Music composer AR Rahman has a Canadian street named after him in the city of Markham. The composer in a tweet thanked Mayor Frank Scarpitti, saying that he was humbled by the honor.
He wrote, “I never imagined this in my life. I am very grateful to all of you, the Mayor of Markham, Canada (Frank Scarpitti), and counselors, Indian Consulate General (Apoorva Srivastava) and the people of Canada.” Back in 2013, he had shared a picture of himself holding a board which read, ‘Allah Rakha Rahman st’.”
He went on to write, “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 the 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.”
Rahman began his career in films in the early 1990s and rose to fame after composing music for the hit Tamil film ‘Roja’. His next work will be filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, one of the most anticipated films of 2022. The Tamil film stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in dual roles and will release on September 20 with dubbed versions in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam languages.