Lyricist Vairamuthu recently quoted a foreign publication​ ​which said that ​religious icon ​Andal belongs to Devadasi community.​ Andal was the only woman among the 12 Tamil poet-mystics of South India called the Alwars.​​​ This has led to stiff opposition from right wing Hindu groups and BJP.​ ​Protests and effigy burning have been reported in some parts of the state.​ ​They are demanding that the lyricist apologize for hurting the sentiments of people.

Vairamuthu conceded and offered the following statement

“I only quoted a line from the research work of Indiana University. I don’t have intention to hurt the sentiments of anyone”

Many have condemned including comedian Vivek