Monday, February 1, 2010

Golden boy Rahman does it again with double Grammy

Golden boy Rahman does it again with double Grammy (Lead)

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Indians went "Jai Ho" once again Monday when music maestro A R Rahman scored a double triumph at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, a year after winning two Oscars for the exuberant "Slumdog Millionaire" music.

The composer bagged the best compilation soundtrack for a motion picture and another one for "Jai Ho" for the best motion picture song at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

He won the award with veteran lyricist Gulzar and Tanvi Shah who wrote the Spanish lyrics for it.

"This is insane, god is great again," a beaming Rahman said after receiving the award at the biggest show in the music world. The other Indian contenders,
Zakir Hussain and Amjad Ali Khan, could not manage to win the golden gramophones.

"Insane eh? I never even dreamt about winning all these awards,"
Rahman posted on his Twitter page shortly after receiving the award.

Just a year ago, Rahman's music for "Slumdog Millionaire", a screen adaptation of Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup's novel "Q & A", had propelled him to the record books as India's first double Oscar winner.

Besides the Oscars and now the Grammys, the Chennai musician's composition for the film has also won him other prestigious international awards like the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (
BAFTA), Critics Choice Award and the Golden Globe.

The composer's sister Reihana said winning awards is now "a way of life" for her 44-year-old brother.

"It's a good start of the year. It was Rahman's birthday on Jan 6 and now he wins Grammys. It's a way of life now since he has won so many," Reihana told NDTV after her brother won the award.

"When he was going for the Golden Globes last year, he was doubtful about his win and so were we, but after he got that, it has been awards and awards for him, so we were quite sure that he will get the Grammy as well," she added.

The song was crooned by
Sukhvinder Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Vijay Prakash with support from Rahman and Shah.

Global honours may have come his way only since "Slumdog Millionaire", but the unassuming composer has been contributing to world music for quite a while. He composed music for the "The Lord of the Rings" theatre production, for instance, as well as for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Bombay Dreams".

His talent first came to the fore with "Roja" in 1992, and there has been no looking back since for the musician, who has just been awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award.

The accolades have not stopped.

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