[Watch] A R Rahman Reacts To Angry Comments On Stampede At His Chennai Concert
New Delhi: Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman has finally broken his silence over fans complaining of overcrowding and a stampede-like situation at his concert, titled Maeakuma Nenjam in Chennai’s Paniyur on Sunday evening.
Rahman spoke to The Hindu at length about what happened on Sunday evening, which led to massive outrage. “It was tsunami of people and love that we were unable to handle,” the music composer said. “As a composer, my job was to give a terrific show, and I thought everything else would be taken care of. I was just thinking it shouldn’t rain, and was happily performing inside, without any idea of what was happening outside. Our intentions were good, but I think the response was beyond our expectations.”
Rahman further said that he was “terribly disturbed” by how things turned out at the venue. “Right now, we are just terribly disturbed. Safety was the primary issue, especially because there were women and kids. I don’t want to point fingers at anyone, but we have to realise that the city is expanding, and the passion to consume music and art is also expanding.”
Meanwhile, taking to X, ACTC Events issued a statement thanking Rahman for his performance while apologising to fans who couldn’t make their way to the concert.
“Grateful to Chennai and the legendary @arrahman Sir! The incredible response, the overwhelming crowd made our show a massive success. Those who couldn’t attend on overcrowding, Our sincere apologies. We take full responsibility and accountable. We are with you. #MarakkumaNenjam,” the organisers posted.
Grateful to Chennai and the legendary @arrahman Sir! The incredible response, the overwhelming crowd made our show a massive success. Those who couldn’t attend on overcrowding, Our sincere apologies. We take full responsibility and accountable. We are with you. #MarakkumaNenjam
— ACTC Events (@actcevents) September 11, 2023
A R Rahman also reached out to his fans who couldn’t enter the venue on Sunday to mail their tickets and grievances to his team to respond. His response on X came after Organisors ACTC Events apologised for the ”overcrowding”.
Dearest Chennai Makkale, those of you who purchased tickets and weren’t able to enter owing to unfortunate circumstances, please do share a copy of your ticket purchase to email@example.com along with your grievances. Our team will respond asap🙏@BToSproductions @actcevents
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) September 11, 2023