Achievements of Music Maestro : A. R. Rahman

A list of achievements, awards and honors that defines one of finest music star A.R Rahman.

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Starting his career in music industry as debut film composer with his melodious voice in Roja after being approached by its director Mani Ratnam, number of accomplishments he earned portrays the real 'King of Music'. 

The man of not only National but International recognition for its unique and soul emerging voice has created history by winning 2 Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for 'Jai Ho' out of the 8 Oscars that Slumdog won.

So here is list of awards and honors received by 'Mozart of Madras' :


  • Kalaimamani Award by Government of Tamil Nadu towards the contributions to music in the year 1995.
  • Padma Shri by Government of India which is the Fourth highest civilian award India in the year 2000.
  • Awadh Samman by Government of Uttar Pradesh towards exceptional and meritorious contribution in music in the year 2001.
  • National Lata Mangeshkar Award by Government of Madhya Pradesh towards Contributions to music in the year 2004.
  • Padma Bhushan Government of India which is the Third-Highest civilian award of India in year 2010.A R Rahman awards President Pratibha Patil presents the Padma Bhushan award to music composer A.R. Rahman during the presentation of the Padma Awards 2010 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Lifetime Achievement Awards : 

2009 – Honorary Doctorate from Anna University
2009 – Honorary Doctorate from Aligarh University
2009 – Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University
2010 – Padma Bhushan

A. R. Rahman honor A.R.Rahman – conferred honorary doctorate by Anna University


National  Film Awards 

  • National Film Award for Best Music Direction :
    1993 – Roja
    1997 – Minsaara Kanavu
    2002 – Lagaan  
    2003 – Kannathil Muthamittal

Filmfare Awards 

  • Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent (1995)
  • Filmfare Best Music Director Award :
    1996 – Rangeela
    1999 – Dil Se
    2000 – Taal
    2002 – Lagaan
    2003 – Saathiya
    2007 – Rang De Basanti
    2008 – Guru
    2009 – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
    2010 – Delhi 6
    2012 – Rockstar
  • Filmfare Best Background Score  :
    2003 – The Legend of Bhagat Singh
    2005 – Swades
    2008 – Guru
    2009 – Jodhaa Akbar

A. R. Rahman awards Best Music Direction for Saathiya and The Legend of Bhagat Singh 

Filmfare Awards South 

  • Filmfare Best Music Direction Award (Tamil) :
    1992 – Roja
    1993 – Gentleman
    1994 – Kadhalan
    1995 – Bombay
    1996 – kadhal Desam
    1997 – Minsaara Kanavu
    1998 – Jeans
    1999 – Mudhalvan
    2000 – Alaipayuthey
    2006 – Sillunu Oru Kadhal
    2007 – Sivaji: The Boss

International Indian Films Academy Awards (IIFA) 

  • IIFA Best Music Direction :
    2000 – Taal
    2002 – Lagaan
    2003 – Saathiya
    2007 – Rang De Basanti
    2008 – Guru
    2009 – Jodhaa Akbar
  • Special Awards :
    2008 – Outstanding contribution by an Indian in International Cinema
    2009 – IIFA Music Director of the Decade

A. R. Rahman awards A.R. Rahman poses with award for outstanding achievement by Indian in International Cinema and for best music direction for Barso Re (Guru)during 9th IIFA awards in Bangkok.

Tamil Nadu State Films Awards 

  • Best Music Direction :
    1992 – Roja
    1993 – Gentleman
    1994 – Kadhalan
    1996 – Minsaara Kanavu
    1999 – Sangamam


Academy Awards (Oscars) (United States)

2009 – Best Original Music Score – Slumdog Millionaire
2009 – Best Original Song – “Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire

A. R. Rahman awards

BAFTA Awards

2009 – Best Film Music – Slumdog Millionaire

Golden Globe Awards (United States)

2009 – Best Original Score– Slumdog Millionaire

A. R. Rahman awards AR Rahman Wins The Prestigious Golden Globe Award, he has become the first Indian to win the prestigious Golden Globe Award.

Grammy Awards

A. R. Rahman awards

2009 – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – Slumdog Millionaire
2009 – Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – “Jai Ho” – Slumdog Millionaire
Just Plain Folks Music Awards
2009 – * Just Plain Folks Music Award For Best Music Album – Varalaru

World Soundtrack Awards

2009 – Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film – Slumdog Millionaire

2011 – The Public Choice Award – 127 Hours
2017 – The Public Choice Award – Viceroy's House


Star Screen Awards

  • Best Non-film Album – Vande Mataram (Non-film category) – 1998
  • Best Music Direction :
    2000 – Taal
    2008 – Guru
    2009  – Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na
    2010 – Delhi-6
  • Best Background Music :
    2007 – Rang De Basanti
    2008 – Guru
    2009 – Jodhaa Akbar

Zee Cine Awards

  • Zee Cine Award Best Music Director :
    2000 – Taal
    2002 – Lagaan
    2003 – Saathiya
    2007 – Rang De Basanti
    2008 – Guru

MTV Awards

  • MTV Video Music Awards
    1999 – International Viewer’s Choice Awards (MTV India) – “Dil Se Re” – Dil Se
  • MTV Asia Awards
    2003 – MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India
  • MTV Immies
    2003 – Best Music Composer (Film Category) – “Saathiya” – Saathiya

Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA)

2007 – GIFA Award for Best Music – Rang De Basanti
2007 – GIFA Award for Best Background Music – Rang De Basanti.


  • By 2004, Rahman had sold more than 150 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, making him one of the top selling recording artists.
  • Time magazine has described him as "India's most prominent movie songwriter".
  • Rahman is consistently ranked among the highest-paid celebrities in India; he has been included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list eight consecutive times since 2012.
  • His name has also been included in the list of the 500 Most Influential Muslimsin the World, issued by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan.
  • Enthiran reached No. 1 in the iTunes Top 10 World Albums chart, making it the first Indian album to reach the spot.

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