Besides depression and anxiety, the lockdown has also given us time to practice our hobbies, which has led to many people showing off their hidden talents that the world really craves at present.
Among these people is a migrant worker named Duleswar Tandi, who is now an internet sensation for his raps written on the plight of migrant workers.
Tandi, 27, is a science graduate and migrant worker also known as rapper Dule Rocker across social media. Tandi is a resident of Odisha and had returned home a day before the nationwide lockdown.
“I have travelled as a migrant worker to Kerala and Chhattisgarh, among other places. In Raipur, I wiped tables and worked as a newspaper delivery boy. In Kerala, I did odd jobs to survive. So I know what prompted migrant workers to walk for hundreds of kilometres to reach home,” Tandi told TOI.
All the experience he talks about above has promoted him to write raps about the ones he understands so well. Tandi says he raps songs in Kosali, Hindi and English. His songs ‘Hashtag Farmer’,’Doctor’ and ‘Sarkar jabab de’ have taken the Internet by storm.
Interestingly, many personalities like Priyanka Chopra, Vishal Dadlani and more have covered him and want to work with him.
Tandi goes on to add that he doesn’t remember when he started writing these songs and says he didn’t even know that these are called raps.
Further, he adds that he has also got offers from many musicians but he doesn’t want to accept them and the reason behind it shows his morals.
He says “I know they will give me a lot of money, but they’ll make me write about alcohol and women. I will never do that”.
Tandi’s talent even caught the attention of Vishal Dadlani who tweeted, “This is incredible! @DuleRocker, if you need help producing/ recording/ releasing your music, get in touch. I’ll do what I can. I’m sure we all will!”
You can watch more of his work here.