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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Musicians in harmony shower Rahman with rhapsodies

The Hindu, 2nd March, 2009

“God just had selected me to collect this on behalf of you all”

M.S.Viswanathan blessed Rahman with many more such awards Ilayaraja all praise for the feat of two Oscars in the same year

CHENNAI: To the scores of musicians, who extolled the musical talent of A.R.Rahman on Sunday, and to the rest of world, the Oscar-winner had just one thing to say: “Music is oneness.
Abusing each other in a music industry is unhealthy. I request my fans to stay away from degrading someone else’s composition because every work is worth its effort.”

As the audience, who were freezing the moments on cameras, looked up to hear more, he
continued: “This award belongs to every person in the musicindustry. God just had selected me to collect this on behalf of you all.”

A piercing applause rounded off the felicitation function for the Academy Award-winner that organised by the Cine Musicians’ Union.

Veteran Carnatic musician M. Balamurali Krishna, said the award was a recognition of Rahman’s musical creativity and hard work. Producer A.V.M. Saravanan recalled the chartbuster days of ‘Minsara Kanavu’ and the more-recent ‘Sivaji,’ composed by Rahman, and said both the musical albums played a major role in the movies’ success.

He expressed optimism that veterans in the film industry such as M.S.Viswanathan and Vaali will be honoured justly for their immense contribution to the industry.

Tracing the journey of music in Tamil films, Director K. Balachander said his Oscar took the Indian films to a global stage. Films like ‘Nayagan,’ ‘Devar Magan,’ ‘Lagaan,’ and‘Taare Zameen Par’ were not lucky enough to notch the Academy award simply because they were not in English, he said.

M.S.Viswanathan blessed Rahman with many more such awards and said the recognition was only a start for the Indian music industry. Music Director Ilayaraja spoke on the richness of Indian music, which has produced “world-class musicians who revolutionised the film music with their creativity.” “Musicians who have won more than one Oscars had their awards spaced out between a span of good many years. But Rahman made history by winning two awards in the same year,” he said.

Other composers, including Bharadwaj, Deva, S.A.Rajkumar, Harris Jeyaraj, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Devi Sri Prasad, and singers Janaki, Chitra and Mano participated.

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