Kailash Kher on singing Bharat Ke Veer Anthem: I love my soil, and I can die for my motherland
Musician Kailash Kher, best known for his songs Teri Deewani and Allah Ke Bande, is ready with an anthem for home ministry’s Bharat Ke Veer initiative; calls it his ‘career’s most passionate project’music Updated: Jan 19, 2018 15:19 IST
Singer Kailash Kher has given his soulful voice to anthems for campaigns such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and Beti Padhao, but he says the anthem for Bharat Ke Veer initiative “is completely different from the rest”. As a part of the initiative, the Home Ministry has set up a website to allow people to directly transfer funds to martyred soldiers’ families.
Ahead of the launch of the website and the song by actor Akshay Kumar on Saturday (January 20), Kailash says he is extremely proud of the song. “This, by far, is my career’s most passionate project. I have sung for many campaigns but this song is completely different from the rest. Everyone talks about encouraging our soldiers to fight and be brave but no one really salutes them for their bravery and what they do for this country [by means of a song],” says Kher.
“I love my soil, and I can die for my motherland. This soil has made me, and I would do everything in my power to make sure that people respect those who sacrifice their lives to save our country-men,” Kher adds.
The singer considers it his responsibility to compose songs for such “unique and important causes”, which help the nation realise that someone is willing to put their life on the line to protect their lives. “If they were only working for salaries, they wouldn’t be there protecting people when there’s a natural calamity. Have you ever wondered what makes them save lives of people from an earthquake or floods? It’s because they believe that they have to protect us, no matter what the situation or problem is. It’s this passion that I want to salute, and I think it’s my responsibility to make the nation aware about what our soldiers are doing for us and our motherland,” he maintains.
It took Kher a little over a month to write, compose and mix the entire song. “I got a call from the Home Ministry in December, and they asked if I would want to contribute. I wrote the lyrics, composed the song and produced it in over one month. Usually, when one is asked to contribute a song for such causes, people tend to cut corners and not do justice to it. But for this song, since it was very close to my heart, I went the extra mile to make it special. For instance, I have used over 50 musicians in just the strings section of the song. That’s how special it is,” explains Kher.
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First Published: Jan 19, 2018 15:19 IST