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Indian cultural relations council joins fight against Covid-19


Published : 15 May 2020 09:47 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:54 AM

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) brings together composers, musicians and singers from across India, contributing recordings from their homes, in a beautiful musical creation “United we Fight”, says a press release. 

Written and composed by Joe Alvares, vocals by Usha Uthup, Salim Merchant, Shefali Alvares Rashid, Benny Dayal, Sonam Kalra, Chandan Bala Kalyan, Joe Alvares, Salome and Samira, and music by Tubby, Pandit Ravi Chari, Pandit Rakesh Chaurasiya and Ustad Faisal Qureshi, this song is a rendition weaving English lyrics into the notes and beats of Indian classical music, spreading the essence of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the world is one family. 

It carries with it the message of hope, joy, resilience, fighting spirit and never say die attitude of all in our collective fight against Covid-19. 

This composition is an expression of deep appreciation and gratitude to all brave Covid-19 warriors world over risking their lives to protect ours. It is a homage to all the artists and performers who represent the cultural legacy of countries and who contribute to keep our cultural heritage vibrant and alive, especially in these difficult times. 

It is a tribute to and recognition of the countless individuals who are silently helping neighbours, strangers and people around them in these times of distress. A message to the world that TOGETHER we shall surely win the fight against the Corona virus and many such challenges that humanity and the human race faces. 

Light a candle, cheer the frontline workers, donate for the needy, spare time for the elderly, be available to volunteer; whichever way, we hope you enjoy this rendition and be inspired enough to continue this “united fight”. 

This song is dedicated to the world by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India. ICCR is MEA’s autonomous organization mandated to build international understanding, develop closer cultural relations between India and other countries and project India’s soft power abroad.