Amid the intensifying row over ban on Jallikattu, legendary singer and composer AR Rahman on Thursday took it to Twitter to announce that he will be observing fast on Friday to support the spirit of Tamil Nadu.
"I'm fasting tomorrow to support the spirit of Tamilnadu!" he tweeted.
As protests for conducting Jallikattu continued state-wide, five time World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand extended his support to holding the bull taming sport, saying it was a cultural symbol.
“#jallikattu is a cultural symbol. Respect it. Im all for animal rights but here that is not the point. tradition & livelihood are”, the chess legend wrote in his official micro-blogging site Twitter.
“my state rises again. In unison. In peace. Proud to be a #tamizhanda. Genext here are modern yet culturally rooted #JusticeforJallikattu”, Anand who hails from Chennai, said.
Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has also come out in support for the ancient bull-taming sport Jallikattu. He has said that the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu should be respected.
Thousands of jallikattu supporters, including celebrities from the film industry and cricketers have extended support to the protesters, who have flocked to Marina beach here, besides staging protests across Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day had said that his government would take steps to hold the banned event with the backing of the Centre.
I'm fasting tomorrow to support the spirit of— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) January 19, 2017
#jallikattu is a cultural symbol . Respect it. Im all for animal rights but here that is not the point.tradition & livelihood are .— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) January 19, 2017
I support Jallikattu & request that the movement remains peaceful.Let's have patience while a fresh appeal is made in SC with correct facts.— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) January 19, 2017