A. R. Rahman Turns 50 Today!

The ‘Mozart of Madras’ who gave us hits like ‘Tu Hi Re’, ‘Chanda Re Chanda Re’, ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’, ‘Rang De Basanti', ‘Jai Ho’, and many more on turns 50 today! Hard to believe, right? A. R. Rahman hasn’t aged a day and his music is fresh as ever. He is one of the many Indian musicians who have made a mark globally and brought fame and recognition to India. His work is quintessential and is a beautiful blend of Indian classical, electronic, and world music. And every time he composes something new, it’s bound to leave a deep impression in the minds of his fans, and even after years of listening to his music, you can’t get enough of it. No wonder he has won around 126 awards so far for his compositions. And we are confident that he will win plenty more in the future.

So today, let’s look back and have a closer look at some of the prestigious awards won by A. R. Rahman. He really makes it look easy, but we all know how difficult it is. 

Did you know he has won four National Awards in the Best Music Direction category?
For these movies: Roja, Minsara Kanavu, Lagaan, and Kannathil Muthamittal.
His work was also recognized by the Government and states of India.

  • Kalaimamani (1995): This is awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu for making contributions to music.
  • Padma Shri (2000): This is the fourth highest civilian award, which is given by the Government of India.
  • Awadh Samman (2001): This award is given by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for exceptional and meritorious contribution in music.
  • National Lata Mangeshkar Award (2004): This award is given by the Government of Madhya Pradesh for making contributions to music.
  • Padma Bhushan (2010): This is the third highest civilian award which is given by the Government of India.

IIFA Awards
He won a total of 12 awards – seven in the Best Music Director category, three awards in the Best Background Score category, and two special awards – Outstanding Contribution by an Indian in International Cinema and IIFA Music Director of the Decade.  

Filmfare Awards
This award is considered to be the Oscars of Bollywood and south cinema. And A. R. Rahman has won a total of 30 Filmfare awards15 each in Bollywood and south. He has won this award for these categories – Filmfare R. D. Burman Award for New Music TalentBest Background Score, and Best Music Director.

A film that changed everything…
Thanks to Slumdog Millionaire, A. R. Rahman won many international awards. Ones that mere mortals could only dream of winning even once in a lifetime. But the maestro managed to win multiple awards. They are as follows:

BAFTA Awards – Best Film Music
Golden Globe Awards – Best Original Score
Grammy Awards

  • Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
  • Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Jai Ho)

Academy Awards

  • Best Original Score
  • Best Original Song shared with Gulzar for ‘Jai Ho’.

Is this inspiring or what?! We really wonder how A. R. Rahman must have displayed all these awards at home. We won't be surprised if he had an entire room(s) dedicated to his awards. 

Happy birthday, A. R. Rahman! And thank you for touching our lives with your music.

– Images designed by Utsav Patel.