Twin Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman’s comments on the longevity of Maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s music has upset the millions of fans of Ilaiyaraaja around the globe. In an interview to a popular regional weekly which was out in stands a couple of days back, Rahman has said that there is a ‘limit’ to the longevity of Ilaiyaraaja’s songs too and added that they may not be liked by the masses after some years.
Rahman, who recently floated his ‘K.M. College of Music & Technology’, said in the interview that he wanted to spread music beyond films. “Trained singers are a rarity and only if we choose to look beyond the world of film music would we be able to produce world-class music artistes. My music school is an earnest initiative towards achieving this objective,” he said.
To a query as to what was the ‘secret’ behind people on the rural side still preferring Maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s songs and not his songs, Rahman said “My songs are also heard in all the villages in the State…people’s taste has been changing all these years….once upon a time, people watched MGR and Sivaji’s films with interest but nobody watches them now; likewise, my songs and Ilaiyaraaja’s songs would also be forgotten one day!”
Rahman’s comments on people not watching MGR and Sivaji’s films haven’t gone down well with the huge fan base both these stars command in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere even now. Also, his comments that people might forget ‘Ilaiyaraaja’s songs’ are seen not as something which was made in haste.