Odisha government have tied up with lyricist and poet Gulzar and legendary music composer A R Rahman to compose the official song for Hockey Men’s World Cup, which will be held in Bhubaneswar in November.
CM @Naveen_Odisha announced the creative collaboration of legendary composer @arrahman and poet Gulzar for Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 anthem. AR Rahman will perform the anthem live during the #Odisha2018 opening ceremony. #HockeySongByRahmanGulzar pic.twitter.com/eA0Vc4UtMY
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) September 21, 2018
This year’s Men’s Hockey World Cup, which is the 14th edition of the tournament, is scheduled to be held from 28th November to 16th December, at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the news on Twitter yesterday,
“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 #HeartBeatsForHockey”
The song, titled “Jai Hind, Jai India”, will focus on the message ‘purpose is loftier than victory or defeat’.
Happy to announce that the genius of @arrahman is not only composing #HockeySongByRahmanGulzar but in a goodwill gesture the maestro & team will direct the #HWCMusicVideo of #Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup #Bhubaneswar2018. Let the magic flow! #HeartBeatsForHockey#AbBasHockey pic.twitter.com/78MK8KD2wA
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 22, 2018
The video that will accompany this song will be shot in hockey hubs across the nation. Rahman himself will perform the song live at the World Cup Opening Ceremony on 27th November in Bhubaneswar.
Sreeejesh P. R., captain of the Indian Hockey team also expressed his excitement for the music icon composing an official song for World Cup 2018.
— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) September 22, 2018
Both Gulzar and Rahman have been awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan. Gulzar has also been conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke award.