Tuesday, April 10, 2012


R.K.Sekhar was a Popular music composer of Malayalam and Tamil films.Before becoming an independent
music composer he was assistant of famous music director M.K.Arjunan.When  R.K.Sekhar started composing
of his own Arjunan Master (he is being lovingly called ) continued friendship with R.K.Sekhar.
R.K.Sekhar was a skillful instrumentalist and was possessing his own Piano,keyboard etc.His son A.S.Dileep
Kumar showed interest to play those musical instruments and father taught him to play some of them because
of the curiosity of the boy and his interest and skill to study and practice  them fast.
Once when A.S.Dilip Kumar was just nine years old his father noticed that the boy was playing a genuine
unique tune unknowingly on the piano.The boy was unaware that he composed a new tune.But the astonished
father utilized that tune for his Malayalam film 'Penpada' for a song 'Vellithen Kinnam Pol"  the lyrics written
by Bharanikkavu Siva Kumar.The credit of the song was received for R.K.Sekhar but the original composer
of it was A.S.Dilip Kumar who later became famous Internationally in several aspects as Music Composer,
song writer,record producer,singer, instrumentalist,philanthropist  and so on.
A.R.Rahman was born in Chennai on 6 January 1966 to parents R.K.Sekhar and Kasthuri.His father died
when he was only nine years old.The family had to lent  his musical instruments  to find money for a living.
A.R.Rahman worked with several  band groups during that period and also got trained in various musical instruments including key board,Guitar,Harmonium,Drums,synthesizer etc.At the age of eleven he worked with

his father's friend M.K.Arjunan in his troupe.Soon he got chance to work with other music composers like,M.S.Viswanathan,Ilayaraja etc.During that period he got a scholarship and studied under Trinity College
of Music,London and obtained degree in Western classical music.
The whole family members embraced Islam in 1989 and A.S.Dilip Kumar changed as Allah Rakha Rahman
when he was 23 years old.
In 1991 Mani Ratnam  the famous film maker offered him the music composing of his film 'Roja' and A.R.Rahman performed it fantastically beautiful so that it felt as a treat for the  ears of millions of people in
India.He got National Award for music Composing for that film.No other  music director received National award for his first film other than A.R.Rahman.From there on there was no turning back
and he was always in the right track till today.
A.R.Rahman changed the contemporary music style in his films and used a blend of Western and Indian classical music  with the magic he only knows.He started  his own recording and mixing studio 'Panchathan Record  Inn' in the background of his house in Chennai in 1992.
He has won two Academy Awards(Oscar),two Grammy Awards,Golden Globe and BAFTA  Awards.
He  got National award three more times in 1997 for film 'Minsara Kanavu' in 2002 for film 'Lagaan'
in 2003 for film 'Kannathil Muthamittal'. He received 25 Filmfare awards also.
He was given  honorary doctorate from  Aligarh Muslim University,Trinity College of music,Anna University
He received Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri as a recognition for his contribution to Indian Music.
He is also named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.
Now he has turned as an International Music Composer.

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