Rahman advocates free hugs for peace

Monday, 15 December 2008 - 11:59pm IST
Music has the ability to transcend all barriers — linguistic, regional and religious — and AR Rahman’s new, non filmi musical offering proves that once again.

Music has the ability to transcend all barriers — linguistic, regional and religious — and AR Rahman’s new, non filmi musical offering proves that once again. Deeply disturbed by the recent terror attacks and the fact that religion is being used by some divisive factions to de-stabilise the country, Rahman has teamed up with his long-time pal, percussionist Sivamani and Universal Music to create a song titled Jiya Se Jiya that promotes unity among people irrespective of their class, caste or religion.

It is not his first effort to pay a tribute to India and her sovereignty. Rahman’s Maa Tujhe Salaam, like Jiya Se Jiya, had no stars in it but had touched the hearts of the countrymen. Rahman says, “In today’s age, a song like Jiya Se Jiya becomes even more relevant as it spreads the message of embracing everyone irrespective of their region, religion or language.”

The song has already been made into a music video which shows how people are randomly hugging strangers thereby bringing a smile on everyone’s face at a time when tension, trauma and terrorism have become an integral part of a person’s life. In the video, the people are carrying placards with ‘Free Hugs’ written on them as they promote unity and brotherhood.

A source had earlier tipped us about it. “Rahman wanted to do something that emphasised that religion or language cannot create a wall between people. He was very upset how people were being used against their fellow countrymen by individuals with personal agendas with the intention of perpetuating divisions. The song subtly hints that if people don’t think about issues like religion and caste, they can remain one, united. He teamed up with Sivamani and is very happy to have contributed to such a noble act,” said the source.


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