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Britons of Indian origin have composed a lilting song for the England team.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 11:28 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar (IANS)
Prasun Sonwalkar (IANS)

Britons of Indian origin have composed a lilting song in Hindi in support of David Beckham and the England football team - egging the players on to bring the World Cup home.

Radio presenter Sunny Kapoor hit upon the idea during his show on Kismat Radio, a popular radio station for south Asians here.

Kapoor, who is also known for his singing talents, wrote the lyrics and contacted music producers Devinder Sudera and Ashvinder Mann. The song was composed soon after and recorded within a day.

The song, which has a duration of little over three minutes, is interspersed with extracts from commentary of football matches and a passage in rap.

It has backing vocals by Nisha Sharma, and begins thus:

"Khelo khelo, josh mein khelo
Germany se World Cup lelo
World Cup hamara hai
Beckham ka sahara hai
Ao dikhaye jeet ke hum
Kismat ka ishara hai

Reports say that over 100 songs have been composed recently in support of the England team. This is the first song to be composed in Hindi or any Asian language, and is already a hit with listeners on Kismat Radio.

"It all began with a laugh during the show. I said to my co-presenter we must have a Hindi song and before the show ended we had the opening lines ready," Kapoor told the newly launched website

As a singer, Kapoor has performed at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and Shaftesbury Theatre.

"We are getting a very positive feedback and lot of people are downloading it from our website and we are having a lot of response from India through our website," Kapoor said.

Conventional wisdom says that Britain's Asian community is more interested in cricket than football, but Kapoor says this is not true.

"Speak to an average Asian on the street and they are always talking about their favourite club such as Arsenal or Chelsea," he said.

"And because India and Pakistan are not in the World Cup their natural loyalty lies with the English team," he added.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 11:07 IST

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