The Legendary Music composer A R Rahman, 49, has an addition to his already vast collection of awards and honours. The Oscar-winning composer has been awarded with Japan's prestigious Fukuoka prize for his contribution towards creating, preserving and showcasing South Asian traditional fusion music.
The Oscar-winning musician was conferred with the prestigious award on Monday (30th May).
The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka, and the Yokatopia Foundation, to honour the outstanding work of individuals or organisations in preserving or creating Asian culture. There are three prize categories: Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts and Culture Prize. Last year, noted Indian Historian Ramchandra Guha was conferred with Fukuoka Prize in academic category.
Fukuoka Prize organizers said, "By his world-famous music, Mr. A. R. Rahman has opened up a new arena for film music, and has become a driving-force of this field to gain it a new recognition". He has received the award alongside Philippines' historian Ameth R Ocampo and Pakistan's Yasmeen Lari.
A four-time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Rahman has a total of 15 Filmfare Awards in his kitty. During mid-90’s, Rahman was the recipient of Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for his contributions to music.
In 2009, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Original Song, which he shared with Gulzar) for his Slumdog Millionaire score, at the 81st Academy Awards.
Previous recipients of the award from India include noted sitarist Ravi Shankar, traditional dancer Subrahmanyam, contemporary artist Nalini Malani, noted historian Romila Thapar, legendary sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and historian Ramachandra Guha.