Shiv-Hari to compose music for ‘Bihar Gaan

PATNA: In a first, Bihar government has come out with a state anthem, called ‘Bihar Gaan’, with a view to strengthening unity among Biharis across the world.

The state government had invited entries for the purpose and 100 of them were shortlisted for chief minister Nitish Kumar to make the final selection from them. On Monday evening, Kumar ticked off two of them. While one is ‘Bihar Gaan’, the other is ‘Bihar Prayer’. Both sing paean to Bihar’s new-found resurgence and its glorious past.

“The songs explore Bihar’s glorious past and its shining future. We are in talks with Bollywood music composers Shivkumar Sharma and Hari Prasad Chaurasia, famous as Shiv-Hari, to get the songs composed and recorded by February-end,” state HRD principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, who is nodal officer of the Bihar Diwas celebrations, told TOI on Tuesday.

Sources said the entries received for the purpose from across the state and also Jharkhand numbered over 1500 by February 4, 2011, the last day for submission of the entries. Some bureaucrats and politicians had also sent in their lyrics. A committee of experts, including poet Arun Kamal, Surendra Snigdh and Ravindra Rajhansh, shortlisted 46 poems for ‘Bihar Gaan’ and 50-odd for the prayer.

The songs are in Hindi. ‘Bihar Gaan’ says, “Your past is glorious, your present is affluent; now your sons have woken up, now will return your self-esteem…” It has been written by city-based poet Satya Narayan. Septuagenarian Satya Narayan is a former History teacher who was awarded Gopal Singh Nepali Puraskar in 1991 and Dr Shambhu Nath Singh Navgeet Puraskar in 2009.

‘Bihar Prayer’ says, “Let’s light a lamp from a lamp so that Bihar shines; empower us O’ Lord so that the country becomes proud of us…” It has been written by M R Chisti who teaches at Urdu Middle School in Muzaffarpur’s Marwan block. Talking to TOI from Mumbai, Chaurasia said the music for the songs would be composed to connote and promote statehood spirit. “The idea is unique. We will make the composition one of our best,” he said.

CM Nitish Kumar is likely to dedicate the song to Bihar on March 22 amid the state’s centenary year celebrations. He will also give a cheque for Rs 1 lakh each to the poets the same day.

Like the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’, ‘Bihar Gaan’ is expected to be played or sung at state functions and in government schools. However, it could not be known immediately if the government would issue an official order for the same. “The government will take a call on this later,” a senior official said.

Source: TOI

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