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Mozart of Madras Comes Up With Olympic Anthem

The energetic number by A R Rahman and Ananya Birla embodies a spirit of unity and optimism, cheering the over 100 athletes representing India at this year’s Olympic Games

Oscar-BAFTA-Grammy-winning composer and Chennai's pride A R Rahman, who is popularly known as the 'Mozart of Madras', and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ananya Birla have come together for 'Hindustani Way', a song to cheer on the over 100 athletes representing India at this year’s Olympic Games.

The energetic number embodies a spirit of unity and optimism as percussive production ramps up towards engaging chant, “We are here to fight. If we fall, we get back up. We are born to win, we never stop.”

Produced by Rahman himself, the song was jointly written by Ananya Birla, Bollywood composer Shishir Samant and Nirmika Singh, editor of Rolling Stone India.

Talking about the song, Rahman said, "All of us are really excited to have made this special song and hope our athletes can feel the entire nation rooting for them, the Hindustani way, when they hear it. It was a pleasure working with Ananya on this project and we hope to convey all our support and best wishes to Team India through it! Jai Hind.”

For her part, Ananya Birla said: “It’s been amazing to collaborate with my role model AR on this song which we hope does justice to the collective energy and support of all Indians cheering on our amazing athletes at this year’s Olympics. The grit and fortitude of our Olympic team in the face of such a difficult year is inspiring, We are here cheering, the Hindustani Way!”

Heaping praises on Rahman and Ananya, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said, "Let me first thank and congratulate Ananya and AR Rahman for taking the initiative, this is the moment when you are doing something for passion. It was not easy to collaborate, we were in different bubbles and zones, it might be difficult for AR Rahman and Ananya to come together and make a cheer song for Team India."

Meanwhile, the official Olympic theme song for the India team was also announced recently. Mohit Chauhan has composed and sung the song titled 'Lakshya Tera Samne Hai'.

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