(This article is authored by Alar)
For the first time since the blockbuster song 'Enjoy Enjaami' caught into the whirl of controversy over the allegations of repeated exclusions of Therkural Arivu, a Tamil rapper who wrote the song, in major events, singer Dhee, who sang the song along with Arivu, has on Monday - August 1 issued a statement concerning the row in which she affirmed that she has always credited the rapper.
Dhee's statement has come when she has been criticized for stealing the spotlight from Arivu on several occasions. In the recent exclusion of Arivu, the rapper wasn't credited when Enjoy Enjaami was performed at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai last week. The song was performed by Dhee and Kidakuzhi Mariyammal.
On the grounds that Arivu was not credited for the song, several people have criticized Dhee and her step-father and composer Santhosh Narayanan, who scored music for the song, for belittling Arivu. In the midst of such developments, Arivu took to Instagram on Monday and said "Anyone can snatch away your treasure when you’re asleep. Never when you are awake. Jai Bhim. Truth will always win in the end". He cited that he composed the song.
Hours after his statement, Santhosh Narayanan penned his response in which he claimed the output of the song was teamwork. By citing that Arivu couldn't able to take part in the opening ceremony of the Chess Olympiad as the rapper has been busy with his US schedule, Santhosh Narayanan asserted that he always felt that Arivu is an amazing artist. Hours after his statement, singer Dhee released her statement on Monday in which she said that she is ready to have a conversation about this with all parties.
The excerpt from the two-paged official letter from Dhee on Twitter states that she only wanted Arivu's voice to be heard the loudest. She also declared that she is open to discussing the escalating conflict in public or in private, with or without the media. She added that she has always acknowledged this at every step. "Enjoy Enjaami's lyrical structure, and the premise was heavily discussed and curated within the team and we were all on the same page till the song was released", she contended.
She penned about the earlier issue with the Roller Stone magazine which excluded Arivu from its cover. She said, "The Rolling stone India cover from last year was based around Shan and I's upcoming individual albums and the main reason as to why we're in this particular cover together. It was neither about Enjoy Enjaami or Neeye Oli. The song names weren't mentioned on the cover too that we shared. That particular cover story was about our upcoming albums and Maajja as a platform."
She further said, "What I was told was that there was a rollout plan where Rollingstone was going to publish cover stories and articles on Arivu, Santhosh Narayanan, and all maajja artists. This was also announced as a tweet by Rollingstone before our cover was published and I was happy to see that it was." Opening up about Enjoy Enjaami remix by DJ Snake and the Chess Olympiad event performance, Dhee said, "Arivu is credited in the Enjoy Enjaami DJ snake remix on official platforms like Spotify. Santhosh Narayanan, Arivu, and I don't have control over the marketing behind it."
"About the Olympiad chess performance, the event organisers approached Arivu and me to perform for the event but as he was not available and in the US, we played his voice track for the performance. He was spoken about at the event for his words and his performance of 'Enjoy Enjaami", she added. She concluded her side of explaining the ongoing conflict, by assuring to be ''ready to sit down and have a conversation about this with all parties involved either publicly or privately, with or without media with an unbiased mediator. The truth will always prevail."
Please read it fully when you get the time 🙏🏽💕 pic.twitter.com/RkcccT3wps— Dhee (@talktodhee) August 1, 2022