Renowned Indian music composer AR Rahman was on 30 May 2016 awarded with the Japan's Fukuoka prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution towards creating, preserving and showcasing South Asian traditional fusion music.
He will receive the award alongside Philippines’ historian Ameth R Ocampo and Pakistan's Yasmeen Lari.
For the year 2015, noted Indian Historian Ramchandra Guha was conferred with Fukuoka Prize in academic category.
Other honours conferred on AR Rahman abroad
• Rahman was also the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for his contributions to music.
• In 2009, for his Slumdog Millionaire score, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.
• He was also awarded with two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Original Song) at the 81st Academy Awards.
About Fukuoka prize
• The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation to honour the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.
• There are three prize categories : Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts & Culture Prize.
• Previous winners of Fukuoka Prize from India include sitar player Ravi Shankar, dancer Padma Subrahmanyam, historian Romila Thapar, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and historian Ramachandra Guha.
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