Rahman, Gulzar to create Hockey Men's World Cup title song
Grammy award winner AR Rahman and legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar are once again collaborating, this time for the official song of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018. The lyrics of the track, titled 'Jai Hind Hind, Jai India', has been penned by the veteran lyricist. The song will have a blend of poetry and pulsating rhythm. Here's more.
"Nothing says India more than our beloved sport hockey. And nothing is more exciting than the world's biggest hockey tournament happening right here, on our turf. The Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018," Rahman said in a statement.
"It's heart-warming to see the entire nation pledge their heartbeats for hockey. As an extension of pledging our heartbeats, Gulzar Sahab and I have created the World Cup Song," Rahman said. "A song that will excite and inspire you. Join me in this celebration of hockey of not just our men in blue but the spirit of the game," he added.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded Rahman and Gulzar for agreeing to compose the title track. "To the genius of Gulzar Sahab, is the magic of Rahman who is currently consumed in composing the tune. As a world cup coup AR Rahman is also directing the music video, which will be shot across hockey heartland of India," he said.
"The song's theme is India, Odisha, and purpose as being loftier than victory or defeat," Patnaik said. "Even as the song is set to release at the Kalinga Stadium Inauguration scheduled for early October, perhaps the high point will be Rahman performing it live at the Opening Ceremony on November 27, his first ever performance in the state," he said.
The 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 15, 2018. A total of 16 countries are participating in the 14th edition of the world tournament. This is the third time that India is hosting the event after having organized it in 1982 in Mumbai and in 2010 in New Delhi.