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Oscar hero Rahman meets the Press

By: By: Settu Shankar
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A.R. Rahman has returned from Los Angeles with the prestigious Oscar Award.After a short rest, the Mozart of Madras met the media representatives at Hotel Green Park, Chennai.

As he posed for the cameras with the coveted prize, he said that he had gone to Los Angeles with just 5 percent expectations, but lot of hope.

Nikhil, the media manager of Rahman had arranged the meet with television and Internet in a huge hall and the print media and photographers in another big hall. It was one of the biggest press events in the city with more than 400 media members attending with eagerness.

Briefing his experience, the musician said, "I thought I probably had a 5 percent chance of winning. I'd hardly caught three hours of sleep and woke up a zombie on Sunday. I didn't even react when they announced my name," he said, with his trademark smile, charming and shy!

According to Rahman, he was very keen to meet the press particularly at his home town Chennai, after the thunderous reception he received on his arrival at the airport of Chennai.

What gifts did he get after bagging the Oscars?
Rahman says with a smile: "It was all champagne bottles and I gave it away to my friends over there."

Answering a question, the maestro said that music has no boundaries and that it should break all frontiers. Rahman believes that music can deliver messages and through his music he wishes to promote peace and harmony.

When asked if he will concentrate on Bollywood or Kollywood, Rahman said that he will give priority to good films irrespective of language. "But Tamil, my mother tongue is always comfortable to me to deliver the best, better than other languages," said Rahman.

One of the media men asked about his opinion about Ilayaraja, his Guru, who has not been awarded with such high awards.

Rahman simply said, "Ilayaraja sir and his music are beyond the Oscar limits. The international music community knows the supremacy of Raja sir in Indian film music. He has already proved his talents through symphony and Thiruvasagam Oratorio. So there is no need to compare him with just
winning some awards.."

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