Oscar winner A.R. Rahman pays tribute
to the legendary pop icon Michael
Jackson. He relates his experience
with the King of Pop when he met
him after the Oscars.
In his message A R Rahman stated,
“I am shocked at the untimely
passing away of Michael Jackson,
one of the greatest musicians of
MJ, for most of our generation was
an icon who made uncompromising
music. He pushed the milestone of
Pop music to unbelievable levels
through the 80s and 90s. I am yet
to find an artist with that energy,
perfection and vision.
I met him personally after the Oscars
in Los Angeles and we vibed very
well. He said that he loved India
and the Indian people. He said he
heard good things about me and he
was praising the chord progression
of Jai Ho's chorus.
He was bursting with energy and
told me that every dance move he
did came from his soul and did a
five second stunning example. It
was like a lightning strike.
He was concerned about developmental
issues such as Global Warming and
about wars and its damages to the
He asked me to compose a unity anthem
on the likes of "We are the
World " for him. I nodded in
He introduced me to his three lovely
bright kids. The kids told him "I
love you dad" and he replied,
“I love you more” as
a proud father. I wished him well
for his concerts and he said, “God
After hearing the shocking news
I wished it was another rumor which
would fade away soon. It took me
time to believe that he is no more.
I remember, my late sound engineer
Sridhar had brought me a video of
the premiere of "Remember the
Time" when I was recording
"Kadhal Rojave" for my
first movie Roja. Seeing it inspired
all of us that afternoon.
Now, there is no Sridhar and no
I hope all of us value people's
existence more and respect them
when they are alive.
LIFE IS SHORT...! Artists and their
art lives for ever. Jai Ho, MJ !
We love you for your music, regardless
of all the controversies!”