Ilayaraaja and A.R. Rahman had been panned by rival ecosystems for expressing political beliefs

Ilayaraaja and A.R. Rahman had been panned by rival ecosystems for expressing political beliefs

There is hardly any nook and nook in Tamil Nadu the place the music of Ilayaraaja and A.R. Rahman, wizards of two totally different generations, has not touched the hearts and souls of individuals even within the up to date world. It is unlikely it will change within the years to come, for such is the magic of their creations. Despite being part of folks’s lives in Tamil Nadu and past, in a span of a fortnight, the 2 award-winning musicians had been panned by rival ecosystems for expressing views of a political nature.

The sharper assaults had been directed at Ilayaraaja after he penned a foreword for the ebook Ambedkar & Modi: Reformer’s Ideas, Performer’s Implementation, evaluating and equating Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the daddy of the Indian Constitution B.R. Ambedkar. The ‘Isaignani’ (saint of music), who has largely remained politically aloof, noticed similarities within the two leaders saying they witnessed poverty and stifling social constructions from shut quarters and labored to dismantle them. “Both dreamt huge for India, however each are additionally sensible males who consider in motion reasonably than mere thought train,” he felt.

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There had been dignified responses from a piece together with politicians, which argued the comparability between the 2 leaders was “irrational” and “inappropriate” given the totally different pedestals on which Mr. Ambedkar and Mr. Modi had been positioned and the nature of their vastly various political contributions.

However, one other part was unsparing and took the criticism past political counter. The critics felt let down by the man, whose profession started on Communist platforms co-travelling along with his elder step-brother Pavalar Varadarajan. The latter, a comrade, was mentioned to have been hailed by former Kerala Chief Minister E.M.S. Namboodiripad for serving to the CPI win the Devikulam by-election in Kerala, staging propaganda songs with a teenaged Ilayaraaja, within the late Fifties. Digressing from the problem at hand, they faulted the musician for his inclination in following the footsteps of ‘Brahminical’ non secular gurus, whereas in search of to alienate himself from his Scheduled Caste roots. The Ilayaraaja’s Modi-praising foreword coincided with current summons issued to him from the Directorate General of GST Intelligence, giving them extra fodder for suspicion.

Top BJP leaders together with social gathering president J.P. Nadda misplaced no alternative in leaping to the maestro’s defence. State BJP president Okay. Annamalai sought conferment of the Bharat Ratna on the music composer. This invariably triggered fees that the social gathering was in search of to use the music director to additional its political trigger in Tamil Nadu, simply because it made an aborted try with famous person Rajinikanth.

A fortnight earlier, Mr. Rahman was embraced by the Dravidian and Left ideologues. Against the backdrop of Home Minister Amit Shah backing Hindi as a “link language” between States, he had put out a delicate tweet with a seemingly fashionable picture of Goddess Tamil highlighting the glory of Tamil and subsequently quipped “Tamil is the hyperlink language”. Certain right-leaning ideologues from inside and outdoors Tamil Nadu sought to assault Mr. Rahman, as prior to now when his daughter defended the burqa. He was accused of portraying Tamil goddess in a ‘darkish’ and ‘demonic’ kind however makes an attempt to orchestrate public opinion in opposition to this failed. The musician himself later burdened the necessity to forged folks of “color” in vital roles in movies to break stereotypes.

Ilayaraaja has not backed out from his reward for Mr. Modi or supplied any clarification. Instead, he used music to specific himself by tweeting one in every of his many hit compositions from a Rajinikanth-starrer, the verses of which translate into: “I cannot depart you; I cannot sleep in case you depart. I’ll sing for you…”


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