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MUMBAI (Web Desk) – Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman is celebrating his 49th birthday today (Wednesday).

The legendary singer from India says he feels lucky that he’s not yet crossed the half century in age, and has thanked his well-wishers for prayers and affection.

Rahman, whose tunes are known nationally and internationally, took to Facebook to pen a post for his legions of fans.

“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,” Rahman posted on his page.

“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,” he added.

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Allah Rakha Rahman was born on 6 January 1967, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Rahman’s body of work for film and stage has given him the nickname of “the Mozart of Madras”, and Tamil commentators and fans call him Isai Puyal (English: the Musical Storm).

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In 2009, Time included Rahman on its list of the world’s most influential people.

With an in-house studio (Panchathan Record Inn in Chennai) Rahman’s film-scoring career began during the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja.

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Rahman has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for a number of causes and charities.

He won the Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Danny Boyle’s 2008 film “Slumdog Millionaire”.

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The musician, who has given hit tracks like “Tu hi re”, “Maa tujhe salaam” and “Urvasi urvasi”, has also won four National Awards.