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Hornbill Festival: Music Maestro AR Rahman to grace closing ceremony

Hornbill Festival: Music Maestro AR Rahman to grace closing ceremony
File Photo: AR Rahman performs at HWC Bhubaneswar, Odisha on November 27, 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Government of Odisha [CC BY 4.0 (] via Wikimedia Commons]

Morung Express News
Kohima | December 3


Music Maestro, AR Rahman will grace the closing ceremony of the 20th edition of the Hornbill Festival on December 10, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio announced on Tuesday.


Taking to Twitter to share the news, Rio posted: “Happy to announce that Dr. A.R Rahman  @arrahman will be the Guest Of Honour at the Closing Ceremony of #Nagaland #HornbillFestival2019...”


We look forward to having him at the Festival of Festivals, he added.


In reply, Rahman expressed his gratitude to Rio “for the honour.”


In August this year, Nagaland Chief Minister announced that the KM Music Conservatory (KMMC), established in 2008 by the AR Rahman Foundation, had been tasked as the Knowledge partner for Task Force For Music and Arts (TaFMA), Nagaland.


Rahman is the founder and principal of KMMC, touted as the first institution of its kind in India for Higher education offering a range of “part-time and full-time courses in Hindustani and Western classical music and music technology.”


A two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar), Rahman is popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music, noted his IMDb profile.


Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film soundtracks and albums across over half a dozen languages, it said.


The three-time national award winner is also a Grammy Award-winning musician.

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