Oscar-Grammy winner A R Rahman was honoured with another recognition on Saturday (May 5) night, as he was presented with an honorary doctorate from Miami University.
In his address, the ace music talent said he had never imagined the US President and his family sending him personally signed invitations to come over to the White House, getting a visa to come to the US, let alone coming over to share his love and music with Miami University and also getting his first American honorary doctorate
"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 film maker gave me my first break in the world of cinema in the film Roja," Rahman said.
He added: "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."