‘Our song Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam will hopefully provide that hope.’
Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota is keeping himself busy during the lockdown.
While his bhajans are being played across homes in India and abroad, Anup has joined hands with 210 other singers for what we can safely consider the ultimate lockdown song.
“The idea for the song came from several brainstorming and jamming sessions on the telephone and video conferencing,” Anup tells Subhash K Jha.
“Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam is composed by Shankar Mahadevan and the words are written by Prasoon Joshi,” he says.
“There are 211 of us singing this historic song. Asha Bhosleji has sung with us, and what a privilege to have her enthusiastic vocal presence at her age. She is incredibly motivating,” says Anup.
“We sang our lines from our homes which were then merged into one free-flowing stream of collective emotions,” adds Anup.
“We all need hope. We all need to believe in that dawn after a dark night. Jayatu Jayatu Bharatam will hopefully provide that hope,” he says.
All the proceeds from this historic song will go to needy singers.
Says Anup, “The song is an initiative of the Indian Singers Rights Association. So much is done for lyric writers by the Indian Performing Rights Society Ltd. But nothing is done for singers.”
“We feel it’s time we did something for our fellow singers specially at a time like this when many singers are jobless.”
Photograph: Kind courtesy Asha Bhosle/Twitter