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Music maestro and Oscar-winner AR Rahman will be honored with Japan’s Grand Fukuoka Prize 2016 for his contribution to Asian culture, alongside Philippines’ historian Ameth R Ocampo and Pakistan’s Yasmeen Lari.

It is to recognize AR Rahman’s contribution to Asian culture through music, PTI reported. Ocampo has been chosen for the Academic Prize, while Lari for the award in the Arts and Culture section. Japan started conferring the annual award in 1990 to honor individuals, groups and organizations, whose work has had a significant influence in the preservation and promotion of the Asian culture.

The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation.

Last year, noted Indian historian Ramchandra Guha was conferred with Fukuoka Prize in academic category.

In 2009, for his score in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Original Song, the latter shared with Gulzar) at the 81st Academy Awards.

NDTV listed out the previous Indian recipients of the Fukuoka award: sitarist Ravi Shankar, dancer Padma Subrahmanyam, historian Romila Thapar, sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and historian Ramachandra Guha.

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