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Chinmayi Sripada comes in support of women who had to go through sexual harassment at the A R Rahman concert

en Bollywood News Chinmayi Sripada comes in support of women who had to go through sexual harassment at the A R Rahman concert

Titled Marukkama Nenjam (will the heart ever forget), the A R Rahman concert was an unforgettable nightmare for many who complained of various issues.

From overcrowding to suffocation to stampede to sexual harassment, the recently held A R Rahman music concert Marakkuma Nenjam has been garnering attention for all the wrong reasons. Adding to the nightmare of an evening which saw huge crowds leaving the concert disappointed due to mismanagement, many women opened up about the evening being a traumatic one as they had to undergo groping, harassment and molestation. Singer Chinmayi Sripada, who has in the past collaborated with the music maestro in his musical ventures, took to social media to extend her support towards women who underwent sexual harassment and molestation.

Chinmayi Sripada comes in support of women who had to go through sexual harassment at the A R Rahman concert

Chinmayi Sripada comes in support of women who had to go through sexual harassment at the A R Rahman concert

Chinmayi Sripada took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to pen a long note in support of these women, after their traumatic experience. For the unversed, a couple of days post the concert, many women, who attended the concert, approached the Indian media, anonymously, where they opened up about how some men took advantage of the chaotic situation and groped, harassed, and touched them inappropriately. In her note, Chinmayi said, “To the girls whose trauma I share - a core memory, as my body keeps score: It is not your shame. It is not your fault. A trauma that doesn’t scratch away, scrub away, wash away.”

She further elaborated, “You did not deserve this. You deserved music, you deserved fun, you deserved joy, you deserved a concert experience that made you cry; cry from joy you felt from the music, from feelings that evoked nostalgia. You deserved warmth, the shared euphoria from other fans as everyone sang along, shouted along, jumped along to songs that we love to vibe and groove to. You deserved an experience that made you recount it with love, think of it with fondness and wish for the next one to make a beautiful new memory associated with this magical beautiful thing called music, with a musician we adore.”

She concluded her note, “I wish you didn’t have to go through sexual harassment but you did and wish as I might that such experiences never happen to anyone, this wish doesn’t come to pass. I wish only love and healing - and hope you have a loved one holding your hand.”


Chinmayi also slammed the people who blamed the women for making harassment claims as she added, “You darned dingbats who are gaslighting those who recounted their sexual harassment; You darned dingbats who said avoid crowds if you dont want to be molested; You darned dingbats who asked if the girls were tweeting for engagement, views, attention what have you.” She further said in Tamil, “Thirundha maateengla da neenga??? (won’t you guys ever change)”

The Marakkum Nenjam concert was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which received a lot of flak for mismanagement, overcrowding and other issues. A R Rahman as well as the organizers had to take to social media to apologize followed by the backlash.

Also Read: A. R. Rahman’s Marakkuma Nenjam concert organisers extend formal apology, watch


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