Double Oscar winning music composer A.R. Rahman has won the Grassroot Grammy for the soundtrack of the Tamil film Varalaru in the ‘Best Indian album’ category at the ‘2009 Just Plain Folks Music Award’ held in Nashville, US on 29 August. Music maestro Ilayaraja and popular Bengali band Krosswindz were also nominated in the same category. All that we can say is “Jai ho, Rahman!”
Rahman also won the third place in the ‘Best Indian Song’ category for ‘Innisai’ (radio mix) from the same film. Ilayaraja’s ‘Music Journey: Live in Italy’ was third in the ‘Best Indian album’ category. In the ‘Indian Classical and Traditional Album’ category, Shweta Jhaveri’s ‘Avishkar’ clinched the first position.
Just Plain Folks Music Awards is an international, large-scale, non-profit music awards programme hosted by the Just Plain Folks organization to recognize “the music made by the other 98% of the music world often ignored by the mainstream televised music awards shows.” This year, Just Plain Awards received 42,000 albums and 5,60,000 songs as entries from all over the world.