October 1, 2021
When Maajja — an independent label from award-winning music composer A.R. Rahman — released the music video for “Enjoy Enjaami” on March 6, 2021, it went viral, receiving 19 million views on YouTube within a week; at the time of publishing, the video had crossed over 340 million views.
The song featured vocals from Dhee and Arivu. Arivu, a Chennai-based rapper-songwriter, also wrote the song, inspired by his grandmother Valliamma, a Dalit laborer in Sri Lanka, as a tribute to his ancestors. The song features an oppari — a traditional lament Tamil women sing in funerals to express grief — from his grandmother’s perspective, on caste-based oppression that deprives the Dalit community of their land. For Tamils around the world, “Enjoy Enjaami’s” massive success was a source of pride.
However, in August, music magazine Rolling Stone India published a cover with Dhee and Tamil Canadian artist Shan Vincent de Paul that dedicated space to “Enjoy Enjaami.” But despite Arivu’s contribution, the magazine didn’t feature him and dedicated only a few lines to his story.