He was A.S.Dilip Kumar but now A.R.Rahman...
A. R. Rahman or Allah Rakha Rahman was born actually A. S. Dilip Kumar on the 6th of January 1967, in Madras (now Chennai), to a musically affluent Tamil Mudaliar family. The second of four children, he had three sisters Kanchana, Bala (now Talat) and Israth, Kanchana being elder and the other two younger. His father R.K. Sekhar was a composer, arranger and conductor in Malayalam movies and had worked with music directors like Salil Chowdhury and Devarajan. His mother was Kasthuri (now Kareema Begum). Dilip's baptism in music happened early in life. Dilip's earliest memories of the studio are with his father. On one of those visits, a music director Sudarshanamji found the four year old playing a tune on the harmonium to test his talent he covered the keys with a cloth, it made no difference for the little wizard. Dilip replayed the tune effortlessly. This impressed the music director who suggested that he be trained in music. Dilip started learning the piano at the tender age of four. He received his early training in music from Dhanrajji.
The secret behind this Genius is father's (R.K.Sekhar) music genes.. mother's love and the influence of popular music directors like MSV, Ramesh Naidu and Ilayaraja.
S.P.Bala Subrahmanyam (S.P.B), Balu, Mani
Super Play Back Singer of the Millinium
Is it possible for any one else ??? !!! other than our great SPB!!! the singer of the century, probably human race had not witnessed before, almost 40,000 songs in many different languages from Telugu to Punjabi,in many different ways to suit different characters,with so much melody no matter what language it is, no matter what time of the day it is,with so much ease no matter how complicated the song is,with fast grasping capability so much power and emotion to bring to life like, just one take and the song is done to it's perfection by the way he never had any formal training and yet his voice is just "mind blowing". He is beyond comparison... Even Oscar and Grammy are not enough to felicitate this Genius.
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