AR Rahman’s UK concert disappointed fans, 5 reasons which explain why you are ignorant if you were among them

Recently many fans of AR Rahman were disappointed with his performance when he performed at Wembley because his list didn't include many/ any hindi songs. So here are five reasons why you shouldn't be surprised by AR Rahman's set list, especially if you claim to be his fan.

Written by Priyanka Sundar | Published:July 13, 2017 9:33 pm
ar rahman, ar rahman photos, ar rahman pics, ar rahman oscar Twitterati erupted in support of and against the AR Rahman concert.

If you are one of the many clueless individuals on Twitter right now and are wondering how fans could ever come out of an AR Rahman concert unhappy, the Hindi-speaking community has made the impossible possible. #ssearena and #wembley are trending on Twitter as many fans of Mozart of Madras came out of the concert disappointed because the set list of the concert did not contain any/many Hindi songs depending on the person tweeting.

It doesn’t help that Hindi is being forced upon south Indians through new laws as it is the ‘National language’. So Twitterati erupted in support of and against the concert. The south Indian community, which doesn’t speak Hindi much (isn’t that the perception at least?) wonders how music lovers could be so biased. And the ensuing Twitter battle has left onlookers rolling on the floor in splits. So here are five reasons why you shouldn’t be surprised by AR Rahman’s set list, especially if you claim to be his fan.

1. The title Mozart of Madras was given to him by fans for his heart-touching music because the composer is from Madras, which is today’s Chennai. This happens to be the capital of Tamil Nadu where people speak Tamil.

2. If that wasn’t reason enough, the concert title was ‘Netru Indru Nalai’. Well, this means yesterday, today, tomorrow. The language is Tamil. Not just us, but Twitterati also wonder what the Hindi speaking people thought this meant. A complete set of memorable Hindi songs from his illustrious career?

3. Well, if that wasn’t convincing enough, one only has to look at his work. Roja, directed by Mani Ratnam (who also happens to south Indian) was AR Rahman’s debut album in film industry. It might be a popular movie in Hindi, but it is originally Tamil, which was dubbed in Hindi.

4. If you had been ignorant of all these, because it is ignorance if you didn’t know this, we are sure you watched the moment when AR Rahman was awarded the Oscar, or for that matter any award ceremony where he was given an award. He dedicates it to God by saying, “Ella Pugazhum Iraivanukke”. Google AR Rahman Oscar and you will spot it.

See what people wrote on Twitter about AR Rahman;s concert: 

5. And lastly, it is important to accept as fans of not just AR Rahman, but also music, that language is never a barrier. So whether AR Rahman sings “Dil Se Re” or “Kannire” – watching him perform live is an experience in itself.

You might have concluded that there were no Hindi songs performed at the concert. However, this musician is above all that. From “Kun Faya” – one of the most loved compositions to “Patakha Gudi” in Highway, there were quite a few tracks that were performed.

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    True indian
    Jul 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    where is my comments ? Why was it not posted ?
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      True indian
      Jul 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm
      What is Pakistani army and ISI is trying to divide india from outside these hindi people are doing this division from inside india.
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        True indian
        Jul 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm
        My Heart weeps that slowly the South Indians are pushed to become Second Class Citizens. Migrant in our own country
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          Akshay Basavaraju
          Jul 16, 2017 at 10:32 am
          People losing their mind over the author saying Hindi is national language, please read it again. She has mentioned that within quotes. Her only mistake she should have used double quotes. Bottom line, she is being sarcastic, provided you get it. Anyways its a sad state of affairs. This is what has been happening for last 60 years. Systematic brain washing of the 'Hindiwallahs' into thinking everyone should know Hindi. And systematic imposition of Hindi on non-hindi populace through the government instruments like Prasar Bharathi, Nationalized banks, Railways, Air India and the public sector units like HAL, BHEL, BEL, etc.,
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            Indian Skeptic
            Jul 16, 2017 at 5:12 am
            It doesn’t help that Hindi is being forced upon south Indians through new laws as it is the ‘National language’. - I'm from Eastern India and not a Hindi speaker. Only Tamil people have this inexplicable allergy towards other languages.There is NO law in India that says Hindi is national language. The author is misleading the people. Tamil people are culturally very sophisticated but at the same time they are parochial and chauvinist.
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              India
              Jul 15, 2017 at 12:40 am
              well we dont have to let a few rotten apples mess up everything. south or north we have to be one. i think this is one smart game of dice to divide and rule policy. lets be together. love all
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                Kathir Krishnamurthi
                Jul 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm
                Bimarus need to come out of deep ignorance they have dug themselves in. India has many languages that have longer spoken, music and literary history than Hindi
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                  Mahima Shree
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm
                  IF he sang 50 Tamil songs.. why is Rahman saying calling it Indian show ?.. ................... If its Indian show.. why sing 50 Tamil songs ... ?
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                    manikandan
                    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm
                    why PM Mr Modi talks only in hindi? and calling himself as Indian PM instead hindia PM? if we are in india not hindia why impose hindi on non- hindi state but no imposment of any of south indian language to North india?..by the way ARR sang 12 tamil song and 16 hindi song and concert name is "netru indru naalai"...seems u r just another hindi fanatic/ignorant
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                      raju
                      Jul 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm
                      Because Tamil is an Indian language.
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                        RR
                        Jul 14, 2017 at 7:08 pm
                        Pl have some general knowledge before commenting. Tamil is also Indian Language. If you think Hindi is the only language of India then India is nothing but BIMARU states.
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                          NK
                          Jul 14, 2017 at 7:59 pm
                          Why do you call yourself Indian when you are speaking Iran originated Pakistani Islamic origin language Hindi. Get lost with your double standards. India is not represent by Pakistani language speaking or their ugly language.
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                            Vijay Venkatesh
                            Jul 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm
                            50 5 minutes 250 minutes ~ 4 hours. Not likely. Tamil is not only an Indian language, it has a far older heritage than Hindi. Don't mind outrage, but please make it informed outrage. Both your math and language skills need work.
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                              Rahul
                              Jul 17, 2017 at 8:28 am
                              What an ? Tamil is indian launguage. Hindi is persian language , if you know persian language why did you go to Indian concert ??
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