Chennai-based singer-rapper-lyricist Arivu is thrilled with the immense appreciation coming his manner for his newest tune — Take pleasure in Enjaami, a collaboration with singer Dhee and composer Santhosh Narayanan. However he’s additionally mildly frightened, he says, concerning the accountability that follows with the recognition. He’s humbly basking within the success of the tune which has clocked 19 million views on YouTube in simply over every week — a serious achievement for impartial Tamil music.
Take pleasure in Enjaami is produced by Santosh Narayanan underneath the label of AR Rahman’s Maajja, which was shaped to advertise impartial musicians. Apart from singing, Arivu has written the lyrics for the tune which has turned out to be a serious earworm. “My conversations with my grandmother Valliamma shaped the premise of the tune,” Arivu says, attributing his success to Valliamma, in an interview to TNM.
The tune, which is fused with Oppari (lament tune sung throughout a mourning) is a celebration of the ancestors who toiled within the forests and led to human civilization.
“I’ve been working as an impartial artist for a very long time, and this tune positively has emerged as a breakthrough to my profession,” Arivu says. Thanking Dhee and Santosh Narayanan for the tune’s big success, he says, “Santosh sir has at all times been help to me and helped me out. I see this collaboration with him as a historic one. So I’ve to thank him. Equally, I used to be very desperate to work with Dhee. And we share the identical opinions relating to oppression and inequality. I’m glad that we labored collectively.”
Arivu who can also be a part of The Casteless Collective (TCC) — an anti-caste music band — is stunned with the reception of Take pleasure in Enjaami. Arivu has written Jai Bhim Anthem and several other different impartial songs which have been criticised for being ‘politically loaded’, however Take pleasure in Enjaami hasn’t confronted the identical criticism. “Though it’s no exception (in being political),” Arivu says
“Often all my songs are political and I get numerous criticism however in some way this tune has earned an common acceptance. However this tune too is ‘politically loaded’. I discuss folks’s points by the tune. Possibly as a result of I speak concerning the origins of civilization, earlier than caste and different discriminatory practices got here into existence, everybody may hook up with it. However I’m very proud of the tune’s broad reception. My final goal is to deliver folks collectively and combat towards inequality.” Arivu says.
Arivu additionally credit Director Manikandan for serving to him with the lyrics of the tune. “I spent numerous time discussing with Director Manikandan for this tune. Apart from, I used all my years of expertise listening to Oppari and Gaana paatu to write down the traces. The Oppari bit can also be borrowed from there.”
“Naan anju maram valarthen… Azhagana thottam vachchen… Thottam sezhithaalum en thonda nanaiyalaye,” the lyrics go. Translation: I planted 5 timber and nurtured an attractive backyard. Although my backyard is flourishing, my throat stays dry.
Although the tune was written in only a week, for the tune to be launched, it took three months, Arivu discloses.
Whereas there’s a common theme of celebrating the ancestors within the tune, Arivu clarifies that his celebration of ancestors is just not about ‘satisfaction’, ‘supremacy’ and ‘jingoism’ — however a tribute to his ancestors who belong to marginalised communities — who’re thought of ‘decrease’ within the Hindu caste hierarchy and are disadvantaged of land.
Talking about his grandmother Valliamma, who was taken from Tamil Nadu as a bonded labourer to Sri Lanka to work within the Tea estates there, he says, “My grandmother was taken to Sri Lanka as a bonded labourer, and when she returned, nothing had modified. We continued to stay landless. She educated my mom by doing dishes in a number of homes,”
“Due to her, my mom turned an educationist, and in consequence I’m an artist. She struggled all through her life and made a number of sacrifices to make our lives higher. So, after all I needed to make a point out of her. I’ll proceed to write down many extra songs about her if given a chance,” he says.
Earlier than changing into a music artist, Arivu was an engineering scholar and accomplished his MBA too. His dad and mom Kalainesan and Thenmozhi — each educationists — are completely happy about his profession, however need him to pursue additional training. And Arivu, too, is eager to do a PhD in Oppari music within the close to future. However for now he’s occupied with a number of movie initiatives like Jagame Thandhiram, Kadaisi Vivasayi and Sarpatta Parambarai.