Mumbai: Academy Award winner, AR Rahman was graced with a special tribute during the 3rd Chevrolet Star Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) 2012 powered by LR Active, held recently in Mumbai. The act was dedicated to honor him for his contribution towards the Indian Music Industry over the last 20 years.
A surprise act for AR Rahman, the performance was showcased in the presence of India’s finest from the music and film fraternity. He received a standing ovation and was found visibly moved as he thanked his peers for their support. The honor was felicitated by none other than veteran Yash Chopra. The musical genius also received his first-ever award in the Best Singer Male category (along with Mohit Chauhan) for ‘Nadaan Parindey’ from Rockstar. The blockbuster movie walked away with 6 Awards leading in the Film music category.
Renowned singers like Alka Yagnik, Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Naresh Iyer, Mohit Chauhan, Chitra, Sonu Niigaam came together with a heart-warming performance to some of his chartbuster hits like ‘Dil Hai Chota Sa’, ‘Tu Hi Re’, ‘Chanda Re Chande Re’, ‘Mitwa’, ‘ Mehndi Hai Rachne Wali’, ‘Ru Ba Ru’, ‘Saathiya’, and ‘Sadda Haq’. It was a special evening and the highlight was when the act ended with a high-octane performance from all the singers on his internationally acclaimed ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire.
Yash Chopra said, “I am very happy and proud to present this to the most humble and simple man I have ever known, AR Rahman. In such a short span of time he has achieved the best. I am very proud to have worked with him on my upcoming project ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and wish him all the very best for the future.”
On this special ocassion, AR Rahman said, “I was hinted out about the tribute but I did not realize that this will create such a big nostalgia. I have learnt a lot from all these singers who have touched my heart today. I still remember the day of my first concert in 1996 when most of the singers who sang today, came to watch me. I am truly touched and I really thank GiMA for this. I am also equally excited to receive my first award as a singer today, and I would like to dedicate this to my wife.”