Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, under fire from certain Tamil groups for agreeing to hold a musical concert in Canada’s Toronto city on 3rd November, has received support from a most unexpected quarter. The Tamil groups are ‘blaming’ Ilaiyaraaja for overlooking the fact that November is the ‘month of mourning’ for Tamils all over the world and that the Maestro shouldn’t have agreed to hold the concert in November.
Suba Veera Pandian (Subavee), president of dravida iyakka tamizhar peravai, has harshly criticized those who were opposing ‘Isaignani’ Ilaiyaraaja’s musical concert to be held in Toronto in the first week of November. “Of late, some Tamils in Tamil Nadu have formed a ‘new law’ banning any celebrations in the month of November as 27th of that month is observed as the day of ‘remembrance’ in memory of those who laid down their lives in Lanka.
“Even Prabhakaran, the late LTTE supreme, never mentioned anything about not holding any celebrations in November. Till last year, there wasn’t any such ‘rule’ in place; if this is the case, how can all of a sudden one say that Prabhakaran had said so and are hell-bent in stopping the musical concert of the Maestro? Even Prabhakaran’s birthday falls in the same month; would these people ignore it?
“Soon after Ilaiyaraaja’s concert, the festival of Deepavali would be celebrated the world over. Would these persons have the courage to say that nobody should celebrate that festival? If not for any decision based on rational thinking, would they do so at least for the sake of their Tamil brethren? These things are practically impossible and they’re very much aware of it.
“Ilaiyaraaja has always stood for and spoken in favour of the Tamils and it’s an exercise in futility to attempt to show him as someone who has betrayed the interest of the Tamils,” Subavee’s statement concludes thus.