(Staff Reporter)

Assamese song released on YouTube as a tribute to COVID warriors

The year 2020 was a most unprecedented  one in human history which none can ever forget. The COVID-19 pandemic, together with the consequent prolonged lockdowns, brought normal life across the globe to a grinding halt. The economies went for a toss, hitting mass livelihoods severely. The deadly coronavirus also claimed human lives in large numbers. The contagion reminded all of us, among other things, of the vital role of the doctors and health workers in fighting the invisible and deadly coronavirus. Rising to the occasion, the doctors, paramedics, the cleaners and the entire medical fraternity in fact took risks and put their own lives in jeopardy to keep patients safe from the outbreak. Indeed, the matching response shown by the medical fraternity was a major factor that helped contain the pandemic across regions, including in Assam.

Keeping in mind the sacrifice and the dedication of the doctor fraternity in warding off the pandemic, a unique Assamese song Mandir Masjid has been released on YouTube as an ode to the COVID-19 warriors.

The main objective behind the launch of the song was to highlight the inspiring role of the medical fraternity and infuse motivation and positivity in everyone. It provides an ode to the brave COVID-19 warriors across India and the world.

The song was recorded with the voice of youth icon Zubeen Garg. The evocative lyrics have been penned by poet Meghali Gogoi and set to tune by music director Partha Pratim Das. The music video directed by Anuprash Das has been beautifully choreographed by Raj Sangma and Nabanita Choudhury, capturing the essence of the thoughts sought to be portrayed by the number.

Initially the number was penned as a poem by Meghali titled ‘Subhrabarmi Sainik Bandhusokololoi’ and dedicated to the doctors in the Cotton College 1987-89 batch. It was also webcast through the NGO Prerona in YouTube. Later the poem was shaped into a lyric and set to tune in view of its universal appeal of humanism.

“This is a moving lyric with a matching music. It comes with a very relevant message and the inherent humanism in it impressed me a lot and I am happy to have lent my voice to this beautiful number – an ode to the COVID warriors,” Zubeen says.

On February 5, 2021, the music video of Mandir Masjid was released on YouTube Channel:  Jhankaar – The Musical Channel.

After the release of the song, it has become an instant hit with viewers and listeners. The song is also available on JioSaavn, Spotify, Amazon music, Wynk Music, Gana, and Hungama along with many other digital platforms.