Rahman, composer of countless Bollywood scores, won for his transporting soundscape in "Slumdog Millionaire," Danny Boyle's crowd-pleaser that is part potboiler, part fairy tale.
Rahman started writing music for Indian TV ads in the early '90s, eventually switching to film and composing dozens of soundtracks a year. In 2002, Andrew Lloyd Webber commissioned him to write the music for the play "Bombay Dreams," which ran in London's West End. Rahman also collaborated with London musician M.I.A. on the film's acclaimed soundtrack.