Singing for a noble cause: Amid Covid crisis, renowned singers croon to "soothe the savage beast" and boost spirit of people of the country

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Several well-known artists and singers like Anup Jalota, Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Kailash Kher, Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan, Suresh Wadkar, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Seth have come together for a noble cause to boost the spirit of the entire country when it is grappling with COVID19.

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New Delhi, 19 June: "Honour is the reward of virtue and modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues." - Several renowned artists have extended their greetings and sent their congratulatory messages for the popular Doordarshan show "Jaan bhi, Jahaan bhi" which has already completed its 25 episodes. These artists have come together to promote ‘‘very innovative cultural, musical and entertainment programme’’ being telecast on DD UP. They have been performing for Doordarshan to mitigate the problems being faced by people during the Covid crisis – for a noble social cause without asking for money.
Renowned musician of yesteryears Naushad once said, "Mausiqui tu cheez hai aisi sadabahaar/ Milta hai jis se rooh ko chain, dil ko qaraar.’’ The cultures of antiquity believed that music could bring about a renewal of the divine balance that ideally characterises human life; that it could restore the harmony of the human psyche in times of disquiet and distress. Music was used as a key healing method by the ancient Hindus, Chinese, Persians, Egyptians and Greeks; indeed, Homer’s lliad and Odyssey celebrate the moments when the spread of a plague is halted by ‘‘sacred hymns and Odysseus’’ wounded knee is healed by the ‘‘chanting of lays".
Speaking with Organiser, distinguished playback singer and Padma Bhushan recipient Udit Narayan said, "Main toh apne geeton ke madhyam se logon ke dilon ko sukoon dene ki koshish karta hoon." Congratulating Team DD Lucknow and heaping praise on them, he further said, "I am grateful to DD Lucknow and want to thank them from the core of my heart because they are doing a fabulous job. They’re entertaining people through such a wonderful musical TV programme during the global pandemic COVID-19, the whole of the World including our country is grappling with."
"I pray to God, May this world gets over this crisis soon! The poor and marginalized section of the society is severely affected as they have already run out of money and are struggling to survive. Though our government is doing a lot and it is leaving no stone unturned to mitigate the problems of the poor, the plight of daily wage earners peeves me a lot," he added.
In reply to a question - "in the era of corporate culture, almost everyone tends to convert their time into money, you artists are still performing for free’’, Udit Narayan said, ‘‘Everything must not be seen commercially all the time. For a noble social cause like this, we all have a moral responsibility. I want to do a lot more. Music is a boon of Heaven and I want to entertain the people in distress though my voice…my songs… Jee karta hai jeete ji main yun hi gaata jaaoon/ Gardish me thake haaron ka maatha sehlataa jaaoon."
Well-known playback singer Anup Jalota, popularly known as ‘Bhajan Samrat’ and Padma Shri recipient told Organiser, the entire DD Lucknow Team led by Anurag Pandey is doing a good job and that too in a testing time when the world is grappling with the corona pandemic. My heartiest congratulations to them on the completion of 25 episodes of ‘‘Jaan bhi, Jahaan bhi’’. I wish and pray that they complete 100 episodes.’’
‘‘As a universal curative, music has the power to affect the human organism at the deepest levels; Music can rectify various kinds of emotional disorders; it can even calm an angry mind. Music can bring about such seemingly miraculous effects. It can soothe the senses, invigo- rating its listeners with a notion of the good, filling them with the purposes of the noble and create an atmosphere conducive to philosophical reflection,’’ Jalota added.
Noted singer-composer and Padma Shri recipient Shankar Mahadevan said, ‘‘I am extremely happy to know that the show ‘‘Jaan bhi, Jahaan bhi’’ has completed 25 episodes. When the show started off, none of us would have imagined that it would be appreciated all around the nation so wonderfully. I congratulate the entire team of Doordarshan Lucknow, UP specially Editor, News and Program, Anurag Pandey and Head and Host of the Program Rama Arun Triwedi. Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful show."
"Behad haseen khwab jawaani me dekhiye…" famed Ghazal singer Dev Rathore said, "It’s undoubtedly a very good inspirational programme…a good beginning and I liked it very much. In film industry we keep doing commercial programmes, but this is a programme to preserve our rich literary, art and cultural heritage. Artists from various fields have come forward to convey their message for social welfare through their performances at the same platform. My heartiest congratulations to the entire DD Team specially Anurag ji."
"Ultimately, music can serve as a path to the spirit; by healing and calming the outer personality, it can propel you into the discovery of your self. In so doing, it can act towards a gentle but complete reorganisation of the self. As Claudio Monteverdi, the great composer of operatic music, phrased it – ‘The end of all good music is to affect the soul’," Rathore added.
With an aim to mitigate the problems being faced by people during the lockdown because of the global pandemic COVID-19, the programme is meant to make public aware of COVID-19 and how to deal with it by following social distancing norms, washing hands, remaining indoors etc. During lockdown people are staying home to stay safe and healthy, and these renowned artists are entertaining them with their music and song, responding befittingly to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call – ‘‘Jaan bhi, Jahaan bhi’’. Since artists like Anup Jalota, Hariharan, Udit Narayan, Kailash Kher, Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan, Suresh Wadkar, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Seth are gracing the programme, it has gained a huge popularity among the masses.
An elated Anurag Pandey, Editor, News and Program, Doordarshan Lucknow said, "Artists have done this for the sake of Corona warriors. When I was contemplating to prepare such a programme, I had never though that it would be such a huge success. Initially, only two people joined and then slowly people started coming, and the caravan moved on. More than 60 artists have sent their recordings so far. For this program we don’t send our teams, instead artists send their bite/video through their mobile and same through technical brilliance is presented as live program to viewers.
Rama Arun Trivedi, Head and Host of the Program, Doordarshan Lucknow, said, "Through the programme, we made a successful effort to keep people at home during lockdown. During corona crisis DD Lucknow took a pledge to start a musical and cultural programme with a strong message - ‘stay home, stay safe’. When people started running out of patience due to a long lockdown, DD came up with a novel programme wherein music was used to bring about a person’s realignment with the cosmos in its form of universal sound."