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Yuvan Shankar Raja backs AR Rahman after Chennai concert row, says 'Let us hope lessons are learned'

The Academy Award-winning composer had been facing severe backlash due to severe mismanagement

Yuvan Shankar Raja backs AR Rahman after Chennai concert row, says 'Let us hope lessons are learned'
AR Rahman; (Right) Yuvan Shankar Raja

Last Updated: 08.42 AM, Sep 12, 2023


Composer AR Rahman's Marakkuma Nenjam concert held at OMR in Chennai on Sunday has turned out to be a nightmare for fans, who not only had to put up with overcrowding, but also go through stampedes and children going missing in the mele. Many concert-goers with valid tickets complained that they couldn't even enter the venue, and returned home disappointed.

Since then the ace composer has been facing severe backlash for the mismanagement and many have tagged the musician on social media asking him to apologise. Meanwhile, Yuvan Shankar Raja has put out a lengthy statement on his social media handle, supporting ARR.

Yuvan on organising concerts of massive scale
The Thalapathy 68 composer' statement read, "Organising an event of the magnitude of the concert is an immensely complex task, involving numerous moving parts, from logistics and crowd control to traffic management. As unfortunate as it is, mishaps such as overcrowding and other unforeseen problems have happened during concerts of such magnitude, owing to several reasons including organisational missteps. Even with the best intentions things go awry."

Yuvan urges organisers and event producers to reflect on the incident
He wrote, "As performers, we place our trust in these producers to ensure that everything runs smoothly and our fans are well taken care of while we're on stage. It is truly disheartening to witness such a situation. Let us hope that lessons are learned and improvements are made."

Yuvan backs ARR
AR Rahman has come under fire since Sunday evening and people have been asking the ace composer to take accountability for the mishap. AR Rahman later, revealed in an interview to The Hindu that he was terribly disturbed by the turn of events. He also promised to refund the tickets for those who were unable to enter the premises.

Supporting the composer, Yuvan wrote, "As a fellow musician, I empathise with the situation and stand by AR Rahman,considering the unfortunate events, especially when the concert was intended to give fans a memorable night, for all the right reasons."

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