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Is Pratibha Advani the heir apparent?

Is LK Advani's daughter, Pratibha Advani, stepping into her father's shoes? She has been seen actively participating in Advani's yatra -- right from taking care of the logistics to the composition of it's theme song.

patna Updated: Oct 12, 2011 21:45 IST
Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times
Vijay Swaroop,Pratibha Advani,LK Advani

Is LK Advani's daughter, Pratibha Advani, stepping into her father's shoes?

She was formally introduced at Chapra not only as Advani's daughter, but also as the brain behind the composition of the theme song - Ab Bas.

Pratibha, who is accompanying her father on the 38-day Jan Chetna Yatra, has played an important role in the composition of the yatra's song.

"She has visualised the theme of the song," said BJP's national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Rudy introduced Pratibha to the crowd, who acknowledged the cheers with folded hands.

Pratibha accompanied her father throughout on the rath.

"Ab Bas isn't just a song. It's the resonating expression against corruption in the heart of every Indian. The theme song portrays this anger through words, strums and beats, rhythms and chords, echoing the feeling in the hearts of seven hundred million young men and women of India," said Rudy.

Pratibha, in addition to the song, BJP sources said, is also looking after the yatra's logistics and taking care of Advani.

On Wednesday, she was also spotted at the BJP leader's press conference in the state capital for a brief period.

At Ara, she was spotted taking snaps and shooting the entire proceedings on a handycam.

Ab Bas has been visualised and designed by film maker Mani Shankar. The composition is by music director Gaurav Das Gupta, arranged by Roshan and Sachin and sung by Raja Hasan. Manthan has penned the lyrics with creative inputs from Prasoon Joshi, Pratibha Advani and Mani Shankar.

Facts on the Jan Chetna Yatra theme song
The three-minute theme song of Jan Chetna Yatra begins with an address by LK Advani.

The song resonates with the current genre of young India - with acoustic guitars, drums, violins, tabla, and keyboards to express the angst of the singer.

It asks - "When we see how corruption has eaten into our vitals, sucked out the life blood of our nation, how should we feel? When we consider how our own leaders have looted us to the tune of lakhs of crores of Rupees, what emotion are we expected to have?

It adds: That is the emotion of the nation today. That's the rising rhythm in a billion plus hearts.

The unique aspect of this song is that it was done voluntarily, for no monetary consideration and as a small contribution for a great national cause, BJP sources claimed.

First Published: Oct 12, 2011 20:41 IST