After posting a series of anonymous direct messages accusing National Award winning lyricist Vairamuthu for sexual harassment, singer Chinmayi has now shared her personal bitter experience with him.
“Year 2005/2006 maybe. Veezhamattom. An album for Srilankan Tamizhs that I had sung in, as had Manikka Vinayagam sir. I dont remember if it was a book or an album release or both now; the performances and launch happened in Switzerland in (Bern / Zurich maybe). We sang. We went to Switzerland. We performed. Everyone left. Only my mother and I were asked to stay back. The organizer (I dont remember his name) asked me to visit Vairamuthu sir in a hotel in Lucerne. I asked why. He told me to cooperate. I refused. We demanded to be sent back to India. He said ‘You wont have a career!’ My mother and I both put our foot down, career vendam mannum vendam. Demanded an earlier flight to India and came back. 3, maybe 4 years ago, he had a book release function & asked me to sing Tamizh Thaai vaazhthu. I said I would be unable to. He in turn responded ‘I ll tell (a politician) you spoke ill of him on stage, yelled at me and kept the phone down. I bawled. My parents in law consoled me. Then had the courage to call his manager back & told him ‘I ll go and tell the same politician you re lying because I have NEVER given a political speech and HE will trust ME. This for refusing to sing. And you ask why victims dont name him?! To hell with those of you who do”, tweeted Chinmayi.
Chinmayi also added that other than Vairamuthu, she didn’t face any such horrific experience in her seventeen-year singing career.
“In 17 years not one man in the industry across languages Hindi Tamil Telugu Malayalam Kannada Marathi has misbehaved. Not one man has indecently messaged me or touched me. My work place is mostly clean save for some bad apples. I call Vairamuthu (Sir) out alone and I dare. Dear industry (And some managers you know who you are). The staff at Vairamuthu sir’s office KNOW. His closest confidants know. They are also his enablers. Vairamuthu sir, you KNOW what you did.With due respect your #TimesUp. I dont care if I ever sing or dub in this industry ever.This is my story. And this is the truth”, wrote the singer on Twitter.
Chinmayi’s bold statement against Vairamuthu is winning hearts, the talented singer also shared a lot of shocking stories on veterans from Carnatic music industry. “South Indian Classical Dance and Music scene B M Sundaram, Pappu Venugopal RaoSunil Kothari, Lokanatha Sarma, T N Seshagopalan, Sasikiran, Ravikiran. My inbox is crawling with stories from people.For you too the #TimesUP”, tweeted Chinmayi.
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