Does A. R. Rahman smoke?: No.Does A. R. Rahman alcohol?: No.Rahman was known earlier known as A. S. Dileep Kumar before he converted from Hinduism to Islam.He had a difficult childhood as his father died when he was 9 years old, leaving him as the sole earning source of his family. Initially, he used to play his fathers keyboard to earn money. A. R. Rahmans Childhood Photo.He scored 62% in his board exams.He aspired to be a computer engineer.Following the footsteps of his father, he incepted his early training in music from Master Dhanraj.His first salary was 50 (INR) for operating a record player.From 1984-88, he was part of the band called Roots. During this period, he also played keyboard for 10 12 Kannada films. A. R. Rahman Roots Band.Later, he became part of a rock band called Nemesis Avenue, where he worked as producer-arranger and also performed for a concert Jive live. A. R. Rahman Nemesis Avenue Band.