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Sukhwinder sings for athletes

music Updated: Aug 03, 2012 18:55 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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A month ago, Sukhwinder Singh recorded a motivational song for the Olympics,

‘Iss baar Tiranga


mein phehraigi’

(This time the tri-colour will fly high in London) and was gratified to see it come true when shooter Gagan Narang bagged a bronze. “I’m sure we will win at least 10 medals in various sports,” says the composer-singer, adding that he’d like to salute the passion of these athletes, along with their performances. “Abhinav Bindra is a hero even though he couldn’t defend his Beijing gold.”

He says that the song, composed by Salim-Sulaiman for Sahara, along with the video that boasts of Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, is playing in London, boosting the morale of the Indian athletes.

“I’m glad that after ‘Chak de India’, Salim-Sulaiman thought of me for this song because I’m an athlete myself with a 12.68 seconds record in 100 metres,” says Sukhwinder, hours before leaving for a concert tour in Australia and New Zealand with a special song against racial attacks on ‘friendly’ Indians in Oz.

On the subject of sports, he says that he’s done around seven shows for free, but the money hasn’t gone to the athletes. “Next time, I’ll get the media involved so the money goes where it’s needed.”

108 musicians perform live

Sukhwinder, along with Neha and Sonu Kakkad, recently recorded the title track for a Sunday TV show, Lakhon Mein Ek, aired on Star Plus, with 108 musicians playing live. The song has been penned by Gulzar.

“I’m not against keyboard programming, but I missed the energy and festivity that characterised the scores of Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Pakeezah (1972), which I still find in songs sung at

dargahs, mandirs and gurdwara

,” Sukhwinder. He spent 90 per cent of his fee getting these musicians together for a three-day recording.

Sukhwinder now intends to use these musicians for around 20 songs that he’ll record through the year. He says, “When they heard this, they started clapping. It’s not an experiment. I really want to revive a tradition that is dying out and incorporate it into our modern digital world through TV shows, films and concerts. I want to celebrate another live musical festival soon.”