As people are restricted to their homes due to Covid-19, music is an obvious source of relief. Many have creating songs to raise awareness about the virus and the latest is a Hindustani classical singer, who has come up with a piece for those staying at home, and its being shared widely.
Sandeep Ranade, from Pune in Maharashtra, recently came up with a piece urging people to stay indoors and practice social distancing.
Composed in Raga Basant and in Taal Addha-Teentaal, the musician created a piece telling people: “Let’s work from home, but let’s not freak out. Let’s conquer Corona, before the havoc it’ll wreak.”
Watch his piece titled ‘Na karo, corona na karo’ here:
Ranade explained the motive behind the piece. “In the current atmosphere that’s full of fear, depression, stress and worry, I thought I should seek the positive, be optimistic. I feel strongly that working together, not just as a community, or a nation, but as the entire world, we can beat this pandemic, and conquer coronavirus!” he said in an email to indianexpress.com.
Adding that as a classical vocalist, he creates compositions inspired by events in his life, he wanted to create a “short but memorable” message that people will remember while staying at home. “The song was simply an expression of this sentiment,” he said.
Explaining his choice of raga, he added, “It has been composed in Raga Basant as you know we are entering spring, or Basant Ritu, the season that brings about positive change, new life, new energy for the future. The raga also is similarly uplifting, positive and energetic, a fitting raga for the message.”
He said that the melody and the lyrics came to him quite spontaneously very late and night and he just recorded it on his phone, so he didn’t forget. Next day, after a few practice runs, he finally recorded it and posted online and shared among friends and family but didn’t anticipate it to go viral.
“I started getting messages from people all over the world in a few minutes of my posting the video saying that my video was a ray of sunshine, that it lifted their spirits, that the advice in the video was so much easier to remember and follow in a song form, that it touched their hearts, that they can’t stop singing the song all day long,” Ranade said.
Earlier this month, while a group of women went viral for their song ‘Corona bhaag ja’, another one from a jagrata sung by legendary bhajan singer, Narendra Chanchal was also widely shared on social media.
Another song by a young singer to the tune of Camila Cabello’s popular song “Havana” also won plaudits online.
Globally, the pandemic has killed over 10,000 people and every day new cases are still being reported around the globe.
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