Rikki Jai is an Trinidadian chutney-soca artiste. He was born Samraj Jaimungal, the fifth child in an East Indian family of six in Friendship Village, San Fernando, Trinidad. Raised in the Hindu faith by a mother who spoke Hindi, Jai discovered a love of music and began performing with local Indian bands Triveni and Naya Andaz. His as calypso career began in 1989 on the Spektakula Forum stage with a song by Gregory Ballantyne titled "Sumintra". The song about a East Indian woman who told her boyfriend about her preference of Soca over the Indian artist Lata Mangeshkar became an instant hit.