Oscar-winning musician A.R. Rahman was May 5 conferred with his first American honorary doctorate by Miami University’s 173rd annual commencement ceremony held at Yager Stadium here.
For the first time, Miami University streamed the commencement ceremony live on the Web, making it viewable worldwide.
It is Rahman’s fourth doctorate, since he was previously honored by Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University and Middlesex University in the UK.
The music composer said he was “extremely thankful” as he addressed a gathering of over 15,000 students. “I wish to thank a few people who have made a significant impact in my life: My father and mother have anchored me with good values; then Mani Ratnam, who is India’s noted filmmaker, gave me my first break in the world of cinema in the film ‘Roja,’” Rahman said in his address.
“My Sufi teachers opened my consciousness and helped me discover myself. People from all around India have embraced me and my music without any discrimination and today, I find the same spirit of acceptance in Hollywood.”
Rahman has been associated with the university for past 10 years and he had also assisted them in the creation of his KM Music Conservatory in Chennai.
Rahman is the winner of two Oscars, two Grammys, a Golden Globe and the BAFTA award for his music in “Slumdog Millionaire.”