Guwahati: AR Rahman, the world-renowned musician needs no introduction. After presenting the country with timeless songs across languages, the composer went on to conquer the world with an Oscar Award for his song Jai Ho. Known as the “Mozart of Madras”, AR Rahman has been a favourite among fans for over 30 years now.
With Mani Ratnam’s Roja in 1992, AR Rahman proved in his debut album that he is here to stay.
Over the years, the musician has composed and sung songs of love, loss, devotion, camaraderie and patriotism. His voice and music have successfully transcended the boundaries of languages and cultures.
His major work was in Tamil and then he started out in the Hindi film industry. He was also the first recipient of the RD Burman award in 1995 that was bestowed by Filmfare on the most promising talent of the year.
Rahman, who has maintained a shy and introverted image for decades now, flourished when his music started to play. Apart from being the recipient of fifteen Filmfare Awards for his work in Hindi cinema and seventeen for his work down South, he has also won six National Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammys, one BAFTA and one Golden Glove Award. While his success and talent cannot be quantified, these accolades should be indicative of his stature in the global music industry.
With work that generations from now will study, AR Rahman is going to leave behind an unmatched legacy with his music, songs and his contribution to world cinema. As this maestro turns 55 today, we make the ultimate playlist for you of his finest songs ever. Take a look.