With the tunes of Afro – Caribbean melodies along with euphony of Dhee’s vocals in collaboration with Arivu’s Rap the Indian hip-hop oppari song Enjoy Enjaami has become the first independent music video from South India to hit 43 million views within 2 weeks on YouTube by becoming sensational all over the social media.
The song Enjoy enjaami begins in the framework of glorifying the rich beauty of the nature by admiring small acts of little creatures in the environment that speaks about the ancient inheritance and heartwarming togetherness of ecology by singing the praises of our ancestors.
The title of the song Enjoy signifies rejoices of the root concerned with our ancestors and enjaami is usually addressed dearly by the elderly people to their beloved ones especially to their grandson and granddaughter, but here the phrase is also used by labourers to hint at their foreman. The song is a notion of the migrant Tamil labourers about their imperishable attachment, soreness of being expelled and detached from the Ceylon land.
The rap genre usually unfolds the untold stories and Arivu’s rap in ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ is intended to tribute the Tamil Plantation Labours, based on his grandmother Valiyamma’s stories.
Valliyamma perandi sangathiya koorandi (Valliyamma’s grandson is here to tell you something).
During the British’s administration, 200 years back, the Tamils from Tamil Nadu were signed up to work in the vicinity of tea, coffee, coconut and rubber plantations in Ceylon, Sri Lanka.
Due to the high population rate of Indian Tamils in Ceylon, the Sinhalese citizens railed against this overpopulation by passing the Ceylon Citizenship Act in 1936.
In 1964, both the countries newly elected prime ministers signed up for the Sirima – Shastri Pact which granted Celyonese citizenship to 300,000 Indian Tamils and 500,000 were repatriated to India. During deportation Arivu’s grandmother was one among those who went through the tribulations by leaving her sisters and sentimental land behind for the Government’s unprecedented move.
After returning to India, the banished people went to work in Ooty and Kodaikanal plantations. But Arivu’s grandmother was left with unemployment which made her undertake odd jobs like railway constructions, domestic works and her husband did menial jobs. It is a very emotional and resentment song that speaks about the untold stories of many people like Valliyamma who lost their land, family, job and became entitled to stateless which stirs up the oppressive history.
The song symbolises the unhappiness and discontentment of Indian Tamils affected by the Government’s unparalleled decision. The current generation might find it hard to relate to the unspoken stories of our ancestors denoting it to be unprecedented, whereas pieces of music like enjoy enjami rates the brilliancy to connect to the unheard retribution of millions trying to fit in for the sake of survival made everyone vulnerable.
Coming from Bangalore, I wasn’t able to comprehend anything about Ceylon and India’s dark history from the song, except for a few lines that kindled my thoughts to paint the picture of the farmers.
Naan anju maram valarthen
Azhagana thottam vachchen
Thottam sezhithaalum en thonda nanaiyalaye
Especially this line stood out of everything by having a hunch to the current situation of farmers in our country. Agriculture is the primary source of occupation in India. According to my way of thinking farmers were supposed to be rich and wealthy, the governing body and authorities by not giving credence to farmers’ determinants for providing us provisions have resulted in mismanagement and disorganisation in the governance. For example, today we have surplus storage food grains with a high rate of below the poverty line. From ugly twitter fights to arresting young supporters of the farmers’ protest, it has been eight months. Few details of the song reminded me of the poor farmers.
Ps: I didn’t want to make any connection to the farmers’ protest but those few lines reminded me of the ongoing protest. After learning about the history of Ceylon and India the oppressive history has to be spotlighted to empathise millions of lives that lost almost everything. Also, comment below on how you interpreted the lyrics?