Bollywood music composer AR Rahman did the country proud by winning the Best Composer award at the recently concluded 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards 2009. The award was given to Rahman for his work in the movie Slumdog Millionaire which swept the event with as many as five awards.

The movie, set in the terror-hit city of Mumbai, won five awards, including best picture, director (Danny Boyle) and writer (Simon Beaufoy). It solidifies its status as an Oscar frontrunner ahead of the January 22 nominations announcement.

Rahman has always been regarded as India’s best music person. The melody of his music is so sweet and peppy that rarely is a song by him which doesn’t get noticed by the general public. His version of Vande Mataram was a superhit, surpassing the popularity of the original National Song.

Rahman, who turned 43 two days ago, is also nominated for the Oscars in the same category. We hope that he will get the honour over there also.