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Waiting for the anthem

The Games’ theme song remains a mystery even on the day of its launch.

music Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:36 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Hindustan Times

It’s touted to be India’s version of

Waka Waka

. But, less than 50 days before The Commonwealth Games, Delhiites have no idea what the theme song for the much-anticipated event sounds like. The frustration was only compounded on Monday when, at an event to unveil the anthem, no promo for the same was aired. To make matters worse, neither the organisers, nor AR Rahman, who has composed the theme song for the Games, gave out any details, barring a couple of words. “I urge everyone to be patient and wait for at least 10 days,” Rahman said.

When members of the media insisted on more details, Rahman remained elusive, and spoke only in broad generalisation. “I’ve been working on the song for the past six months — it’s energetic, and will get everyone hooked. We are still tweaking the lyrics and we want this song to go further than

Waka Waka

.” Sounds good, Mr Rahman, but anything more concrete? Hardly. “The song is simple but not simplistic. It talks about the spirit of winning and not giving up. It is mostly in Hindi, with some English lyrics.”

AR Rahman


Waka Waka

, the theme song for the soccer World Cup, was unveiled months before the event, so that the world could acquaint itself with the song. “The anthem should’ve been out by July,” rues Sukhmeet Kaur, a teacher. “Rahman should understand the anxieties of the nation and stop procrastinating like this,” says Priya Sharma, BPO employee.

First Published: Aug 16, 2010 17:19 IST