ICYMI, AR Rahman recently sang at the Wembley concert in London. But that is not what is making news. Apparently a lot of Bollywood fans and Hindi-speaking gentry decided to walk out of the concert because they were miffed with Rahman. Why? Because he started singing Tamil songs.
The maestro or the Mozart of Madras as he is fondly called, has been receiving brickbats for his pro-Tamil bias.
It is disappointing when you pay for a service and they serve you in a different language. This is how we feel everyday in this country. pic.twitter.com/01ZXJNAuH5— padmanaban (@padmanabanv1) July 11, 2017
And the world is up in arms really with opposing viewpoints on Twitter. There is one that is now making heads turn on Twitter. This one from singer Chinmayi Sripaada. The singer took her opinion on the matter to Twitter and basically called out the so-called Rahman fans for their hypocrisy.
When Rahman sir wins 2 Oscars and creates history, he is "An Indian", but 7-8 Tamil gaane kya gaa liye aap naraaz hote ho. What yaar?— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 14, 2017
It is worthy to note that while Bollywood has been gifted with Rahman and his genius, his repertoire of work is not limited to only Hindi songs. Rahman, who is a Tamilian, started his career with the Tamil industry and has since then made music for different languages.
Chinmayi further goes on to make a very valid point, for those accusing Rahman of singing only 'Tamil' songs. She writes,
The show was called 'Netru Indru Naalai', had 65% Hindi songs (Set List is out there). Music knows no boundaries / language.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 14, 2017
In case we have all forgotten, we are a country that speaks different languages that are not 'Hindi', does that make us less of an Indian?
Chase the American dream, your kids can Spanish; Live in the UK that once colonised India - but cry foul when a when you hear Tamil songs— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) July 14, 2017
She rests her case with why this entire debate is so problematic right at the outset.
The only silver lining from the debate? Thank god, they called it 'Tamil' and not 'South Indian'.