Msic director GV Prakash Kumar and Arunraja Kamaraj (of Kabali fame) have come up with a single ‘Kombu Vechcha Singamda’, in support of jallikattu, the ancient bull-taming sport which was banned last year by the Supreme Court. The song will be released on January 14.
Arunraja tells CE, “Jallikattu is much more than a sport. People who own bulls and cows will know what I am talking about. Everyone has misconception about the issue.”
He adds how banning the sport will erase the identity of Tamils. “I belong to Thanjavur and can relate to the cause. Before people speak against something, they need to get their facts right. It’s a breeding science.
Nobody forces bull owners to participate in jallikattu. Because they know why this is being done. They all share a unique bond with the animals. Stopping this will lead to the eradication of the entire species,”
The lyricist, who has also crooned some portion of the song, adds, “If everyone is concerned about ‘animal cruelty’, why does nobody questions the age-old practices that they have in temples?”
For instance, many cows have been slaughtered and offered to the gods, he points out.
Arunraja shares that the revenue they earn through the downloads of this song will be given to the farmers. “I am deeply disturbed by farmers’ suicide. This is our way of contributing something towards their welfare.”