What Is A.R Rahman’s Original Name? Why Did He change?

Many do not know that musical maestro A.R Rahman’s original name was A.S Dileep Kumar.

He was born as Hindu but his change into Sufi Islam in the year 1989. However, there were many reasons behind his adoption of new name and religion

Read on as we reveal the real reason as well as the famous version which is publicized by many

A R Rahman
Via – muvila.com

The famous version of his new name and religion!

On the internet, there are many stories about his name change. Many media sites and publications covered one of the famous stories.

The common version showcased how his younger sister was ill. Also, how he believed in praying in mosques for her health and how he converted to Islam later.

The Real Story

We finally discovered the real story from the excerpts from a book called AR Rahman The Spirit of Music by Nasreen Munni Kabir.

He revealed in the same book that he never liked his name and at one time he met a Hindu astrologer as his mother wanted to consult him regarding his sister’s marriage.

One will not believe but this is true that his new name was given by Hindu astrologer. Yes that’s true he suggested names and he liked it and went on to get himself a new name.

Abdul Rahman and Abdul Rahim were the suggestions given by him. And he instantly liked the name, Rahman. And his mom suggested to finally go for the first name as Allah Rakha (Protected by God).

He denied the common notion that he was forced to convert to Islam or Sufism.

A R Rahman
Via – allmusic.com

He doesn’t like the other names and epithets as well

Moreover, A.R Rahman even doesn’t like to be addressed as Mozart of Madras or Beethoven of Bollywood. And he even doesn’t like to be called by his ‘old name’ as it takes him back to his old sad days!

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