Santhosh Narayanan says he composed Enjoy Enjaami, song was a ‘team effort’

The composer’s statement comes amid criticism that Arivu was not credited for the song when it was performed at the 44th Chess Olympiad.

Music composer Santhosh Narayanan posted a two-page statement via his Twitter account on Monday, August 1, seemingly in response to a message Arivu had posted earlier today regarding the end credits of the hit song Enjoy Enjaami. “In December 2020, Dhee came up with the idea of ​​a song that glorified our roots and celebrated nature. I then composed, arranged, programmed, recorded and sang Enjoy Enjaami,” he said in the statement. Earlier on Monday, singer-songwriter and rapper Arivu, who sang the song along with Dhee, had stated via social media that he “composed, wrote and performed” Enjoy Enjaami.

The statements come days after the hit was performed by Dhee along with Kidakuzhi Mariyammal at the inauguration of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai. Arivu was not part of the performance and the song’s composition was attributed to Santhosh Narayanan by the Emcee. There has been a lot of discussion about appropriation around the song, the lyrics of which were written by Arivu, who is a Dalit man but only got a ‘featuring’ credit in the song.

In his statement, Santhosh thanked director Manikandan, of Kaaka Muttai and Kadaisi Vivasayi fame, “for carefully choosing the lyrics basis for this song and for spending so many hours with Arivu to create a flow and script for the lyrics.” to create.” composer also says that Enjoy Enjaami was based on Manikandan’s recent film Kadaisi Vivasayi.

Arivu’s Instagram post came days after Santosh Narayanan was credited with composing Enjoy Enjaami during a live performance at the inaugural ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai. The live version of the song was performed by singers Dhee and Kidakuzhi Mariyammal. Many social media users had expressed disappointment that Arivu was not mentioned or even mentioned during the event.

Arivu shared on Instagram that it took him six months to write and compose the song. He also shared in his Instagram post that the song speaks about his background, culture and heritage and that while producing the song was a team effort, it doesn’t give the label or other contributors any right to fight his ancestors that he addresses. to make invisible. on the track. “Anyone can snatch your treasure when you’re ape. Never when you’re awake. jaibhim. The truth will always win in the end. #enjoyenjaami #appropriationart,” wrote Arivu.

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“No doubt it (the song) brings everyone together,” he added in the post. “But that doesn’t mean it isn’t the history of Valliammal or the landless ancestors of the tea plantation slaves of mine. Every song of mine will have the scar of this generational oppression. Like this Just One..There are 10,000 national anthems in this country. The songs that carry the breath of ancestors, their pain, their life, love, their resistance and everything about their existence. It all speaks to you in beautiful songs. Because we are a generation of blood and sweat turned into melodies of liberating arts. We carry the legacy through songs,” Arivu wrote in his Instagram post on Monday.

This is not the first time there has been a discussion about the exclusion of Arivu from being credited to Enjoy Enjaami. Last year, Rolling Stone magazine had a cover article about Dhee-Sri Lankan-born Tamil rapper San Vincent de Paul. The article featured two songs that both artists had sung and which were very popular at the time: Neeye Oli and Enjoy Enjaami, both songs for which Arivu had written lyrics. Neeye Oli was also one of the songs in the soundtrack of Sarapetta Parambarai by director Pa Ranjtih.

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Later, an EDM version of Enjoy Enjaami was released by singer Dhee and DJ Snake on Spotify – which was also streamed on the Times Square Billboard last year – and again Arivu was excluded from the video. This was again condemned by many, who argued that erasing Arivu from his own tracks was ‘appropriative’. Frequent collaborators and Arivu’s industry colleagues, including director. Pa Ranjith took to social media to wonder why Arivu didn’t get the credit.

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