Come April 22, it will mark the 50th year of Earth Day.
On April 22, 1970, nearly 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest against environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet.
It was an historic day in a sense that it saw a unified response to larger issues that quietly pushed the global environment into peril. The history of the modern environmental movement must be traced to that day in 1970. Since then, April 22 has come to be recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. ``The enormous challenges — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable,’’ said Earth Day Network in its website.
The 50th year of Earth Day comes at a very critical time when the world is facing an unknown enemy in the form a virus. Countries across the globe are still trying to figure out the Covid-19 course and its eventual implication for life and livelihood of millions of people. Covid-19 has indeed reconfigured the world at large. As the old adage goes, this phase too shall pass away.
A civil movement of Earth Day kind has a greater relevance now than any time before. To commemorate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, Earth Day Network will release Dharti Ma – A tribute to earth, a song, on April 22.
The song, it is claimed, is an amalgamation of styles. It is sung in eight languages by some of the finest musicians of the country -Bombay Jayashri, Kaushiki Chakraborty (Earth Day Network Ambassadors), Hansraj Hans, Shankar Mahadevan, Mahesh Kale, Abhishek Raghuram, Shweta Mohan, M.D. Pallavi, and Abhay Jodhpurkar.
Dharti Ma is composed by Amrit Ramnath.
It features Sayee Rakshith on the Violin, Abinandan David on the Guitar, Sumesh Narayanan on the Mridangam and Percussions and MT Aditya on the Tabla. Karthik, Amrit Ramnath and Sreenidhi Venkat feature in the song as chorus vocalists.
Music unites people
``Earth Day Network strongly believes that music unites people across borders, regardless of whether they speak the same language or not. In this moment of acute climate crisis, humanity needs to speak in one voice to protect our common home, Earth. The song is a gift to all who inhabit earth. We hope it will inspire everyone to do their bit for the good of our common home – Earth,” a release quoted Karuna Singh, Regional Director Asia, Earth Day Network, as saying.
Music heals, says Bombay Jayashri
``Music heals, music is a prayer. We are going through a very challenging time. Through the notes and the melody, we wish for good health and wellbeing for the world,’’ senior Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, who is also the ambassador of Earth Day Network, said.
``I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be one of the ambassadors of The Earth Day Network. This song is very special, and I believe it will help raise the awareness amongst people for our Mother Earth and the necessity of taking care of her and leave a better planet for generations to come,” said Kaushiki Chakraborty
Playback singer Shweta Mohan said, ``I worship nature. I believe in the energy of Mother Earth as much as I believe in religions. We need to invoke HER blessings now more than ever.”
Here is the link for the dharti ma song:
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