The noted Indian music composer A.R. Rahman was recently honoured with the Tamil Ratna Award by the New York based Tamil Sangam. He was honoured with this award after his concert at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) chamber to honour M.S. Subbulakshi, the doyen of the ‘Carnatic’ music.
Interestingly, Rahman became the second Indian artiste after legendary Carnatic music vocalist M S Subbulakshmi to perform at the UN General Assembly hall on the occasion of India's 70th Independence Day celebrations. The concert was sponsored by India's UN Mission and Sankara Nethralaya, a Chennai-based charity devoted restoring vision through treatment and medical education and research.
Presenting the award after Rahman's concert at the United Nations General Assembly chamber, Sangam president Prakash Swamy said the double Oscar and double Grammy winner is "an embodiment of peace, humility and charity".
The previous recipients of Tamil Ratna Award include Bharatha Natyam exponent Kamala Lakshman, Tamil movie director Bharathi Raja and mathematician Srinivasa Varadhan.
A.R. Rahman (full name Allah-Rakha Rahman) is one of the most globally popular Indian music icons. He is famously known as the Mozart of Madras. His work is well known and renowned for integrating the Eastern classical music with electronic music and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won several international awards such as the two Academy Awards (famously known as Oscars), two Grammy Awards, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award.