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>Rahman at Oscars – Proud Indians – Praying Pakistanis

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Mona Parthsarathi New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI): Renowned Pakistani singers Ghulam Ali and Farida Khanum feel that Music Maestro A R Rahman deserves an Oscar for his music in “Slumdog Millionaire”. “I pray from the depth of my heart that he wins Oscar.

It will be a proud and historic moment not only for India but the whole music fraternity,” Farida Khanum told PTI from Lahore. Rahman is nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for his numbers “Jai ho” and “O saya” in the rags-to-riches dram about a Mumbai slumdweller, which is also vying for Best Film and Best Director awards at the Oscars.

The composer has already bagged a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Satellite Award, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association award for his music in the film. “Rahman is rendering music from the age of 16.

He understood Sur from a different perspective and came up with unique style. God has been graceful to him and you feel divinity in his Sufism oriented songs like Hazi Ali and Khwaza mere Khawaza,” the Ghazal singer said.

3 songs of A.R. Rehman on the Oscar list

It’s a double celebration time for music director A R Rehman as he will celebrate his birthday with the pleasure of being selected in Oscar’s short list. Three of his songs have made it to the Oscars short list of 56 songs.

�Khalabali� and �Lukka Chuppi� from Rang De Basanti and �Chan-Chan� from Water have been short listed for the 56 songs on the Oscar list. Lagaan’s music, however, has been eluded from the Oscar, something on which Rehman had more hopes.

Rehman will turn 41 in coming January. He shares his birthday with his son, who will turn four on the same day. Rehman feels honored that 3 of his songs have been selected from the 56 songs on the list. He added that the global approach towards Indian films and music has changed.

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