Kolkata band pens song for World Cup

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/K/Kolkatasong.jpg' class='caption'> Football has always been close to Kolkata's heart.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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Football has always been close to Kolkata's heart. After singing about Sourav Ganguly and Indian cricket politics, it is time to pen some lyrics about football. There's absolutely no doubt what Kolkata's very own band Jowar is singing about. For those uninitiated to Bengali, the song goes - Jidan, Henry or Ronaldinho, or Argentina's Messy or Beckham - guess who will get the golden boot this time? This time the game and its icons have inspired a band of boys to write a song and release it just ahead of the sporting extravaganza in Germany. "During the World Cup, every Bengali becomes a football expert," said Goutam Brahma, a band member. "But despite the excitement, there is not a single song on World Cup and that's why we composed this song," he said. Contemporary issues Jowar specializes in song on contemporary issues, for example volcanic eruption in the Barron Island and elections in Bihar. Given the fact that World Cup is just ten days away, nothing can be more contemporary than football. But the band members frankly admit that they have woven in their personal favourites in the composition. "The take off is from Caribbean and the rhythm is Samba, because it is Brazil. This is dedicated to millions of football supporters across the world," said Debmalya Banerjee, another band member. While soccer fans in 32 countries are waiting for the kick off in Germany, in far away Kolkata, the countdown has already started with music. Indian football will have to go a long way till someone bends it like Beckham or kicks off like Kaka, but when it comes to mixing songs with soccer, the Mecca of Indian Football is clearly leading from the front.

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