“WHAT WE NEED NOW IS HEALING AND HOPE”: A.R. RAHMAN ON “MERI PUKAAR SUNO” SONG
AR Rahman and Gulzar, along with seven eminent singers, have come together to bring out a song touted as an anthem of hope and healing. The track, titled “Meri Pukaar Suno” was released as we move through the deadly consequences of covid pandemic. Talking about the song’s direction and composition, Rahman said: “It is a difficult times we all live in the midst of pandemic, and what we need at this hour is healing and hope” About genesis of the song, Lyricist Gulzar who penned it down said: “This is a story about Maati Maa, our Mother Earth, as she appeals to us to listen to her. She gives us hope with her bountiful resources, cool breeze, flowing streams and endless sunshine; asking us for a promise to look after our gift of life.” Adding about his appreciation of A.R.Rahman, Gulzar said, “ Rahman sahab has given my words a truly magical composition as always.”
“Meri Pukaar Suno” stands out for all its star power, calling on seven leading voices across decades — Alka Yagnik, K.S. Chithra, Shreya Ghoshal, Sadhana Sargam, Shashaa Tirupati, Armaan Malik and Asees Kaur. The music video is a narrative of a child as he struggles to find inspiration. The video directed by Nazeef Mohammed doesn’t feature Rahman or Gulzar beyond static images tastefully superimposed on television sets. The video focus on ideas of promise-bearing future generations and childhood. The makers acknowledge their inspiration to Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Reza Kheradmandan, whose short film “Mother” was their visual connect.
“‘Meri Pukaar Suno” is an inspiring anthem that encourages one and all, to stand tall in the hope of a better tomorrow,” says Rajat Kakar, Managing Director India, of Sony Music India, which unveiled the song. There is so much uncertainty and pain, and yet, so much resilience and healing. Gulzar ji, Rahman sahab and I wished to create a song of hope because we all need comfort and reassurance. ‘Meri Pukaar Suno’ is like Mother India singing to her children through her daughters. It’s to say that human beings have survived and thrived through different periods of time and that we’ll emerge through this bravely.”
With a heavily studded star cast of top voices, Yagnik, Ghoshal, Chithra and Sadhana lead through most of the track, emotively singing with a maternal tone with supporting vocal parts from younger artists like Tirupati and Kaur. Malik arrives right at the end of the song, elevating the already poignant song. He heeds the call to stay mindful, extending a heart warming pledge to uphold the hopes of the earth.