AR Rahman turns 54: A look at the veteran composer's international discography

AR Rahman turns 54: A look at the veteran composer's international discography

AR Rahman turns 54: A look at the veteran composer's international discography

The son of a band composer for Tamil and Malayalam films, world-famous music composer AR Rahman celebrates his birthday on 6 January. The musician, who turns 54 this year, dropped out of school due to the untimely death of his father, and entered the world of music.

Named Dilip Kumar at birth, he later changed it to Rahman after converting to Islam. The ace composer made his debut in films by composing for Mani Ratnam's Roja in 1992, bagging several awards in the process.

The winner of an Oscar, as well as Grammy among other international accolades, the works of Rahman, has transcended geographic boundaries, becoming popular all across the world.

The soundtrack of Bombay, created by Rahman, not only was used by Deepa Mehta in Fire, but also featured in the 2005 Nicolas Cage film Lord of War. Rahman made his Bollywood debut with Ram Gopal Varma's Rangeela.

Southern superstar Mahesh Babu wished the legend on his birthday, tweeting, "Happy birthday @arrahman... Wishing you the best of health and happiness always!"