AR Rahman, composer, singer and music producer, who is best known for winning two Academy Awards, celebrates his birthday on January 6. Known for composing songs that encapsulate Indian classical with electronic and world music, he has also been recognised with two Grammys, a Golden Globe, six National Film Awards and fifteen Filmfare Awards. Rahman has also received seventeen Filmfare Awards South and the Padma Bhushan, which he received in 2010.
Rahman, who began his career with the 1992 film Roja, has also composed Rangeela, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero, Dil Se.., Rang De Basanti, Tamasha and others.
On AR Rahman's birthday, here's looking at five of his compositions one must listen to:
Agar Tum Saath Ho
The song from Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer Tamasha, released in 2015, has been composed by A R Rahman. The song has been sung by Arijit Singh and Alka Yagnik and delves into heartbreak and separation. The song is known for its lyrics and composition.
Composed by A R Rahman, the song from 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire received Oscar for Best Original Song during the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. The upbeat song was sung by A R Rahman, Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash. The film Slumdog Millionaire starred Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Imran Hasnee and Mahesh.
Kehna Hi Kya
The rhythmic song from the 1995 film Bombay directed by Mani Ratnam is sung by A R Rahman and K S Chithra. The song has been picturised on Arvind Swami and Manisha Koirala. The composition of songs in the film, Bombay, earned Rahman his fourth consecutive Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil).
The song from Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala and Preity Zinta starrer 1998 film Dil Se is composed by A R Rahman and written by Gulzar. The song has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. Based on Sufi music and Urdu poetry, in the song Shah Rukh is seen dancing with Malaika Arora on a moving train.
The song from the film Rang De Basanti featuring an ensemble cast of Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni, and Alice Patten, was composed by A R Rahman with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi. The song featured veteran Lata Mangeshkar and A R Rahman. The composition, which was considered for an Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination, was about a mother losing her son.
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