Rahman feels "happy and honoured" with Padma Bhushan win

Rahman feels "happy and honoured" with Padma Bhushan win

President Pratibha Patil presenting Padma Bhushan Award to music composer A R Rahman during the Padma Awards 2010 function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

The maestro was awarded the Padma Bhushan by President Pratibha Patil in the ceremony today which also saw actor Aamir Khan become the youngest recipient of the honour.

"I am happy and deeply honoured," the 44-year-old musician who brought glory to the country with his double Oscar win and then brought home two Grammies earlier this year, told PTI.

Rahman's mother Kareema Begum shuns publicity but has been at the artiste's side throughout his rise to stardom and the music for many of his films including 'Rangeela' and 'Yuvraaj' were launched by her.

Known as the 'Mozart of Madras', Rahman created history last year when he won two Oscars for his composition in the Danny Boyle film "Slumdog Millionaire", a first for an Indian.

His composition 'Na Na' was again shortlisted for an Oscar in the 'Best Original Song' category this year, but he failed to receive a nomination. The disappointment came just a day after Rahman's golden run at the 52nd Grammy Awards, where he bagged two gramophones for his music in "Slumdog..".

The artiste is currently preparing for his much awaited 'Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home' World Tour, which will kickstart from June 11 in New York and travel to over 20 major arenas and cities worldwide.

Well-known choreographer-director Amy Tinkham, who has worked on the live musical concerts for pop icons like Paul McCartney, Madonna, Britney Spears, Dixie Chicks and Motley Crue, has teamed up for the tour.

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