Songs of inspiration

Musical Chants

Songs of inspiration

The IPL may seem to be all about action in the cricketing arena. But there are other things that literally build the tempo and help the fans reach the crescendo whenever a ball is hit or wicket falls.  The wacky theme songs being one of them.

Each song is a smooth blend of Western and desi beats. It isn’t played in full but only in bits and pieces so that the listener yearns to hear the whole song.  The song is a call for battle, to be won at any cost. It’s a call to emerge victorious.

The teams' respective theme songs are played every time the player hits a six, four or there’s an air of victory. The song is also played to pep up the team when it is losing. Most fans recognise the theme songs and the hooting and cheering only get louder when these songs are played. They have a certain speed, rhythm and the beats are infectious, they won’t tie you down to your seats, you’d be forced to stand up and do a jig or two.

The songs have been written, sung and directed by accomplished singers.  Each singer has been picked up for his or her strength in a particular genre and the song has been tuned to suit his or her voice.

The videos of the songs either feature the owners of the respective teams or the players themselves. Rajasthan Royals’ video and theme song, Halla Bol was meant to introduce Shilpa Shetty. An additional mascot by name Moochu Singh has been created to add that bit of excitement in the video. “It was largely shot in Jaipur and is meant to pep up both the fans and the players. The chant, Halla seems to have caught the fancy of a lot of people,” Ken Ghosh, music director told Metrolife. 

The anthem of the Royal Challengers Bangalore reflects the core spirit of the team. “It is meant to inspire the players. It’s not all about winning but about making the right efforts towards winning the game,” says Debashish Shyam, business head of United Spirits.

The music is by Amit Trivedi and the video features the players and the cheerleaders, who are an integral part of the team.“While entertainment is key, the video also attempts to capture the mood of the RCB fans,” he adds.  

The music video of IPL Kolkata Knight Riders’ theme song Korbo Lorbo Jitbo Re has performance by Shah Rukh Khan and the song is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Sujoy Ghosh. The video of Kings XI Punjab’s theme song Dhoom Punjabi features Preity Zinta with Daler Mehndi. Sung in Punjabi style, the video has the actress groove in true Punjabi isthyle.

Another interesting theme song is that of the Delhi Daredevils titled Khelo Front Foot Pe. Sung by Kailash Kher, the song inspires the players to fight till the end.  “The song is a call to every player to play on the front foot. Defeat must be the last thing on their mind, is what the song is all about,” observes Amrit Mathur, CEO of GMR Sports.      

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