AR Rahman’s terse reply to event organiser in US, “Don’t divide Indians”


Oscar-winning music director AR Rahman is a prime example of why the right-wing brigade’s agenda to malign Muslims in India is based on pure lies.

Photo: AR Rahman’s Facebook page

His famous song Maa Tujhe Salam, the musical tribute to India’s national song Vande Matram, had become so popular that it featured in the list of BBC’s top ten all-time famous tracks in 2003.

The legendary musician may be soft-spoken and a touch shy but when it comes to taking a stand on issues that affect India’s culture of unity in diversity, he’s never wasted time in doing away with political correctness. Reacting to the brutal murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru by the Hindutva goons last year, Rahman had famously said, “I am so sad about this. These kind of things don’t happen in India. This is not my India. I want India to be progressive and kind.”

Speaking to Janta Ka Reporter’s founder Rifat Jawaid, then with the BBC, the celebrated music composer had said just how much he loved India.

AR Rahman, who’s credited with revolutionising music in India, is currently on a tour in the US with his next stopover being Chicago. He posted a video of his chat with one of the organisers in the early hours of Friday morning. In the video, now deleted, Rahman was seen discussing the preparation of his gig with the woman organiser.

When asked about the audience response to his Friday night’s concert, the woman responded that they were ’50-50.’ An inquisitive Rahman asked, “50-50?” The woman explained that by 50-50, she meant ‘50% north Indians and 50% south Indians.’

This left Rahman visibly irked and he decided to lecture the woman on why she mustn’t be dividng Indians along the lines of their geographical locations. He said, “they wouldn’t be doing this in US for their people. Don’t divide them (Indians). It’s just Indians.”

Meanwhile, AR Rahman updated his Facebook page with more information about his upcoming concerts. He wrote, “Really excited Chicago and Houston .. See you this Friday & Saturday .. Time for those who have missed the tour to catch up?..come here ! We Love you !”

Rahman was recently in the news for his collaboration with Tabrez Noorani for the latter’s directorial debut, Love Sonia. Rahman, along with Brit-American singer Bishop Briggs, is recording a song for the film titled “I Am More”, which is penned by Rianjali, reported Mumbai Mirror.