Chennai: Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman, who turned 49 on Wednesday, thanked his fans for inspiring him to churn out "beautiful music" every year.
The musician pledged to make the world a beautiful place on his birthday. "To my dearest friends, fans, family and well-wishers... Thank you for your kind birthday wishes, prayers and affection. You inspire me to work harder and make even more beautiful music. Luckily, I am not yet 50. "May the Almighty keep us all united, keep our hearts pure and compassionate. Let us make the world a beautiful place with connected wisdom, love and care," Rahman posted on his Facebook page.
Rahman was born in Chennai on January 6, 1966 as S Dileep Kumar. The musical genius lost his musician father R K Sekar when he was only nine years and had to support the family.
Starting his career by composing ad jingles, Rahman was approached by Mani Ratnam to compose the score and soundtrack for his Tamil film "Roja". The music of the film became a hit, giving Rahman a Best Music Director trophy at the National Film Awards.
Rahman's first big break in Hindi film came with Ram Gopal Varma's "Rangeela". With the success of "Rangeela", Rahman did not have to look back as he found a huge fan following with his brilliant compositions for films like "Bombay", "Dil Se", "Taal", "Lagaan", "Rang De Basanti", "Delhi 6", "Rockstar" and "Highway" and "Tamasha" among others.