Oscar-Grammy winner A R Rahman has brought another laurel to the country. He has been selected for the prestigious Fukuoka Prize of Japan.
Established by Fukuoka City, Japan, in 1990, it as an award presented annually to honour the outstanding work of individuals, groups and organisations to preserve and promote the unique and diverse cultures of Asia.
The prize aims to foster and increase awareness of the value of Asian cultures, and to institute a broad framework for exchange and mutual learning among the people of Asia.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the inception of the Fukuoka Prize. “Over the last 26 years, we have had the privilege of presenting the Prize to 102 leading figures in their respective fields,” office-bearers of the committee said.
The prize will be given to Rahman at a grand function on September 16, 2016 at Fukuoka Symphony Hall, ACROS Fukuoka 1F. Besides receiving the prize, the ‘Mozart of Madras’ will also deliver a lecture.