Beloved Indian film composer, producer, and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman is one of his country's most influential and decorated musicians, enjoying success both at home and abroad for his soundtrack and background score work. A two-time Oscar and Grammy Award winner, the supremely talented Rahman has earned the nickname "the Mozart of Madras," and his electronica influenced compositions for both Bollywood and Hollywood blockbusters have made him one of the most respected film composers in the world. Fans at his live shows are treated to an experience as breathtaking as the music itself as Rahman delivers career-spanning sets that range from his early Bollywood soundtrack work to later cinematic masterpieces like his award-winning score for the hit 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire.
A.R. Rahman, a.k.a. Allah-Rakha Rahman, was born to a musical family in the Indian city of Chennai. He gained his first musical experience playing keyboard in the studio of his father, who was a respected composer of Tamil and Malaysian film scores. By age nine Rahman was playing keyboard in bands, and at age 11 he began playing in the orchestra of Malaysian composer M.K. Arjunan. After receiving a degree in Western classical music from London's Trinity College of Music, he landed his first gig composing the soundtrack and score for the 1992 film Roja. The project was a critical and commercial success, and today it’s widely regarded as a benchmark work that revolutionized Indian film music by incorporating Western orchestral elements. Rahman continued to innovate throughout the '90s and '00s with an impressive series of acclaimed scores that drew influence from world music, electronica, and rock. His long list of awards and accolades includes numerous Indian film awards, two Grammy Awards, and a Best Original Score Oscar for 2008's Slumdog Millionaire. A talented and humble performer, Rahman continues to treat ticket buyers around the world to his beloved compositions on tour.