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Visakhapatnam: Lyricists, singers make songs to boost voting

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 10, 2019, 1:25 am IST
Updated Apr 10, 2019, 3:33 am IST
Renowned Telugu cinema’s lyric writer Anantha Sriram has crooned a song on Votesthava.
Playback singer Chitra sang a song for LS polls in Kerala. The 4-min election song, Bharatha Bhagya Vidhathakkal Naam written by K. Jayakumar, former chief secretary (Kerala), encourages people to vote without fear.
 Playback singer Chitra sang a song for LS polls in Kerala. The 4-min election song, Bharatha Bhagya Vidhathakkal Naam written by K. Jayakumar, former chief secretary (Kerala), encourages people to vote without fear.

Visakhapatnam: After voter enrolment drives, appeals from celebs and NGOs, now Lyricists, singers and composers are coming up with innovative tales urging voters to exercise their franchise ahead of the 2019 general elections. These interesting initiatives and campaigns are aimed at goading reluctant voters to exercise their fundamental right, and are increasingly gaining momentum.

Renowned Telugu cinema’s lyric writer Anantha Sriram has crooned a song on Votesthava. He has satirically questioned the self respect and moral values of voters who are falling in the trap of money and voting.

 

In the song, Sriram explains the current state of the political system where leaders have been luring voters by distributing money and gifts. Apparently, the song was viewed by more than 19 lakh people and is going viral on social media. Admitting that he purposefully penned the song in a satirical way, Sriram admits, “I have seen people taking money to vote, so I wanted to reflect the current reality,” adding, “I always wanted to pen a song that encourages people to exercise their franchise. The response for the song has been amazing.”

Singer Smitha too has come with a short video that expounds the significance of ethical voting. Titled Daughter of the soil, the song features a small girl (her daughter Shivi) with the name Amaravati (read AP’s capital) who is five years old (five years since the capital was constructed), and how imperative it is for the girl’s future to vote for the right candidate. Explaining the reason behind the video, Smitha states that she always wanted to do her bit for society. At this point, she believes that urging people to ‘vote wisely’ will send across a timely message.

“Instead of telling people to vote for a specific party, I wanted to tell people to ‘vote wisely’ by showcasing the facts.  In a poetic way, I wanted to tell people that the next five years are very crucial for the state and the country,” Smitha said.

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