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Pakistani artistes pray for Rehman's win at Oscars

Renowned Pakistani singers Ghulam Ali and Farida Khanum feel that music maestro A R Rahman deserves an Oscar for his music in "Slumdog Millionaire".
PTI | By Mona Parthsarathi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2009 08:05 PM IST

Renowned Pakistani singers Ghulam Ali and Farida Khanum feel that music maestro A R Rahman deserves an Oscar for his music in "Slumdog Millionaire".

"I pray from the depth of my heart that he wins Oscar. It will be a proud and historic moment not only for India but the whole music fraternity," Farida Khanum told PTI from Lahore.

Rahman is nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for his numbers "Jai ho" and "O saya" in the rags-to-riches dram about a Mumbai slumdweller, which is also vying for Best Film and Best Director awards at the Oscars.

The composer has already bagged a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Satellite Award, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association award for his music in the film.

"Rahman is rendering music from the age of 16. He understood Sur from a different perspective and came up with unique style. God has been graceful to him and you feel divinity in his Sufism oriented songs like Hazi Ali and Khwaza mere Khawaza," the Ghazal singer said.

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