Recently, India's most cherished and famous music composer A. R. Rahman was given a great honor in Canada. The City of Markham in Canada has gifted the Grammy Award winning music composer by naming one of the streets in the city as 'AR Rahman'. A. R. Rahman personally thanked Mayor Frank Scarpitti and the city of Markham through his Twitter handle by sharing a heartfelt message.
The tweet read, "Honoured and grateful for this recognition from @cityofmarkham and @frankscarpitti and the people of Canada 🇨🇦 🇮🇳 #arrahmanstreet #markham #canada #infinitelovearr #celebratingdiversity ". This is not the first time Rahman is getting a street named after him as back in 2013, the Oscar-winning music composer got a street named after him in Markham, Ontario, Canada with the board having the street's name reading 'Allah-Rakha Rahman St'.
Honoured and grateful for this recognition from @cityofmarkham and @frankscarpitti and the people of Canada 🇨🇦 🇮🇳 #arrahmanstreet #markham #canada #infinitelovearr #celebratingdiversity pic.twitter.com/rp9Df42CBi— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) August 29, 2022
His message of gratitude read, "I never imagined this in my life. I am very grateful to all of you, the Mayor of Markham, Canada (Frank Scarpitti), and counsellors, Indian Consulate General (Apoorva Srivastava) and the people of Canada. The name A.R. Rahman is not mine. It means merciful. The merciful is the quality of the common God we all have and one can only be the servant of merciful. So, let that name bring peace, prosperity, happiness and health to all people living in Canada. God bless you all. I want to thank my brothers and sisters of India for all the love. All the creative people who worked with me, gave me the inspiration to rise up and celebrate hundred years of cinema; with all the legends included. I am a very small drop in the ocean. I feel like this gives me immense responsibility to do much more and be inspiring; not to get tired and not to retire…yet. Even if I get tired I will remember that I have more things to do, more people to connect, more bridges to cross".
Meanwhile, on the work front, his work will feature in Mani Ratnam's magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan which is the first of two cinematic parts based on Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 novel of the same name. The film has been scheduled for a pan-Indian theatrical release worldwide on 30 September 2022. This highly anticipated has an ensemble cast consisting of actors such as Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman, and R. Parthiban.