1. Music composer AR Rahman says artists should ‘shut up’ on politics

Music composer AR Rahman says artists should ‘shut up’ on politics

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.

By: | Published: September 10, 2017 11:45 AM
A R Rahman, Music composer, AR Rahman Concert Film,  senior journalist killing, gauri lankesh murder, gauri lankesh, journalist murder On Saturday, Rahman said that he did not know Lankesh or her work but the ‘cruelty ‘ of her murder shocked him. (PTI)

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.

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    Rajangam Dhanuskodi
    Sep 11, 2017 at 10:42 am
    Music Maestro A.R. Rahman is 100 right when he says that when the rich and super-rich are not affected in anyway, only the poor bear the brunt of any attack. The ever-widening gap between the rich and poor is a matter of grave concern. Our freedom loving Democratic system is being misused by the self-centered politicians and ever scheming and profit oriented corporates. Recent example is that the Minister for Health in Tamil Nadu Mr. Vijaya Bhaskar's residence was raided and plenty of incriminating documents were seized by IT. His henchmen also forcefully snatched papers from the IT officials and threw it out of the compound, but despite registering FIR no action seems to have been taken against him. Recently he was found cheating Income Tax to the tune of Rs. 247/- Crore., but the IT said that this amount will be recovered with fine, but no penal action forhim for cheating IT Dept. He is still continuing as a Minister in the TN Government. What a shame. Democracy is shield for rich.
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