Allah Rakha Rahman (Tamil: அல்லா ரக்கா ரஹ்மான்; born 6 January 1966 as A. S. Dileep Kumar) is an Indian film composer, record producer, musician and singer. His film scoring career began in the early 1990s. He has won fourteen Filmfare Awards, eleven Filmfare Awards South, four National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe.
Rahman obtained a degree in western classical music from the Trinity College of Music in London, and set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record Inn at Chennai, arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios. Later by working in India's various film industries, international cinema and theatre, by 2009, Rahman had sold more than 300 million records of his film scores and soundtracks for over 100 film scores worldwide, making him one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists. In a career spanning two decades, Rahman has scored over 100 films worldwide garnering particular acclaim for redefining contemporary film music and contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has composed a variety of non-film music during his career.
Rahman has been described as India's most prominent and prolific film composer. His works are notable for integrating eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres, new technology and traditional orchestral arrangements. Time magazine has referred to him as the "Mozart of Madras" and several Tamil commentators have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (Tamil: இசைப் புயல்; English: Music Storm). In 2009, Time magazine placed Rahman in its list of World's Most Influential People.