Actors/Actress Kareena Kapoor,  Amitabh Bachchan
Musician(s) Ilayaraja, Mohammad Rafi, Michael Jackson
Hobbies Reading
Destination Chennai, Mumbai, London
Movie Guide (1965)
A. R. Rahman Childhood Picture
A. R. Rahman Childhood Picture
A. R. Rahman Young Age Picture
A. R. Rahman Young Age Picture
A. R. Rahman Family Picture
A. R. Rahman Family Picture
A. R. Rahman with his WIfe (Saira Banu)
A. R. Rahman with his wife (Saira Banu)

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A. R. Rahman Mother (Kareema Beegum)
A. R. Rahman Mother (Kareema Beegum)
A. R. Rahman Sister (A. R. Reihana)
A. R. Rahman Sister (A. R. Reihana)
A. R. Rahman Sister (Fathima Rafiq)
A. R. Rahman Sister (Fathima Rafiq)


AR Rahman’s family background is deeply intertwined with the world of music and artistic expression. His father, R. K. Shekhar, hailed from a talented Mudaliar family and was a renowned film score composer and conductor, with a notable body of work in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. R. K. Shekhar’s contributions to the world of music undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping AR Rahman’s musical journey.


He was born A. S. Dileep Kumar in Madras, Tamil Nadu, on 6 January 1967. Now he is 56 years old.


AR Rahman’s educational journey played a crucial role in shaping his exceptional musical talents. He received his schooling from Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan, an esteemed institution in Chennai, India. During his time at the school, he likely honed his musical skills and passion, laying the foundation for his future success in the music industry.

Wife & Children

AR Rahman married Saira Banu in 1995 and the couple gave birth to three children– Khateeja Rahman (daughter), Rahima Rahman (daughter), and A.R. Ameen (son).

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R. Rahman’s illustrious career in the world of music commenced with his involvement in a band named Roots, where he honed his musical talents and explored his passion for creating soul-stirring melodies. During the years 1984 to 1988, the band provided a platform for Rahman to showcase his creativity and lay the groundwork for his future endeavors.

In the initial stages of his career, A. R. Rahman ventured into the realm of composing music jingles for advertisements, crafting captivating tunes for Indian television channels, and lending his musical brilliance to score documentaries and various other projects. These early ventures allowed him to showcase his versatility and solidify his position as a gifted composer and musician. A turning point in Rahman’s career came in 1992 when renowned director Mani Ratnam approached him to compose the score and soundtrack for the Tamil film “Roja.” This collaboration proved to be a game-changer, as the music of “Roja” garnered widespread acclaim and captured the hearts of audiences, catapulting Rahman to fame and establishing him as a sought-after composer in the Indian film industry.

Award List


  • Best Film Music for the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009


  • Awadh Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 2001
  • Kalaimamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1995
  • National Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2004
  • Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2010
  • Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2000

Academy Awards

  • Best Original Score and Best Original Song for the song “Jai Ho” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009


  • Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for the song “Jai Ho” of the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009

Film fare

  • Best Music Director for the movie “Kaatru Veliyidai” in 2017
  • Best Music Director for the movie “Kannathil Muthamittal” in 2002
  • Best Music Director for the movie “Lagaan” in 2001
  • Best Music Director for the movie “Minsara Kanavuin” in 1996
  • Best Music Director for the movie “Mom” in 2017
  • Best Music Director for the movie “Roja” in 1992

Net Worth

His net worth is 163 crores, a testament to his remarkable achievements and contributions to the world of music.

Producer, Writer and Director

A complete producer, writer and director list of actor  A.R. Rahman is given below the table.

Year Title
2022 Le Musk
2021 99 Songs
2020 Atkan Chatkan

Film List

A complete film list of actor A.R. Rahman.

Title Language
Aaraattu – 2022 Malayalam
Kadhal Virus – 2002 Tamil
Vigil – 2019 Tamil

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