Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that Grammy and Academy award winning musician AR Rahman and lyricist Gulzar will collaborate for the official song of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018.
The chief minister took to the twitter and wrote: “Delighted to announce that India’s pride @arrahman is creating official #HWC2018 Song with the legendary #Gulzar Sahab. At the Opening Ceremony of #HWC2018 Rahman will perform it Live, his first performance in Odisha. Let the musical symphony create magic”.
According to reports, Gulzar Sahab has penned the lyrics of the track titled “Jai Hind Hind, Jai India”, and Rahman is consumed in composing the music which will enthrall the audience with its blend of poetry and rhythm.
“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. A song that will excite and inspire, as also get you on your feet. Join me in this celebration of hockey — of not just our men in blue but the spirit of the game, the spirit of universal oneness,” he added.
Rahman is also directing the song’s video, which will be shot across the hockey heartlands of India. The song is set to release at the Kalinga Stadium inauguration scheduled for early October.
Adding to the delight, Rahman will be performing it live at the opening ceremony of the mega sports event on November 27, his first ever performance in the state.
The Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 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 tournament.
This is the third time India is hosting the event after having organised it in 1982 in Mumbai and in 2010 in New Delhi.