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The Indian composer hailed as the Mozart of Madras who has scored numerous films to critical acclaim.
- Born into a musically affluent family, Rahman used to assist his father during recordings and play keyboard for the Malayalam films he composed for.
- He studied under an influential teacher and multi-instrumentalist from India called Master Dhanraj and began working with other composers like Ramesh Naidu and M.S Viswanathan.
- When he was nine he accidentally played a tune on the piano during his father’s recording for a film, which was later developed into a complete song.
- In 1991, noted filmmaker Mani Ratnam offered Rahman a movie called Roja, which was a runaway success and brought nationwide fame and acclaim to the composer, winning him an Indian National Award for Best Music Composer.
- Following on from this success Rahman has gone on to win the National Award three more times, which is the most ever by any composer.
- In 2001 he was approached by Andrew Lloyd Webber to compose for his musical Bombay Dreams, which went on to run for 2 years and he also composed the score for the stage production of The Lord of the Rings.
- His music led him to be noticed internationally and he has scored tracks for several films including The Lord of War, Elizabeth – the Golden Age, Warriors of Heaven & Earth and Slumdog Millionaire.
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Rahman won over 15 awards for his work on Slumdog Millionaire which included two Grammys, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
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