new Delhi: Music maestro AR Rahman lost his mother Karima Begum due to illness. He breathed his last in Chennai today. Rahman was only nine years old when his father passed away and was reared by his mother. The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ musician was very close to his mother and also mentioned her in his Oscar-winning speech.
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AR Rahman shared a picture of his mother on his Twitter. The post was not accompanied by a text. Take a look at the tweet here.
Rahman’s mother Karima was a Hindu. Troubled by her husband’s illness, she visited various temples and churches, consulted various astrologers and holy men but no one could help her father live longer. After this he met a Sufi preacher who had a great influence on him. A few years after her husband’s death, the entire family converted to Islam and changed the name of Oscar-winning composer from Dilip Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman.
AR Rahman’s father, Rajagopala Kulasekhar Shekhar was also a very talented musician. Prior to his demise, he acted in more than 100 films, mainly in Malayalam films.
Meanwhile, Rahman started composing music for films with the Tamil film ‘Roja’ in the early 1990s. Initially, ‘Rang de Basanti’ musicians composed music for specific documentaries and jingles for commercials before setting foot in the film industry.
The ‘Bombay’ music composer is the recipient of 6 National Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Awards (Oscars) and many more. Rahman has also been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third largest civilian award in the country.
AR Rahman made his debut as a director and writer with the 2017 film ‘Le Musk’.
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