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A concert held by AR Rahman at the Wembley Stadium in London last week has had a very unexpected turn of events on social media, with several audience members criticising Rahman for playing Tamil songs as a part of the set list. Some disgruntled concert-goers apparently even walked out of  the performance halfway. The fact that Rahman himself is Tamil seems to have been completely ignored, as does the fact that the concert was titled 'Netru, Indru, Naalai.' And even though the "Mozart of Madras" performed several Hindi numbers, members of the North Indian community were upset for having to sit through the Tamil songs.

Music Aloud has posted the actual set list from the concert. The list has total 28 songs, out of which 16 are in Hindi and remaining 12 are in Tamil

Despite evidence of the list having more Hindi songs than Tamil, several fans felt cheated and took to Twitter to express their opinions, which were ignorant and mostly wrong, might I add.


This incident seems to be another step in the escalating North India-South Indian language divide.

A considerable portion of Indians seem to think that Hindi is our national language despite the fact that there is no decree that implies this. In a country that is known for its heterogeneity, where people speak over 800 languages, standing up against one of them seems a little hostile. Or does it? This hostility seems to exist only when it comes to languages that are spoken in the subcontinent. We can't listen to Kaadhalikkum Pennin for five minutes but we do have Despacito on repeat.

All those boycotting Rahman, a Tamilian for singing Tamilian songs, just take a good look at your playlist. Do you listen to Diljit Dosanjh's Punjabi songs? Or have you listened to Enrique in the past (P.S. He's Spanish)? Or even Psy; remember Gangam Style?

Hypocritical Much?


The deed, although taken casually, conveys a sense of premonition. North Indians feeling chagrined about the usage of South Indian languages is an abiding issue in country. Citizens from both poles of the country locked horns for a while on Twitter following the concert.

What happened to music having no language? Compartmentalising a musician who is preeminent to the entire music industry is not just a sign of hypocrisy but also reveals our intolerance and lack of acclimatisation.

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