Last Updated on January 3, 2022
Khatija Rahman is an Indian singer and music director who is famous for being the daughter of Indian music sensation A. R. Rahman.
Khatija Rahman was born on Sunday, 29 December 1996 (age 25 years; as of 2021) in Chennai, India. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. After completing her primary and secondary education from a convent school, she got herself enrolled at Stella Maris College, Chennai for pursuing higher education.
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Weight (approx.): 50 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Khatija Rahman was born to A. R. Rahman and Saira Banu. Khatija’s father is a legendary Indian singer and music sensation, and her mother is a homemaker.
Khatija Rahman has two younger siblings. Her sister, Raheema Rahman, and brother, A. R. Ameen, are both singers.
Khatija Rahman got engaged to Riyasdeen Mohamed Shaik in a private ceremony on 29 December 2021. Riyasdeen is an aspiring entrepreneur and a wizkid audio engineer.
Khatija Rahman made her singing debut with the song titled ‘Pudhiya Manidha’ for the Tamil-language science fiction action film ‘Enthiran’ a the age of just 14. She worked as a playback singer with a much-renowned music directory of India. She has assisted her father in directing music for several super hit songs.
Khatija Rahman is often dragged into controversies for her choice of clothing. She is always spotted wearing a hijab and burqa. In 2020, Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, physician, feminist, secular humanist, and activist, took to Twitter to troll Khatija Rahman for covering herself with burqa and hijab. She wrote,
I absolutely love A R Rahman’s music. But whenever I see his dear daughter, I feel suffocated. It is really depressing to learn that even educated women in a cultural family can get brainwashed very easily!”
Khatija Rahman strongly condemned the statement and replied to it by saying,
Dear Taslima Nasreen, I’m sorry you feel suffocated by my attire. Please get some fresh air, cause I don’t feel suffocated rather I’m proud and empowered for what I stand for. I suggest you google up what true feminism means because it isn’t bashing other women down nor bringing their fathers into the issue. I also don’t recall sending my photos to you for your perusal.
She further added,
Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness – Carson Kolhoff, To my dearest folks who seem suffocated. Please go and get some fresh air.”
Khatija Rahman’s fans strongly supported her during the controversy and she thanked her fans by posting a picture of blue sky with the caption,
I’m overwhelmed by the love and support I’ve got once again. Thank you all. I request you all not to abuse or make any hate speech against Ms Taslim. Let’s strive to become a broad-minded society in accepting the choices our fellow human beings make and let’s also remember Ms Taslim in our prayers and not judge her for the choices she’s made in life. Peace.”
- Khatija Rahman works closely with NGOs’s for Women empowerment and many other societies as well as environmental causes.
- Khatija Rahman has been featured on the covers of various popular magazines of India.