Bhubaneswar: Music maestro A.R. Rahman will create the official song for Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup-2018 while acclaimed lyricist Gulzar will pen the song.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said Rahman is scheduled to perform the official song live at the Kalinga Stadium here during the opening ceremony of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018.
It will be Rahman’s first performance in the state.
Odisha government roped in Oscar-winning music director Rahman for composing the song titled “Jai hind hind, jai India”.
“We are delighted to have Rahman compose the song for the Odisha Hockey World Cup. It will be an honour to have him perform live in Bhubaneswar. He is the voice of India and now with this song, the voice of India is the voice of the world cup,” said the Chief Minister.
“We are also fortunate to have Gulzar Sahab add his poetic magic to the composition. Coming together of these two legends will not only inspire the players but will also get the entire nation together to support this wonderful game unfolding in Odisha at the world cup,” he added.
Delighted to announce that India’s pride @arrahman is creating official #HWC2018 Song with the legendary #Gulzar Sahab. At the Opening Ceremony of #HWC2018 Rahman will perform it Live, his first performance in Odisha. Let the musical symphony create magic#HeartBeatsForHockey pic.twitter.com/tt1Khwa5UG
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 21, 2018
Rahman is also directing the song’s video, which will be shot across the hockey heartlands of India. The song is set to release at the Kalinga Stadium inauguration scheduled for early October.