With a token of expressing their gratitude for A.R. Rahman who has honored Tamil Film Industry across the globe, Tamil Cine Musicians’ Union took up the occasion of felicitating him. Speaking on the occasion, Rahman said ‘All my praises for my parents who sowed the seeds and I have reaped the harvest’. Also added that many websites have been making abusive comments comparing him with other music directors. But that shouldn’t be the traits of a good media. ‘It’s the aspiration for many musicians who immense talents and I’ve collected the awards on the behalf of them’ Rahman said who continued adding the same appraisals in Tamil ‘Ellam Pugalum Iraivan Oruvanuke’… Finally, he said that if musicians of Ancient India like Naushad didn’t won Oscars, it was all about the fact that they weren’t interested in bagging them.
Maestro Ilayaraja on his turn said, ‘there are only a few who possess immense talent and still go on to make it big. Rahman is a phenomenal musician. He added, ‘If MSV is Athara Sruthi, I am Panchamam and Rahman is Panchamam’.
Rahman made every Tamilian proud winning two Oscars in one year, he added. On his part, veteran director K Balachandar, who first introduced Rahman in his home production Roja, directed by Maniratnam, and said, ‘Rahman is a rare genius. When other music composers make castles with their music, Rahman builds monuments’.
Earlier, speakers including veteran music composers M S Viswanathan, producer A V M Saravanan, and playback singer S Janaki spoke. Ilayaraja presented Rahman with a golden chain while popular director Harris Jayaraj presented a golden ring to the Mozart of Madras. The function was hosted by by S A Rajkumar and Abu Gabriel of the musicians trust.
Among those who took part included Shankar Ganesh, Deva, Srikanth Deva, Yuvanshankar Raja, Karthik Raja, Vijay Anthony, D Imman, T M Soundararajan, L R Eswari, Karthi, Chinmayi, Thippu, Chitra, Swarnalatha,Mano, drummer Shivamani among others….