Internationally renowned music composer A R Rahman was honoured with the Crystal Award of the World Economic Forum at opening ceremony of its annual meet in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday being attended by 2500 global leaders from business, government, art, culture and religion.
Rahman, 44, clad in embroidered black kurta, received the award which is given annually by the WEF to outstanding artists who use their talent not only for their own profession but also for social and charitable work.
While the WEF recognised Rahman for his music in Slumdog Millionaire and Bombay Dream, it took note of his association and work in welfare of children.
Accepting the award, the famous music composer, who has won several national and international awards, including the Gramy’s, said he gets “motivation” from the social work.
Jose Carreras, an opera artist from Barcelona, was also given the Crystal Award for his social work for the patients of leukemia.
The award function was attended by several heads of governments, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, top CEOs, religious leaders and academicians.
A strong 130-member delegation from India is attending the five-day annual WEF meet.