AR Rahman’s mother Kareema Begum passed away in Chennai on Monday. The music maestro took to Twitter to share a picture of his mother without any caption on Monday afternoon.

AR Rahman’s mother Kareema Begum passes away; music composer shares picture

Singer Shankar Mahadevan took to Twitter to offer condolence to the grieving family. “We all know how much she has sacrificed in her life for you @arrahman .A big loss .. take care brother . May Amma’s soul rest in peace .I still remember how she prayed for me when I had a bad voice during our tour,” he tweeted.

Salim Merchant, Shekhar Kapur, Shreya Ghoshal among others also offered their condolences.

AR Rahman was raised by his mother after his father and music composer RO Sekhar died when he was just nine-years-old. In his old interviews, he had often said that it was his mother who first recognized and nurtured his musical gifts. He had also said that his popular patriotic song ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’ was actually written for his mother.