He didn’t have a godfather when he started out in the music industry. But once success touched Rahman’s life, the music maestro didn’t stop himself from giving back to the industry.

A R Rahman has been the route and reason for many talents, who’ve made a name for themselves in showbiz. Let’s take a look at the recent sensations who were introduced by the man himself:

1. Shashaa Tirupati

Shashaa Tirupati

Spotted by Rahman, she is currently known as the ‘Humma Humma’ girl, however, she rose to fame in 2013 after Kochadaiyyan and especially after the OK Kanmani song ‘Kaara Aattaakkaara’. Shashaa moved to India after abandoning her pre-medical course in Canada to pursue music full-time. However, she struggled to get recognition for quite a lot of years. The big break by Rahman completely changed her career.

2. Naresh Iyer

Naresh Iyer

He is one of those lucky singers, who got a call from A R Rahman’s office with an invite to make singing debut in Tamil film industry. Naresh Iyer rose to national fame with the Rang De Basanti song ‘Roobaroo’.

3. Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das

She flew from Bangalore to Chennai to pursue a career in singing. After her small acting stint in Shah Rukh and Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram, she got a call from Rahman to sing ‘Shakalaka Baby’ for the movie Mudhalvan and its Telugu version Okke Okkudu. Remember, the song where Sushmita Sen had made a guest appearance?

4. Mili Nair

Mili Nair

The ‘Meethi Boliyaan’ singer Mili was doing Jazz concerts till she got the opportunity to sing for A R Rahman. She worked on Mani Ratnam’s Raavanan, which was her first brush with playback singing.

5. Nooran Sisters

Nooran Sisters

They got their first break in Bollywood in the year 2014 with Imtiaz Ali’s Highway; thanks to the music maestro A.R Rahman. Patakha Guddi’s popularity made them bag big films like Sultan, Dangal and Jab Harry Met Sejal.

Rahman is not just known for giving newbies the dream debuts of their life, but on the personal front is as calm as water. “He never gets angry, never shouts, he is very calm and relaxed,” said music composer Deep Pradhan, alumni of Berkeley School Of Music, who worked under Rahman.

Rahman had once said in a press conference, that his father, R.K. Shekhar, was someone who still is a big source of inspiration for him, who promoted many musicians.

We guess the legacy still stands with Rahman.