With 23 days remaining, the Commonwealth Games finally have something ready. But no, it's not a stadium or a shooting range. It’s the songs that will be belted out during the sporting event, which have been composed.
And there are four artistes crooning for Games glory. Model-turned-singer Shibani Kashyap, entrepreneur-cum-singer Vikramjit Singh Sahney and singer Milind collaborated to bring out a tri-lingual song on Shera, the Games mascot.
Chak de Shera, as the song is titled, has a peppy tempo and a mix of traditional Punjabi dholak and rock-n-roll style drum-guitar combo, adding an eclectic touch to the composition.
After Palash Sen’s theme song Dilli Meri Jaan and A.R. Rahman’s Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto, it’s bhangra king Daler Mehandi’s turn to welcome teams and tourists with his number Khel Le. Mehandi gave the maiden performance of Khel Le at the Delhi Secretariat, where the Tourism department launched its new website.
However, with Rahman’s song Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto failing to leave an impression on either the government or the masses, Mehandi tried to prove a point by dedicating his song to Delhi "free of cost".
"I got just three days to compose this song and I hope you like it. If I were given more time, I would have certainly given you a much better composition," Daler Mehandi said.
"This song brings out the festive spirit of the Games. I hope foreign tourists would also enjoy it," said M.S. Gill, Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, after releasing the song.