A.R. Rehman is celebrating his 49th Birthday Today!

A.R. Rehman turns 49 today. Here are some facts about him, that all his fans should know.

A.R. Rahman is one of the most versatile music marvels and is the first Asian to win two Oscars in a year. With his captivating performances, he has stolen many hearts around the world. Today, he turns 49.

Here are some facts about him:

1.    Better known forredefining contemporary Indian music, A.R. Rahman was born as A.S. Dileep Kumar

2.    Because of his poorattendance, Rahman was asked to leave school at the age of 15

3.    At a very youngage, he mastered the use of keyboard, piano, synthesiser, harmonium, and guitar

4.    He began playing inthe orchestra of Malayalam composer M.K. Arjunan, at the age of 11

5.    He soon beganworking with other composers, such as M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, RameshNaidu and Raj-Koti

6.    He even accompaniedZakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours

7.    It was his sister'sillness that introduced Rahman to Qadiri Islam in the year 1984. It is alsowhen he changed his name to Allah Rakha Rahman. He was only 23 years old, thattime

8.    Before choosing acareer in music, Rahman wanted to become a Computer Engineer

9.    Roja was not thefirst movie he composed for. His first film was Yodha

10. He also featured inTime Magazine's list of World's Most Influential People in 2009

11. A street was namedin his honour in Markham, Ontario, Canada in November 2013

12. He has alsocomposed for Hollywood movies such as Warriors of Heaven and Earth, SlumdogMillionaire, 127 Hours, Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred-Foot Journey.