of Madras A R Rahman has been honoured as the Indian
Icon at the Indian of the Year-2009 awards ceremony
organised by popular news channel NDTV.
Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan,
Rahman and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were amongst the
celebrities honoured at the awards ceremony.
The citation about the music
maestro read: "A R Rahman for ever changed Indian
popular music and after winning two Oscars and
several Grammys he is now a toast of world music.
His innovations first started with the film world
and then he soon set the standards and he is the
"His career may be rooted in
the film industry but his musical roots are diverse
a great grounding in classical Carnatic music and
avid interest in Sufi music. In life Rahman is quiet
and shy and humble almost a recluse but in music he
breaks all barriers. A R Rahman a true icon is today
the king of music in India."