The Sunday Guardian

Indian diplomat-poet Abhay K’s Earth Anthem launches globally, praised by UNESCO


Jununeun Junuune BRASILIA: An Earth Anthem penned by poet-diplomat Abhay K, put to music by maestro L Subramania­m and sung by Kavita Krishnamur­thy, was launched in Brasilia on World Environmen­t Day.

On the occasion, a Brazilian version of Earth Anthem was translated into Portuguese, composed and rendered by Brasilia Brass band and sung by Brazilian singer Babi Cereja was also released.

Inspired by the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam from the ancient Indian text of Upanishad, and the blue marble image of the Earth taken from space by the crew of Apollo 17, Abhay K penned Earth Anthem in 2008 in St Petersburg, Russia. It has been translated into 30 major languages spoken across the globe since then, said a statement.

Elaboratin­g upon the need for an Earth Anthem, Abhay said: “Whichever country we come from, we all have our planet in common. A tribute NelsNelson­lsoon Manaandela­della geteets pprisoniso­n SoutSouthu­t AfriAfrica­ BritBriita­inai ggivesve SSuez Cananalana­l EgypEgyypt­tian contcontro­ntrolro aafterte 772 yeaearsear­ ArgeArggen­ntinain surrsurren­rreendersd­ers Britititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­ititititit­itititiBri­tititaiain,ain, endnndingi­n theth 74-74-ddayay Falalklalk­lanklandsa­nds Islslansla­ndsands conoonflfl­flflflflfl­flflflflfl­fliflflflf­lflfliflfl­flflfliflf­lflflflflf­liflfliflf­lfliflflfl­fliflict.ctct Abhay K. to her in form of an anthem, therefore, should be able to find favour with people from all countries. Such an anthem will not only connect all of us across the world through a common musical thread but will also inspire the next generation to put the lliffefe senenteent­enctennce planet before themselves.”

“Earth Anthem fits well at all levels, from the local to the global. School children can begin the day by singing Earth Anthem, United Nations General Assembly can begin its session by singing Earth Anthem, it can be All-Alll-IInddia CongCongre­ngressress acccccepts­eptts thehe Brirritish­tish pplan foror ppartitrti­tioition.ion. AAbrrahamh­a LLincolnco­oln ddeliveliv­vers hisis famamouamo­us—ouss—HousHouseu­s DDivvided—dedd—speespeech­eech SpriSprrin­gfifiengfi­fieldfifif­ififiefifi­fifififief­ifififiefi­fifiefifie­field IlliIlllin­ SStaatue LibeLibber­rty arriarrriv­ves thehe Newew YorkYorrk Haraarbour­bour.ur played along with their national anthems, global events such as Olympics can begin and end with Earth Anthem.”

“We have made a long journey from the caves about 10,000 years ago to the United Nations today. The world has become a village of approximat­ely 200 interdepen­dent households. We can sing a common song praising beauty, diversity and glory of our planet that hosts and nurtures us all. Even as individual­s, we have a direct relationsh­ip with our planet. We can pay tribute to her singing an Earth Anthem.”

Abhay K. is the author of The Seduction Of Delhi and the editor of CAPITALS— a poetry anthology on the capital cities of the world. His poems have appeared in over two dozen internatio­nal literary journals including Poetry Salzburg Review and The Asia Literary Review. His call for an official Earth Anthem has been termed inspiring by UNESCO and is supported by Habitat for Humanity, Dada Saheb Phalke award- Jununeun Jununeun winning director Shyam such as The New York PhilBenega­l, Oscar-winning harmonic Orchestra and director Jefferey D. Brown, Zubin Mehta (Fantasy on Bollywood actress Manisha Vedic Chants) and has made Koirala, and Hollywood achistoric collaborat­ions and tor Robert Lin, among othrecordi­ngs with people like ers. Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane

Abhay K. added that Earth Grappelli, Stevie Wonder Anthem project will continue among others and has esand he would invite world’s tablished himself as a force leading musicians and singthat is strongly Indian but ers to collaborat­e to create universal in nature and apsubseque­nt editions of the proach, the statement said. Earth Anthem. Kavita Krishnamur

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