by Sampson Nanton
The chairman of a Mumbai-based US$20 billion company operating in more than 100 countries, has tweeted that Trinidad and Tobago has topped his vacation wish-list after he viewed the Chutney Soca tune 'Nack Ah Ting' by Raymond Ramnarine and DilENadan.
The businessman is billionaire Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the Mahindra Group, which operates 25 industries including aerostructures, automotive, clean energy, construction equipment, farm equipment, rural housing finance, defence, steel and real estate, and employs over 250,000 people.
The Group contains over 150 companies and Mahindra has a net worth of US$2.2 billion.
On Monday, Mahindra shared the DilENadan video on his Twitter account of 9.6 million people under what he called 'Monday Motivation'.
"This isn’t the usual, #MondayMotivation type of reflection. But I think it guarantees an upbeat start to the week! And Trinidad goes to the top of my vacation destination wish-list," he said.
The clip he shared was 2.20 minutes long and featured the band performing their song, which premiered on December 18, 2020.
The video, filmed on the bank of a river, involved a game of All Fours and a liming group dancing and singing.
It has been viewed over 3.8 million times on Youtube.
An article published by www.ndtv.com titled 'Anand Mahindra Shares Upbeat Indian-Trinidadian Fusion Mashup' described DilENadan's Youtube song as "a dynamic video song from Trinidad that has some popular Hindi tracks blended perfectly with indigenous music."
"As the camera pans around, singer Raymond Ramnarine is seen rapping in English. However, he soon blends some old Hindi songs including Deewana Hua Badal from the film Kashmir Ki Kali and Pal Bhar Ke Liye from Johny Mera Naam," it noted.
As of today, it was viewed 198,800 times on Mahindra's Twitter feed.
"Superb mix and match of the very famous reggae music from the West Indies the land of silver sand, clean beaches, hip hop & rap with mindblowing old Hindi songs Simbly superbhh," one Mahindra follower, Nitin Terdalkar said.
Another follower Yogesh Barot added, "Thank sir, For me, this should be played on Friday afternoon to setup mood for the weekend start but for genius this will played as start of the week to setup tampo high for the entire week."
"Going there for sure," said Ray.
Mahindra is included by Fortune Magazine among the 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' and was in the magazine's 2011 listing of Asia's 25 most powerful businesspeople.
He was noted by Forbes (India) as their 'Entrepreneur of the Year' for 2013 and was given the Padma Bhushan Award, the third highest civilian award in India, in January 2020.
Anand Mahindra's tweet
DilENadan is a premier T&T-based Indo-Caribbean/Chutney-Soca Crossover band, that also delivers authentic East Indian classical, Bollywood and pop.
Lead vocalist Raymond Ramnarine is considered to be one of the biggest stars in the Chutney Soca industry.
The band has been dominating the music scene for over a decade with high energy and entertaining music.