Now, An Official Anthem For The Tiger
October 19, 2010, Hindustan Times, Mumbai: The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) the new name for Project Tiger, along with the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF), Government of India, have joined hands with lyricist composer-singer Abhishek Ray to come up with the first `official` tiger anthem.
It will be launched in Delhi on October 22.
"Tiger se jungle, jungle se barish, barish se nadiyan, nadiyon se haryali tiger hain to hum bhi hain, tum bhi ho, sara Bharat main hain khushhali...., will be translated into 15 Indian Languages and played on Doordarshan and All India Radio. The accompanying video, fearing Ray and singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, along with `live` footage of wildlife, will be uploaded on the NPCA website.
Number to nature
"The Aircel campaign featuring Stripey the cup created urban awareness but had little connect with the common Indian in the remote villages for whom 1411 tigers were one too many. My song moves from a number to nature to drives home the message that if the tiger goes, he will not go alone, you may soon follow," says Ray, whose song came together in four months flat.
He admits that it`s not a happy song, there`s an underlying threat and it ends on a grey note. "But that was essential because without fear there can be no redemption," adds Ray, who had earlier composed worked on a trilogy of albums with Gulzar, Udaas Paani, Raat, Chand Aur Main and Kab Aate Ho.
Saving our future
“The tiger may be in conflict with the vote bank but it is at the top of the cycle of life.
If they beecame extinct, the eco-system will collapse too and we would put a full stop to our existence." Argues Ray. By saving our national animal, we are saving our future too."
Ray who debuted in Bollywood with the back-ground score of Haasil and is currently working on the scores of Shaagird and Paan Singh Tomar, has also composed a second song on the subject that encompasses a concern which if not addressed today, could be the end of our tomorrows, He says, "The songs goes, "Tiger se jeena sekho, tiger ko jeene do..... Hopefully, it will strike the right chord.