A. R. Rahman’s six stellar tracks for the Tamil musical Minsara Kanavu (Electrifying Dreams) made them each successes on the Oscar-winner’s song sheet—featuring lyrics by poet Vairamuthu, songs like “Vennilavae” by singer Hariharan and “Strawberry Kanne” proved instant fan favourites. In the track “Thanga Thamarai”, the masked protagonist Arvind Swamy pursues his ladylove, a concept that endeared him to the viewers, with SP Balasubramaniam’s voice conveying the emotions of man intoxicated. (The film was dubbed and released in Hindi as Sapnay).
Born: January 6, 1967 in Chennai, India
Years Active: ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s
Since Roja hit movie screens in South India in 1992, A.R. Rahman has redefined the country’s widely popular film music. Generally regarded as the finest Indian film composer of his time (and certainly the most commercially successful), Rahman produced music for dozens of widescreen releases just during his first five years in the industry. He has worked with many of his country’s brightest music stars and a growing list of…