Disappointed Fans Walk Out Of AR Rahman’s London Concert As He Sang ‘Too Many’ Tamil Songs

3:46 pm 14 Jul, 2017


An evening which was supposed to be spent listening to the melodies by the musical genius AR Rahman turned sour when it suddenly became a battle between Hindi and Tamil speakers. The concert that took place at Wembley Stadium, London, saw the audience divided between Tamil speakers and non-Tamil speakers.

A concert titled ‘Netru, Indru, Naalai’ (Tamil for Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow) saw a mass walk out of non-Tamil speakers who couldn’t keep up with a number of Tamil songs sang during the concert. The disappointed audience took to Twitter to complain about the 16 Hindi songs played as compared to 12 Tamil ones which was apparently an unfair deal.

AR Rahman, known as the ‘Mozart of Madras’, started his career with the Tamil music industry, which happens to be his mother tongue as well. Some of the critically acclaimed and popular works come from the South Indian music industry. However, with significant hits in Bollywood, he is beloved by both industries.


The fans of Rahman polarized into the groups of Hindi and non-Hindi speakers to criticize and defend the concert respectively. The dialogues against and in favor of whether the number of Tamil songs sung by the maestro was fair are rampant on Twitter.


People have gone as far as calling out the organizers for false advertising and demanding a refund.


The Tamil-speaking users are giving arguments which echo the sentiments of South Indians struggling with Hindi being imposed on their culture.





The evening was dedicated to admire music and the artist irrespective of the language. However, the culturally tense social scenario has turned it into a Hindi vs Tamil battle, whereas, there could be people belonging to other nationalities who might know AR Rahman due to his popular Bollywood or Hollywood songs.



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