Music maestro and two-time Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman celebrates his 49th birthday on 6 January, 2016. Celebrities, including Lata Mangeshkar, KS Chitra, Dulquer Salmaan, Thaman S, Sujatha Mohan, Sonam Kapoor, Vikram Prabhu, Venkat Prabhu, Yami Gautam and Sonal Kulkarni, have wished the greatest Indian musician on his special day.
With wishes flooding in from all over the world, Rahman thanked everyone for making his day special and added that he feels lucky for not crossing the half century in age yet. "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, (sic)" AR Rahman posted on his Facebook page thanking for wishing him on his 49th birthday.
Meanwhile, some music videos dedicated as a birthday gift to Rahman have been doing the rounds on social media. It includes Voctronica's a-cappella medley "Evolution of A R Rahman" and Kerala's Maharaja's College students' group Muzart's "CafÃ© Qawwaali", which is a musical tribute to the legendary musician.
Rahman, who won the Academy Award in 2009 for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Danny Boyle's 2008 film "Slumdog Millionaire", is also a recipient of National Awards for best music director for the movies "Roja", "Minsara Kanavu", "Lagaan" and "Kannathil Muthamittal". He has also won two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and 15 Filmfare Awards, among many others.
Check out celebrity wishes below:
Happy birthday to the man who gave soul to two of my films !! @arrahman I'm your biggest fan!
Wishing the Great @arrahman sir a Happy Birthday
One of the highlights of 2015 for me was to be a part of a film that had music composed by the great maestro @arrahman! Happy Birthday sir !
Namaskar @arrahman ji. Aap ko janamdin ki bahut shubhkaamanayein. Aap ko sangeet mein aur yash prapti ho ye meri ishwar se prarthana.
'We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility' ! Wish you a very happy bday @arrahman sir !
Venkat Prabhu â€
A very happy birthday Saar!! God bless @arrahman
Sonali Kulkarni â€
Happy Bday @arrahman my inspirationmay u discover many creative breakthroughs! Best wishes my MAY MAADHAM composer
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday A.R. Rahman Sir! Thank you for always inspiring us with your beautiful music Jai Ho!
Happy Bday dearest Rahman â€ª#â€ŽARRâ€¬
Happy Birthday ARR!! Long live hero A true inspiration to millions!A.R. Rahman
Posted by K S Chithra on Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Many Many More Happy Returns to our Musical genius A.R.Rahman...!! Lots of love and prayers for ur success and great health â¤âœ¨
Happy Birthday A.R. RAHMAN Sir - The one & only Mozart of Madras, Isai Puyal.
â€” Shweta Mohan (@_ShwetaMohan_) January 6, 2016
A small wish to our dearest favourite musician A.R. Rahman sir..on his birthday...dis song is one of my personal all tym favourites...hope u guys will enjoy dis...a humble attempt..do listen...:)
Posted by Anju Joseph on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Watch birthday special music videos dedicated to AR Rahman below: