Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kerala government to honour Oscar winners with gold medals

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala government will accord a civic reception to music maestro A R Rahman, lyricist Gulzar and sound engineer Resul Pookutty, for their Oscar-winning feat for the film "Slumdog Millionaire" and present them gold medals.

Announcing a cabinet decision in this regard, chief minister V S Achuthanandan told reporters that the date for civic reception would be decided as per the award winners' convenience.

The government would present each of them a gold medal, he said.

The cabinet also congratulated Rahman, Pookutty and Gulzar for winning the coveted award.

Earlier in the day, the state assembly also congratulated Rahman, Gulzar and Pookutty.

Showering praises on Rahman, Assembly Speaker K Radhakrishnan said the musician has been able to create new waves in Indian film music at a very young age by dint of talent and dedication.

Keralites were elated to hear about the honour for Pookutty as he is the first Malayali to win the paramount award of the film world, he said.

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