On February 5, Sofia Ashraf, the dimunitive but bold 28-year-old, once again used her rapping talents to protest against Sasikala, the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

While angry protesters opposing Sasikala's elevation to CM stuck to Twitter and Facebook to voice their anger, Ashraf, along with her crew, went to the CM's house late on Sunday night and rapped angrily to express their dissent.

"Chennai has been in a state of turmoil for the past few years. But electing a person, who had not even contested in the elections was a tipping point for us", Ashraf, told International Business Times, India. "What we did was in the spirit of democracy, but what AIDMK did is unconstitutional", she added.

Known as the "The Burqa Rapper", Ashraf has also rapped in protest against the Dow's failure to compensate victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, and has crticised the mercury pollution in Kodaikanal caused by a thermometer factory owned by Unilever.

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Her musical protest "Kodaikanal Won't" not only fetched her fame, but also justice for 591 employees of the thermometer factory who received monetary compensation.

Sofia Ashraf
Sofia Ashraf in the video 'Any Good News?'PR Handout

While talking to IBTimes India, Ashraf said that her greatest inspiration is Nityanand Jayaraman, a writer, researcher and a part of an anti-corporate collective called Vettiver Koottamaippu (Collective).

She has also recorded a song in the Bollywood movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and the Tamil movie Maryan, for music director A R Rahman, and for Santhosh Kumar in his Tamil film Inimey Ippadithan.

Ashraf, who creates content for Culture Machine, emphasised the need for the youth to stand up against the Chennai government. "My objective was to get the ball rolling. Now the youth should carry it forward," Ashraf told IBTimes India.

Here are the full lyrics to the song, as given by Ashraf.


Kaasu Adikura

Lanjam Pudungura


Katchi Maarudhu

Ooru Innum Naarudhu


Therdhal Mudindhidhu

Virakthi Koodudhu


Poi Vaaku Urudhigal

Ilavasa Thittangal


Vun Kitte Udhavi Ketenna

Unnoda Padhavi Ketenna


Ooru Poora Vun Vetti Eetu

Ooru Pakkam Konjam Yetti Paaru

Vottu-illaama Verum Vetti Pechu

Poi Vaaku Verum Kaathu (2)

Hey Inga Yaarum Seri Ille

Yen Vottu Vonnakille



Bribe monger


Switching sides

The city still stinks


The elections are done

The desperation rises


False promises



Did I ask you for aid?

Did I ask you for your seat?

The city is filled with your cut outs

Step into the hood for once

Weak prattle for the sake of votes

Lies. Just gas.

Hey. Nobody's good enough here.

My vote wasn't for you.


Nee theruvu ore varra pore

Kalavaram parappure

Vun arakiyal arangore

Ippo yenna thara pore?

Vote-illaama therndhu edutha

Amaichar ellaam theva ille

Vida vida valarum

Vara vara puriyum

Pada pada vedikkum

Thadai ida varuvom


You come and go by my streets

Spreading riots

Your Manifesto is half baked

What are you gonna offer now?

Ministers who have been elected

Without elections are not welcome.

As you let things be, it'll grow...

As it proceeds, you'll understand...

It will spark and obliterate ...

We will put an end to this

*blows conch*

Democracy is dead!

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