For tsunami hit villages of remote Karaikal region, A R Rahman bagging the Oscars was special as the musician had provided them the much needed healing touch with his performance after the 2004 natural calamity.
As soon as the news of the Oscar award for Rahman spread, children and youngsters in the villages gathered on streets and burst crackers and people performed prayers in temples on Monday.
"Rahman made all the Indians proud. We were sure that he would win Oscars. Our joy have no bounds. If we get a chance, we will try to meet him once he returns back to Chennai and share our happiness," said Senthil of Kottucherrymedu.
Four years ago, in the aftermath of tsunami attack, Rahman provided a healing touch to these people through his music. In a rare public appearance in July 2005, Rahman came calling the tsunami hit Kottucherrymedu village near Karaikal and enthralled the tsunami survivors with his music.
He spent nearly ten hours with the people. Thousands of tsunami survivors from about 11 fishing hamlets gathered at Kottucherrymedu to listen to his music.
Rahman had then said that he had come to the village on his own to bring happiness to the troubled hearts through music.