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‘First Carnatic Song To Trend On YouTube’

Carnatic singer T.M. Krishna talks about his music video Poromboke (a pejorative Tamil word, also meaning ‘common land resources’), on Chennai’s environment issues, that has gone viral on social media

‘First Carnatic Song To Trend On YouTube’ Photograph by R.A. Chandroo

How did the smash-hit Chennai Poromboke Paadal happen?

It’s a coming together of two internal and mutual conversations. Environmental activist Nityanand Jayaraman, the brain behind the idea to a large extent, had taken me on an early morning trip to the north of Chennai and I saw the fly ash ponds and it was shocking. The other discourse that I have been having internally is the whole idea of de-classing the arts.

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