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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

Jai Ho Jackson, says Rahman

From S Murari, Chennai

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Chennai, 27 June (

Music maestro A R Rahman, who last met Michael Jackson after the Oscars at Los Angeles, has said in a tribute to pop king who died in California on Thursday:'Jai ho, MJ, we love you for your music regardless of all controversies".

Rahman, who is now in Los Angeles, has in a statement described Jackson as "one of the greatest musicians of our times".He was an icon for most of his generation who made uncompromising music.

He pushed the milestone of pop music to unbelievable levels through the 1980s and 90s. " I am yet to find an artiste with that energy, perfection and vision".

Recalling the brief meeting he had with Jackson after winning the Oscars for his score in Slumgod Millionaire, Rahman said the king of pop praised the progression of chorus in Jai Ho.

At that meeting, Jackson told him, "I love India and the people of that country". He also told Rahman that he had heard good things about him.

"He was bursting with energy and he told me that every dance move he did came from his soul". He did a five-second demonstration and "it was like a lightning strike", recalls Rahman. Jackson introduced Rahman to his children. Rahman wished him well for his concerts planned in London and Jackson said "God bless you".

Rahman, who planned to attend one of Jackson's concerts in London, met the pop star for the first time in 1999. That was much before Rahman hit the international music circuit.

Rahman said:" I remember my sound engineer Sridhar brought me a video of the premier of 'Remember the time', when I was recording "Kathal Rojave" for my first film Roja. We were all so inspired".

Striking a poignant note, Rahman said: "Now there is no Sridhar and no Jackson any more. Life is short. Artistes and their art live forever. Jai Ho, MJ! We love you for your music, regardless of all the controversies".

- Asian Tribune

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