Legendary Oscar winning Indian music composer A R Rahman has been announced as the recipient of Grand Fukuoka Prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution to Asian culture through his music.
The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990 by the city of Fukuoka, Japan and the Yokatopia Foundation to honor the outstanding work of individuals and organizations to preserve and promote the unique and diverse cultures of Asia.
Rahman has music credits for major Indian films including Roja, Bombay, Dil Se, Taal, Raavan, Yuvraaj, Rockstar and Rang de Basanti, as well as Western and Hollywood titles including “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “127 Hours” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”
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 a) bold fusion of traditional South Asian, classical Western and popular contemporary American hip-hop and other music.”
Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, danseuse Padma Subrahmanyam, historian Romila Thapar, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Ashis Nandy, Partha Chatterjee, Vandana Shiva, Nalini Malini and historian Ramachandra Guha have received the award in the past.