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I'm ready to sit down and have conversation with parties involved: Dhee on Enjoy Enjaami row 

The statement comes after Arivu and Santhosh Narayanan expressed their views on their contribution 

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Published: 02nd August 2022

Amid the ongoing argument over the Tamil indie song Enjoy Enjaami, where rapper Arivu, music composer Santhosh Narayan have talked about their respective contribution to the song, singer Dhee who has co-sung Enjoy Enjaami has put out a statement expressing her views.

In her two-page statement, Dhee said that the song was created with the “purest intention” of bringing people closer to each other and life around. “The song’s core is about an ancient Tamil society that lived one with nature and worshipped the five elements and lived free of the adversities that came with manmade divisions (caste, religion, etc). They are our roots. This song is a reminder and a call to that time,” she wrote.

Asserting that she has “full control” on what she says, does, and share on social media, the singer said that she made sure credits were given to Arivu as “writer/singer” and Santhosh Narayanan as “producer/composer”.

Dhee further wrote, “I have proudly spoken about them, specifically Arivu, every chance I got. AT no point have I dismissed or downplayed both of their importance in Enjoy Enjaami. I’ve only ever wanted to celebrate, and highlight their work and I’ve been doing that at every step and stage. I don’t have any control over the way our work is being shared and promoted by external source.”

Acknowledging that director Manikandan had also contributed extensively to the making of the song and his film Kadaisi Vivasayi served as an inspiration for the song, Dhee said that Enjoy Enjaami’s lyrical structure and premise was “heavily discussed and curated” within the team and all of them were on the “same page” during the song release.

“Most of the current meanings and narrative behind our song, I came to only learn after each one of Arivu’s interviews dropped post-release. I only wanted Arivu’s voice to be heard the loudest. As I believe what he has to say is important and it deserves front and centre. All the revenues and ownership of our song are shared equally amongst the three of us. I’ve only ever to wanted to experience every milestone surrounding enjoy enjaami with Arivu and Santhosh Narayanan and if or when an opportunity feels ill-intended, unjust or condones any form of inequality, I will not be a part of it.”

Dhee also addressed the Rolling Stone India cover and said that the issue was about her and Shan Vincent de Paul’s upcoming individual albums and not about Enjoy Enjaami or Neeye Oli. She went on to elaborate that Arivu was credited in the song’s remix version by DJ Snake like Spotify.

With regards to her latest performance of the song at Chess Olympiad in Chennai, Dhee claimed that Arivu was also asked to perform, but had to skip due to his US schedule. However, his spoken about during the event and his voice track was played.

The singer also said that she was ready to have a conversation with all the parties involved either “publicly or privately, with or without media with an unbiased mediator”.

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