Earth Day: Eight renowned vocalists come together to make multilingual song Dharti Ma

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Leading classical vocalists and musicians have come together to compose a song Dharti Ma in eight languages. The song will celebrate the Earth at a time when the world is facing a health crisis.

With the Earth Day commemorating its 50th anniversary amid an almost-global lockdown, eight leading artistes have collaborated to present the song Dharti Ma which is a tribute to the Earth. Composed by Amrit Ramnath, the song is an amalgamation of different styles and has been sung in eight languages that span the length and breadth of the country.

“Music can create a glimmer of hope, it’s a language that can reach everybody. Music heals, it is a prayer and considering the very challenging times that we are going through, we wish for everyone’s good health and well being through these notes and melody,” says Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, a noted Carnatic music vocalist and ambassador of the Earth Day Network.

Presenting the song are noted singers—Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Hansraj Hans, Shankar Mahadevan, Mahesh Kale, Abhishek Raghuram, Shweta Mohan, MD Pallavi and Abhay Jodhpurkar. Each one of them singing in different languages to make a composition that is universal in its appeal. The song is sung in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. “Each one’s style is different and relevant to the language they are singing in,” says Jayashri.

The composition resonates with the haunting melody presented by several musicians playing the violin, guitar, percussion, tabla and mridangam. “Music unites people across borders, regardless of whether they speak the same language or not. In this moment of acute climate crisis, humanity needs to speak in one voice to protect our common home, Earth. The song is a gift to all who inhabit Earth,” says Karuna Singh, Regional Director Asia, Earth Day Network.

These musicians united in an attempt to save and protect the Earth. While large parts of the song were completed before the nation went into a lockdown, the singers successfully worked together to complete the composition. “We have unfortunately landed ourselves in such a situation. After this, everything will change forever, the way we look at things, the way we do things. Through this crisis, the Earth is throwing up challenges and telling us that we need to preserve it. We must remember that the Earth will outlive us and we must do our all to protect it,” says Jayashri.

Kaushiki Chakraborty, a popular classical vocalist and ambassador of Earth Day Network believes that Dharti Ma will help “raise the awareness amongst people for our Mother Earth and the necessity of taking care of her and leave a better planet for generations to come.”

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