Khatija Rahman, Musician, Director and Trustee at the A.R. Rahman Foundation

Khatija Rahman, Musician, Director and Trustee at the A.R. Rahman Foundation

Khatija Rahman is a vocalist and philanthropist based in Chennai, India. An advocate for freedom and peace, Rahman’s music reflects the best of humanity. Her 2020 single, “Farishton,” was a meditative number composed and produced by A.R. Rahman with lyrics by celebrated songwriter Munna Shaokath Ali. “Farishton” was Rahman’s appeal for a safe space where marginalised genders and identities thrive and exist. The music video for “Farishton” crossed a million views and was recognised at multiple global film festivals and received an honourable mention at the 2021 Los Angeles Film Awards. An important voice of her generation, Rahman was also a featured artist on Grammy Award-winning composer and environmentalist Ricky Kej’s 2020 song, “Iltaja,” a track that embodied the message and importance of sustainability. Rahman was also one of the vocalists on the 2021 song “Amna Bibi.” The track was a lullaby about kindness and compassion. She has also sung the critically acclaimed songs “Rock A Bye Baby” and “Kaayam” from the film albums Mimi and Iravin Nizhal. Rahman also lent her voice to A.R. Rahman’s powerful 2022 Tamizh anthem “Moopilla Thamizhe Thaaye” alongside myriad incredible artists. She is currently working on a music project titled Kuhu Kuhu. She has also been the recipient of numerous honours, including being deemed an
Inspirational Women Achiever by Inspirational Global Women’s Awards, and has received the Coastal Star Award by the Rotary Club of Chennai as well as the Trailblazer Award by Bhumi. Rahman has also spoken at distinguished platforms such as the UEF World Summit and TEFCON in recent years. She has been featured in prestigious publications such as Times of India, NDTV, Cosmopolitan, HT Brunch, The Quint, Brut and more. Khatija Rahman is also the director and trustee at the A.R. Rahman Foundation where she leads capacity-building and artistic research programmes alongside managing the Foundation’s daily operations. She started her philanthropic journey as a volunteer at the prominent Adyar Cancer Institute and Little Flower School for the Blind. Rahman holds a master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the premier B.S. Abdur Rahman College in Vandalur and is actively involved in spearheading projects that enable gender equity and empowerment, small businesses and cultural preservation. As an Acumen fellow, one of Rahman’s many objectives is to create a safe and unbiased space for women in the arts. A trailblazer and changemaker, Rahman is a veritable force of humanity in uncertain times.