|Rahman, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saroja Vaidyanathan|
Six Leading classical dancers have refused to perform on A R Rahman’s tune which was supposed to be the introductory song in Common Wealth Games 2010, and would compose their own song.Vedic chants replace composer’s Aao Balam as introductory song of dance segment following opposition from masters.
Musician A R Rahman‘s association with the Commonwealth Games seems to be going badly out of tune. After facing flak for his theme song “Oh yaaro, yeh India bula liya”, which failed to go down well with the masses and politicians alike, and now another creation of his has been rejected by the six masters of Indian classical dance who were supposed to dance to it.
Rahman had composed a song ‘Aao Balam’ which was supposed to be the introductory song of the Commonwealth Games. Pandit Birju Maharaj (Kathak), Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatnatyam), Raja Reddy (Kuchipudi), Sonal Mansingh (Odissi), Guru Singhajit (Manipuri) and Bharati Shivaji (Mohiniyattam) have rejected Rahman’s ‘Aao Balam’ song which was to form the introduction of the 11-minute sequence to be presented by 460 dancers on the opening day.
“I did not like the Aao Balam song at all. It was just not going with the theme of six seasons through six dance forms that we are trying to showcase. The song was just not going with the aesthetics of the Indian classical dance and the guru-shishya parampara that we are trying to showcase in this section”,said Birju Maharaj.
Informing the Organizing Committee (OC) members that the tune of the composition of Rahman’s song is not ideal for their dance, the masters have composed a song in coordination with Birju Maharaj.
Anyway A R Rahman’s theme song “Oh yaaro, yeh India bula liya” is critised for lack of energy and clarity of words. And some even criticised Rahman for charging a exorbitant Rs 5 crore for a dull song.
“This song has fallen short of expectations. We had a expected a better anthem for the Games from a composer of Rahman’s status,” Malhotra, also the vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association, said.