Music maestro A R Rahman has been announced as the recipient of Grand Fukuoka Prize 2016.
Music maestro A R Rahman has been announced as the recipient of Grand Fukuoka Prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution to Asian culture through his music. As part of the ceremony, Rahman has been invited to the city to give a public lecture on “From the Heart: The World of A R Rahman’s Music”.
The 49-year-old Oscar-winning composer has been chosen for the honour alongside Philippines’ historian Ameth R Ocampo (Academic Prize) and Yasmeen Lari from Pakistan (Arts and Culture Prize) by the secretariat of Fukuoka prize committee.
The annual award, was established by Fukuoka City, Japan, in 1990 with an aim to honour the outstanding work of individuals, groups and organizations working to preserve and promote the unique and diverse culture of Asia. Rahman started his movie career with Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film “Roja”. Rahman’s first big break in Hindi cinema came with Ram Gopal Varma’s “Rangeela”.
He is now one of the most sought after composers in India with his brilliant compositions for films like “Bombay”, “Dil Se”, “Taal”, “Lagaan”, “Rang De Basanti”, “Delhi 6”, “Rockstar”, “Highway” and “Tamasha”. Rahman has carved an impressive career in Hollywood after composing “Jai Ho” for British director Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, which earned him two Academy awards and a Golden Globe trophy.
Previous winners from India include distinguished names such as sitar player Ravi Shankar, dancer Padma Subrahmanyam, historian Romila Thapar, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Ashish Nandy, Partha Chatterjee, Vandana Shiva, Nalini Malini and historian Ramachandra Guha. Other winners include Nobel laureates Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh) and Mo Yan (China).
Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman has stressed on the need of more distribution channels for Indian artistes abroad, saying that this will add to their popularity on foreign shores. The music maestro says that one can sing an English song, but it will “die its own death” if not distributed well.
“Till we have distribution of Indian artistes abroad, it’s (English music scenario for Indian artistes is) useless. I mean you can just do an English song and it will die its own death. It is unfortunate, where every kid wants to do an English song, but then where are you going to go till you have distribution,” Rahman said in a statement.