Concert-goers furious at AR Rahman for performing Tamil songs and not enough in Hindi
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Concert-goers furious at AR Rahman for performing Tamil songs and not enough in Hindi

Music composer AR Rahman’s fans at this recent concert in Wembley, London are disappointed that he performed ‘not enough songs in Hindi’.

music Updated: Jul 18, 2017 16:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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AR Rahman fans expected more Hindi songs.(PTI)

Music lovers are demanding refunds after attending music composer AR Rahman’s concert in Wembley, London on July 8. The concert-goers walked out when he performed mostly his Tamil songs and not enough of his Hindi ones.

The angered fans, mostly North Indians, took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the Oscar-winner.

However, Twitter user @musicaloud tweeted that he was at the concert himself and the set list of songs had 16 Hindi songs and 12 in Tamil.

Rahman, who won the Oscar in 2009 for his work in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, accepted the award on stage with a speech in Tamil. He was born in Chennai and is also called the Mozart of Madras. He may be best known for his work in Bollywood films but he has also composed music for films in several other languages. His first project was the Tamil original, Roja.

Even Rahman’s concert was titled Netru Indru Naalai, Tamil for ‘yesterday, today, tomorrow.’

Several other fans of the musician flocked to his defence on Twitter and schooled those complaining how this is a classic example of ‘imposing Hindi’ on South Indians.

Not one to respond to controversies, Rahman has not reacted to any criticism yet.

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First Published: Jul 14, 2017 10:52 IST