Street named after A R Rahman in Canada
It is a proud moment for India or we can say its a Diwali gift for all Indians. Oscar-winning and Jai Ho fame music composer A R Rahman has got a street named after him in Markham, Ontario, Canada. The 42-year-old singer was spotted holding the board having the street’s name that read ‘Allah-Rakha Rahman st’. He posted a picture of him holding the board and tweeted “Welcome to my street! (In Markham, ON, Canada).”
Rahman is one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists. When he was nine, Rahman accidentally played a tune on piano during his father’s recording for a film, which R. K. Shekhar later developed into a complete song, “Vellithen Kinnam Pol”, for the Malayalam film Penpada. His film career began in 1992, when he started Panchathan Record Inn, a music recording and mixing studio attached to the backyard of his house. Over time it would become the most advanced recording studio in India.
He is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. Described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. His extensive body of work for film and the stage earned him the nickname “the Mozart of Madras” and several Tamil commentators and fans have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (English: Music Storm). In 2009, Time placed Rahman in its list of World’s Most Influential People. The UK based World Music magazine Songlines named him one of ‘Tomorrow’s World Music Icons’ in August 2011.
Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities. He is married to Saira Banu and has three children, Khatija, Rahima, and Ameen.