Canada names Markham city after AR Rahman; music maestro says `I am a small drop in ocean’

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New Delhi:AR Rahman received another honor when Canada named Markham city after the Grammy-winning music maestro.

“Honoured and grateful for this recognition from @cityofmarkham and Frankcarpitti and the people of Canada #arrahmanstreet #markham #canada #infinitelovearr #celebratingdiversity. I never imagined this in my life. I am very grateful to all of you, the Mayor of Markham, Canada (Frank Scarpitti), counselors, the Indian Consulate General (Apoorva Srivastava), and the people of Canada,” Rahman said.

He said the name AR Rahman is not his. “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,” he said.

“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 with, more bridges to cross.”

In a career spanning almost three decades, the global icon has two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, two Grammy Awards, six National Film Awards, a Golden Globe, and 15 Filmfare Awards to his credit.

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