Arivum Anbum

Arivum Anbum (transl.Knowledge and Love or transl.Wisdom and Love)[1][2] is an Indian Tamil-language song released on YouTube on April 23, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The song was composed by Ghibran and lyrics by Kamal Haasan. The song was sung by 12 Various singers. Lydian Nadhaswaram has played the piano for the song.

"Arivum Anbum"
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Song by Various
Released23 April 2020
RecordedApril 2020
LabelThink Music India
Lyricist(s)Kamal Haasan
Producer(s)Raaj Kamal Films International

The concept for Arivum Anbum was created and directed by Kamal Haasan and promoted by Think Music India. The song was recorded by the all artistes from the comforts of their homes and was later put together by Ghibran.[2]

The lyrics of the song talk about the need to use our heart and intelligence to battle the crisis. It also tells us that selfless love is the key to overcome any kind of obstacle that we face in life.[3] The video also features visuals of the mass exodus of migrant labourers from cities across the country.



Music director Ghibran said, “One day, Kamal Haasan and I got talking. It was his idea to come up with an anthem about how the world would function post the coronavirus crisis. He suggested that I compose a tune and he would pen the lyrics for the same.” Kamal Haasan asked two-three days time to write the lyrics but ended up giving it in just three hours.[4]

Ghibran revealed, “We started with Kamal sir’s portion and recorded lines with other singers. The toughest part of the song lies in the chorus. I launched a talent hunt of sorts and chose 37 aspiring singers to sing the chorus. Co-ordinating with them made the whole process interesting and challenging.”[4]

2020 "Arivum Anbum" Himself The song was released on Think Music India YouTube channel on 23 April 2020.
External video
Arivum Anbum - Official Video on YouTube

Release and receptionEdit

The song was released on Think Music India YouTube channel on 23 April 2020.


  1. ^ "Kamal Haasan releases new song Arivum Anbum, states that 'knowledge and love' is the need of the hour". The Hindu. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  2. ^ a b "Kamal Haasan song Arivum Anbum: A reminder that only Wisdom and Love protect human race". The Indian Express. 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  3. ^ "Arivum Anbum: Kamal Haasan-Ghibran's song on coronavirus is an anthem of hope". India Today. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  4. ^ a b "Ghibran on his coronavirus anthem with Kamal Haasan: Arivum Anbum is about the new world and hope". India Today. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-05-11.

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