Taking sides in the big AR Rahman controversy

Prakash Belawadi

Prakash Belawadi

MUMBAI-Priyanka Chopra termed the social media criticism of Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman for singing Tamil, and not Hindi, songs at a concert in London, "rude". The concert was held on 8th July at SSE Arena, Wembley in London.

And since some Hindi-speakers insist on being monolingual (except when it suits them), she peppered the tweets with some Hindi words as well. The Mozart of Madras apparently sang a few songs in Tamil at a concert named "Netru, Indru, Naalai". "We pay taxes but hear only Hindi in every aspect of life". "Music is all about love and harmony", she said. "That is rude. I don't have knowledge about it, so I can't comment further". Chinmayi's series of tweets also included an impassioned against the "Hindi Prachar Sabha": One of the concert-goers who complained claims that he has since been refunded.

According to the audiences, Just 1% of the concert was in Hindi and they had never seen so much disappointment among Rahman fans.

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The fans from North India were reportedly upset that Ramhan opted to perform mostly Tamil Song.

Mocking the Hindi-speaking crowd, stand-up comic Aravind SA did a wordplay on the line from Rahman's Academy Award- accepting speech, where he thanked The Almighty for his win.

They say music transcends all barriers but composer AR Rahman fan base is divided into Hindi & Tamil groups!

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