12 Most Iconic Song Of The Legendary Musician AR Rahman

Since starting a musical studio in his own back yard in the 1980s to winning the Academy Award for best soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, A.R. Rahman’s life story serves as a powerful source of inspiration.

Chotti Si Aasha - Roja

Mani Ratnam’s blockbuster 1992 film “Roja” introduced the world to Rahman.

Ishq Bina - Taal

This 1999 romantic drama was the first collaborative project between filmmaker Subhash Ghai and Rahman. The album won just about every music award possible in 1999.

Yeh Haseen Waadiyaan - Roja

A hit from AR Rahman's debut album, Yeh Haseen Waadiyaan has been a cult classic for decades. The song's Tamil version, Pudhu Vellai Mazhai, is another popular song from the album.

Tu Hi Re - Bombay

Tu Hi Re from the film Bombay is composed by AR Rahman and sung by Hariharan and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Like his debut album, Bombay features several classics by AR Rahman.

Khwaja Mere Khwaja - Jodhaa Akbar

This spiritual song brings AR Rahman's singing and composing prowess to the fore. Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodhaa Akbar is beautiful, powerful and a fan favorite for eternity.

Luka Chuppi - Rang De Basanti

The emotional song Luka Chuppi from Rang De Basanti was sung by legendary vocalist Lata Mangeshkar and composed by AR Rahman. The song struck a chord with music lovers, and it was even considered for an Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination.

Tere Bina - Guru

Tere Bina is a wonderful melodious composition by Rahman from Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Guru. Sung by Rahman, Murtuza Khan, Quadir Khan and Chinmayi, the song is dedicated to the memory of Pakistani qawwali singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Maa Tujhe Salaam (Vande Mataram)

A staple on Independence Day, Republic Day and other patriotic events every year, this song gives goosebumps every time it’s played, thanks to AR Rahman's unique voice and composition style.

Chaiyya Chaiyya - Dil Se

Mani Ratnam’s filmy genius with Rahman’s musical mastery, Chaiyya Chaiyya is iconic for many reasons. The song is sung by Sukhwinder Singh, and the unforgettable lyrics come from Gulzar. soulful melodies won Rahman yet another Filmfare Award for Best Musical Director.

Kun Faaya Kun - Rockstar

Kun Faaya Kun shares the soulful ethos of the song Khwaja Mera Khwaja. The exquisite qawwali track has been sung by talented singers like Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan, Nizami Brothers, and AR Rahman.

Chale Chalo - Lagaan

Chale Chalo is another song from Rahman that is filled with pride and patriotism. The lyrics by Javed Akhtar and vocals by AR Rahman and Srinivas are sure to fill the hearts of the listeners with love for the country.

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Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionaire

One of the most iconic songs of AR Rahman, Jai Ho brought Rahman global appreciation and critical acclaim. The song from the movie Slumdog Millionaire won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Chanda Re - Sapnay

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