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Arivu talks about making socially responsible art

Kollywood’s very own rapping sensation Arivu talks about privilege and access
by Akanksha Sridhara | March 30, 2020 18:16 IST
Arivu talks about making socially responsible art

Arivu was introduced to rap music while he was a college student. The rapping sensation started rapping as a young student and hasn’t stopped since. He says that hip-hop as a genre is what the oppressed turned for their creative expression. So he says he wants to use hip-hop to be more socially responsible and create art that strikes a chord to all sections of society.

 
Talking about equality in society Arivu said, "Equality is a lifestyle. There is no point in just writing about situation-oriented equality. So no matter what situation I am offered, I will try to see equality in it.” Most of Arivu's songs are social justice-oriented. He focuses on expressing his discomfort with social injustice and calls for equality. He has been consistent in what he has to say through his art. For example, one of his earlier poems was titled 'Android Yugathil Ambedhar Perargal."
 
It so happens that an opportunity to compose film music shoots an indie artist to fame. In Arivu's case, that's not true. He says that after a live video of him singing his song "Sanda Sevom" went viral, he got several messages from the film industry. He has worked on several films, but his independent releases are a lot more popular. He says that in contrast to popular music that aims to economize by producing mass songs, he wants to make socially responsible art. He adds that indie artists who make socially responsible art do so because they care about society and just the money. Talking about privilege, Arivu notes that what is aesthetics depends on elements like class.
 
Our individual lives are by itself, manifestations of politics.” From what we wear, to where we live, to the God we pray to, everything has a socio-political history to it. “If art was just aesthetics, won’t that change from person to person?” he asks. For some, it might be lazing to the strums of the rain on the balcony, with coffee in hand. “I live in a hut house. How will I know that? Wouldn’t my aesthetics be in enjoying looking at a sparrow that has chosen to sit in a hole in our hut?” In other news, in addition to working on his own music, Arviu has collaborated with musician Anirudh to compose a song for the Vijay starer Master.
 
 
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