A R Rahman is married to Saira Banu and they have three children, Khadijah, Rahima and
Aameen. He has kept his family and private life well out of the media spotlight.
In 1992, Rahman began his own music recording and mixing studio attached to the
backyard of his house called the Panchathan Record Inn, which was developed into India's
most advanced recording studio. He initially composed music jingles for advertisements,
Indian Television channels and music scores in documentaries, among other
That same year, he landed director Mani Ratnam's Roja and won the Rajat Kamal
Award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards - the first time ever for a