The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will honor Indian music composer AR Rahman with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rahman has won a huge array of awards previously, including two Grammys and two Oscars for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.
His award at DIFF, held from December 7 to 14, will see him become the festival’s youngest recipient of the prize. Past recipients include Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan and Oliver Stone. Among Rahman’s other scores are that of 127 Hours, which screened at last year’s festival, Bollywood releases such as Ghajini, Delhi-6 and the recent Rockstar, plus collaborations with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone and Michael Bolton.
An Honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, Rahman is a recipient of India’s high civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, and was named as one of the ‘World’s Most Influential People’ by Time in 2009. Credited with redefining Indian film music, Rahman’s soulful compositions blend the intricacies of Western and Indian classical with folk sounds, Qawwali and symphonic orchestral themes.
Rahman will also kick off his world tour with a concert in Dubai on December 9.
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