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Rahman promises to go beyond Waka Waka... with CWG song

entertainment Updated: Aug 17, 2010 14:13 IST

It will be another 10 days before the Commonwealth Games theme song is officially launched, but Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman has promised it would be worth the wait as his Yaaro India bula liya... will be unlike anything heard before. Rahman said the song would go beyond Shakira's chart-buster for this year's soccer World Cup Waka waka...

"I have been working on the song for the past six months. It is sung in my voice with a chorus. I promise that it will be a big part of the celebration," he said. Rahman, however, refused to give details about the song beyond the opening line Yaaro India bula liya..., saying it would be better if it is launched properly.

“I can’t reveal much because I have to tweak the lyrics a bit and add some sound elements. But the song is about India, about energy, winning and not giving up. We want the crowd to sing along with us at the opening ceremony. It is simple but not simplistic,” he said.

And will it overshadow Shakira's popular football World Cup anthem Waka Waka...? Rahman answered, “It is not Waka Waka. We wanted to go beyond it.”

Other plans
Rahman has also planned an orchestra and a dedication to the country’s cultural heritage and Mahatma Gandhi. “I have cancelled all my prior engagements to prepare this theme so you can understand how serious I am,” he added.

Rahman said that he was initially apprehensive about whether the Group Of Ministers (GOM) would like the song. “I was a little scared because the GOM consists of senior people, but they approved of it,” he said. Organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said the theme would make every Indian proud.