For music activist Sashi Preetham, a song dedicated to the Indian Army was always on his “to-do” list. And with a recent push from R.V. Ramana Murthy, chairman, AP State Cultural Council, Preetham’s long-standing dream materialised.
Sarhadon ki Shaan, which was released recently, was tweaked to add a verse on the recent Uttarakhand relief operation. The lyrics written by Urdu poet Meraj Faizabadi, reflects a never-seen-before cultural token of appreciation for the Indian armed forces from the city.
“When I saw the lyrics, I was taken aback. They were heart-warming and I needed to do justice,” says Preetham.
“The song aims at rebuilding the lost connect between the nation and the defence forces. Patriotic sentiment has diminished in the youth of today,” adds Preetham, who has worked on several songs with social messages under the title Hope Wings.
Music, he believes, is the best way to send out strong messages as the impulses of sound and their responses are instinctual to all of us.
There were, however, challenges and disappointments with this track. “We wanted the legend, Lata Mangeshkar, to sing the song, at least the initial bit. But she wasn’t able to make it. So she sent us a voice message instead,” he shares.
“The song is not slated for a commercial release”, he ends.