Arivarasu Kalainesan, more commonly known as Arivu, is an Indian Tamil rapper, lyricist, and playback singer who works in Tamil language films. He is best known for the song "Vaathi Raid" from Master (2021) and for his single "Enjoy Enjaami" ft. Dhee[1][2][3]

Birth nameArivarasu Kalainesan
Years active2018–present
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Arivu was brought up in Arakkonam, a town 60 kilometres west of Chennai. He was exposed to many folk songs as he grew up in family without TV and radio, as his parents wanted him to concentrate on school. He started to write poems about caste and poverty in his high school days and became more politically conscious during his college.[4][5]


While pursuing his MBA in college, Arivu met Pa. Ranjith who signed him to be part of Kaala (2018). Arivu had later auditioned and landed a role in Ranjith's band The Casteless Collective. He has since made several independent songs in addition to composing songs for Tamil-language films. Arivu teamed with music producer OfRo to create the album Therukural (Voice of street), which became popular upon release.[4][6][7][8] After many film song hits, he teamed up with Dhee and Santhosh Narayanan as music producer under label Maajja, an independent platform launched by Indian producer A. R. Rahman and released the single Enjoy Enjaami in March 2021, the song and its music video received viral response, it has crossed 300 million views on YouTube as of July 2021.[2][3]



Title Year Peak chart


Monkeys with 5G [11]
Enjoy Enjaami[12]

(feat. Dhee, produced by Santhosh Narayanan)

2021 5 Non-album single



Year Film Credited as Song(s) Notes
Singer Lyricist
2018 Kaala  N  Y "Urimayai Meetpom" Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
Vada Chennai  Y  Y "Maathiya Seraiyile" Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
2019 Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven  N  Y "Red Cardu"
"Modern Muniyamma"
Composed by Hiphop Tamizha
Natpe Thunai  Y  Y "Single Pasanga"
"Veedhikor Jaadhi"
Composed by Hiphop Tamizha
Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu  Y  N "Nilamellam" Composed by Tenma
 N  Y "Thalaimurai"
2020 Pattas  Y  Y "Mavane" Composed by Vivek-Mervin
Dagaalty  Y  Y "Dagaalty Naa!" Composed by Vijay Narain
Naadodigal 2  Y  Y "Varungaalam Engaladhu" Composed by Justin Prabhakaran
Naan Sirithal  N  Y "Happy Birthday" Composed by Hiphop Tamizha
College Kumar  N  Y "College Kumar"
"Baari Baari"
Composed by Qutub-E-Kripa
Gypsy  Y  Y "Theevira Vyaadhi" Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
Soorarai Pottru  N  Y "Maara Theme" Composed by GV Prakash Kumar
Tughlaq Durbar  Y  N "Annathe Sethi" Composed by Govind Vasantha
Master  Y  Y "Vathi Raid" Composed by Anirudh Ravichander
2021 Mandela  Y  Y "Yela Yelo" Composed by Bharath Sankar
Jagame Thandhiram  Y  Y "Theengu Thaakka"
"Naan Dhaan Da Mass"
Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
Sarpatta Parambarai  Y  Y "Neeye Oli"
"Neeye Oli" (Film Version)
Composed by Santhosh Narayanan
Aranmanai 3  Y  Y "Ratatapata" Composed by C. Sathya
Jai Bhim  Y  Y "Power" Composed by Sean Roldan
Jail  Y  Y "Pathu Kaasu" Composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Enemy  N  Y "Pathala" Composed by S. Thaman
 Y  Y "Little India"
Annaatthe  Y  Y "A for Annaatthe" Composed by D. Imman
Maanaadu  Y  Y "Voice of Unity" Composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja


Year TV Series Credited as Song(s) Notes
Singer Lyricist
2021 The Family Man (Season 2)  Y  N "Maaveerarukku Maranamila" Composed by Sachin-Jigar


  1. ^ "Hip Hop Adhi is all set to enthral 'single pasanga'". The Times of India. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Arivu and Dhee, the duo behind the viral protest song Enjoy Enjaami". Hindustan Times. 19 March 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b "'Enjoy Enjaami' is as political as my other works: Singer-lyricist Arivu to TNM". The News Minute. 15 March 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b Seetharaman, G. (21 July 2019). "Rapping truth to power: Arivu pulls no punches in his album 'Therukural'". The Economic Times.
  5. ^ "'Let's fight': Tamil rapper Arivu comes up with powerful lyrics against CAA, goes viral". The Week. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  6. ^ Tagat, Anurag (2 August 2019). "Speaking truth to power with Arivu and ofRO". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "Meet Arivu, Who Wants to Take Rap in India Back to Its Political Roots". The Wire.
  8. ^ "Arivu: Independent art will be an alarm for the society". The New Indian Express.
  9. ^ Singles on UK Asian Music Chart:
  10. ^ "கோ கொரோனா கோ! கோஷம் போட்டா குறையுமோ? தெறிக்கவிடும் தெருக்குரல் அறிவு! [Ko Corona Ko! Will it decrease with noise? Therukural Arivu explains!]". Indian Express. 10 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Arivu and Madan Gowri's 'Monkeys with 5G' talks of modern discrimination". The news minute. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  12. ^ Dhee ft. Arivu - Enjoy Enjaami (Prod. Santhosh Narayanan), retrieved 7 March 2021
  13. ^ Shekar, Anjana. "'Therukural' by Arivu-ofRO is a brilliant Tamil hiphop album". The news minute. Retrieved 23 May 2020.

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