Academy-award winner and renowned music composer A R Rahman voiced his thoughts over the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh which drew the media attention. On Saturday, Rahman said that he did not know Lankesh or her work but the ‘cruelty ‘ of her murder shocked him. He further added that he had no idea that his statement on Friday would create such a buzz in the social media, Indian Express reported.
According to Rahman, he came across the news when he was recording and was taken aback by the cruelty. “I didn’t know her. I saw the news in the middle of a recording and my musician heart was just shocked. We come from the nation of Gandhi. I was taken aback to see the cruelty, that something like that could take place in my country,” the music maestro said. Talking about India, Rahman said that the country is a perfect example to the world. ” I think we should compliment each other and find the next level of that faith rather than destroying it. Some of us are destroying it, ” Indian Express quoted Rahman saying.
On Saturday Rahman highlighted that he is proud of all the good things that is happening in the government at this of time but it is also important that we do not follow the footsteps of another country since we have a complex culture. When asked if artists should engage with politics, Rahman said, “We all should just shut up and keep quiet. We, the rich people, don’t get affected. The powerful in our country don’t get affected. But the poor, the innocent, get bashed up. They have equal rights. Lack of privilege doesn’t make them inferior, and we need to care for them. Artists should attain peace through their art forms.”
AR Rahman was attending the premiere of his upcoming film One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert Film on Thursday in Mumbai when he was asked to comment about the killing of the senior journalist. “I am so so sad about that. I hope these things don’t happen in India. If these things happen in India, then it is not my India. I want my India to be progressive and kind,” the Oscar winning composer said.