Desh Raag came into existence as more than an idea, it was the brilliant innovation that will culminate an intense patriotic fervor with a musical awakening. Such things happen to every one of us, our stories are fine tuned instruments, if we lend them voice as music—they become our souls. Embracing our inner musician and rejoicing history in tune, undying passions at the heart of art: it is the celebration of the human element within us. Music can stir. Music can voice. Music—can tell the story of a nation. It will be understanding; an unlikely enlightenment for those who have not already seen it. An edification is most in evidence now.
Desh Raag is voice for you. Music never got more personal. With varied and talented artists, musicians and instrumental geniuses from all over applauding, watching and supporting the phenomenal movement, we’re making it big. Because talent should never die on your doorstep, showcase it. You deserve to shine.
There has been no poverty of sound today, but out of the clamor that surrounds, distinguish. Spare a moment to separate each dissonant discord of irrelevance from the profound tales that speak of morals: sieve the music from the noise. Present your findings, laced in your own original perspective, in your own voice for the world to hear. Tell that story bold and clear. Roar it to the skies. The world deserves to hear the stories that matter, the words deserve to find expression—your love, positivism, and admiration for the country. Speak of its history, salute its achievements, acknowledge its attempts at improvement, encourage positive ideals, strive to keep your promises, and know how you can contribute to constructive changes. Stirring the world takes your voice, because you matter. Getting up on stage and showing your participation is a way.
I have met emotional music in the most unlikely of places: in temple courtyards and down damp lanes, beneath pendals and obscured streets. I have met patriotism in unlikely places as well—not just in the tricolor flag of marching school children on Independence Day. I have seen it in the eyes that tell a story, I have seen it in the assistant film director who wants to mould his vision into the tangible. Music if of the limitless imagination, a timeless voice across boundaries. It communicates to the soul, and tells stories of substance. Regard this opportunity.
There are times that come when all the limelight is on you. There are times for you to tell a story. Well, this is your time. Tell us of the nation. Tell us unremembered histories, tell us of the freedom fighter of ninety three you met, tell us of your creative visions for the future, the urban improvements, all the things that still have you smiling, all the things that make you proud to be Indian.
Tell the nation’s story.
The world is waiting to hear.
Happy Republic Day.