Mumbai: Popular rapper Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer, better known by his stage name EPR, from Kolkata, has composed a new music track about religious intolerance that features the controversial “Sar tan se Juda” slogan and the horrific murder of Hindu tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, in Udaipur.
EPR, a famous MTV Hustle artivizt (a mixture of artist and activist) has condemned the murder of Kanhaiyalal through a social media post as well whilst supporting BJP leader Nupur Sharma. Posting his “protest poetry” on social media, he captioned “Bachao mere desh ko kattarwad ke bhoot se [Save my country from religious extremism]! Soul of Indian culture is unity and peace. Extremism has no place whatsoever.”
Referring to the incident, he has also mentioned, in his rap “Bahane kapde silwane ke, they split his head across; Police ki laparwahi in murder prevention, dhamkiyan ignored–communal tensions.”
EPR Iyer has frequently addressed social issues:
However, this is not the first time that EPR has used his rap to address social issues. EPR, who is currently a Squad Boss on the second season of the reality show MTV Hustle, has always been vocal on issues such as farmer suicides, Gauri Lankesh and her murder, communal politics, etc.
The song has received mixed reactions on social media. Many people appear to have enjoyed his song, while some requested that Union Minister Amit Shah to provide him with security. While another section of the audience accused him of taking Kanhaiya Lal’s name for his personal gains.