Guitar Prasanna is one of the most renowned musical artists to have emerged from the Indian subcontinent. He is a pioneer in performing the traditional Indian Classical Carnatic music on a modern electric guitar, and is known worldwide for that innovation. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for Carnatic music and was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Along with Pandit Ravishankar and A.R. Rahman, Prasanna is the only other Indian composer to have scored the music for an Oscar-winning film (Smile Pinki, 2009).