Stop TB Partnership congratulates AR Rahman for his Oscar win

23 February 2009 - Geneva - Composer AR Rahman, a long-time TB advocate, was awarded two Oscars last night - one for the best music score and the other for the best song. Both were composed for the international hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, which also grabbed the Oscar for best motion picture.

"We are delighted to see Mr Rahman--who has campaigned far and wide to raise awareness about tuberculosis--receive this well-deserved recognition for his magnificent music," said Dr Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership.

The fast-paced music blends hip hop, Bollywood remix and pop. Rahman has said he mixed the sounds of new and old India to create the score. He is the first person from India to win two Oscars.