Students of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad paid a tribute to the world of Mughals by creating a cool rap song to emphasise on national integrity and peaceful co-existence. The song was created under the guidance of Arun Gupta and Prahlad Gopakumar as part of the students’ Open Elective course. It starts with one of the students, Hannah, asking the questions — ‘Why is the generation suffering from identity crisis? And victims of so many biases? What make a Hindustani? Is it colour? Language? Religion? Or status in economy?’ Thereafter, the students rap about the Mughal era, the Sultanate, how Babur came to India in the 1520s, about the capable Humayun, righteous Akbar, his son Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb.
“The main objective of our faculty was to debunk the idea of Mughals being termed as “outsiders” because India is a land of assimilation and a melting pot. Who we are today are because of the layers of the past that was built. One cannot judge the past from a modern perspective. Hence, this was a topic apt to talk about in the current scene. Hence our elective “Mughlai Wrap” will celebrate what the Mughals have done to add to that melting pot. We also took the medium of HipHop music to convey our message as hip hop is a culture in itself that reinvents things and talk about situations that are critical,” told Hannah Mary George, one of the students who was a part of the video, to indianexpress.com.