Dubai fest to fete Rahman

'Slumdog' composer world tour begins Dec. 9.

CHENNAI — Indian composer A.R. Rahman will receive a lifetime achievement honor at the 8th Dubai Film Festival.

Rahman won two Oscars and a BAFTA, Grammy and Golden Globe for his “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack. He also won multiple nominations for “127 Hours.”

Considered India’s pre-eminent composer, Rahman has scored more than 100 films in the Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Mandarin and Malayalam languages besides his work in Hollywood.

He is a part of supergroup Superheavy, the other members of which are Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Damien Marley.

Rahman has also worked with Craig Armstrong and Michael Bolton.

He has won India’s highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, an honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music and was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people in 2009.

Rahman’s latest release, the Bollywood musical “Rockstar” opened worldwide with $12.5 million last week.

Dubai fest chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “A. R. Rahman is an inspiration for countless musicians and composers, and has brought a fresh infusion of talent to the Indian film industry. Through his international foray, working with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, he demonstrated the power of music to cross all barriers and connect with a global audience.”

Veteran Egyptian thesp Gamil Ratib, whose credits include “Lawrence of Arabia,” will also receive a lifetime achievement award at the fest that runs Dec. 7-14.

Rahman’s second world tour in two years kicks off in Dubai Dec. 9.

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