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Premier Futsal: Virat Kohli to sing official anthem

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 6, 2016, 9:15 pm IST
Updated Jun 6, 2016, 9:15 pm IST
This is the first time that Oscar Award-winning AR Rahman is lending his musical genius to a franchise-based sport league in the country.
The anthem, titled ‘Naam hai Futsal’, will be released with a video featuring Virat Kohli. (Photo: PTI)
 The anthem, titled ‘Naam hai Futsal’, will be released with a video featuring Virat Kohli. (Photo: PTI)

Chennai: Premier Futsal on Monday unveiled musical maestro AR Rahman as the composer of the league’s official anthem, to be sung by India test captain and youth icon Virat Kohli, at an event in Chennai ahead of its inaugural season.

This is the first time that the Oscar Award-winning Rahman is lending his musical genius to a franchise-based sport league in the country.

 

Rahman said, “I’m proud to associate with Premier Futsal for the league’s official anthem. It makes me happy to see such young entrepreneurs being passionate about the sporting scenario of the country and I wish them all the success in this venture. I’m especially excited to work with Virat Kohli on this, let’s hope he is as good with his melody as he is with his bat!”

Virat Kohli and AR Rahman pose for pictures after the event. (Photo: PTI)Virat Kohli and AR Rahman pose for pictures after the event. (Photo: PTI)

The anthem, titled ‘Naam hai Futsal’, will be released with a video featuring Kohli. The video will be released in the week of June 20 exclusively via Premier Futsal’s digital platforms. The concept and production of the anthem have been done by DDB Mudra.

Rahman’s association with Premier Futsal adds further gloss to the league, which already boasts Portugal football legend and former World Player of the Year Luis Figo as President. Kohli is Premier Futsal’s league ambassador.

Premier Futsal will kick-off July 15, 2016, and will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony SIX, SONY ESPN and Sony AATH. Matches will also be available to live stream on Sony LIV.

Virat Kohli and AR Rahman have a small chat during the event. (Photo: PTI)Virat Kohli and AR Rahman have a small chat during the event. (Photo: PTI)

Kohli, League ambassador, Premier Futsal said, “I have been a fan of AR Rahman for years. It will be a personal achievement and also a privilege to share the screen with him and lend my voice to the anthem of Premier Futsal.”

This high decibel marketing initiative from Premier Futsal, promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group, is aimed at creating awareness for the sport of futsal and promoting the league ahead of its launch on July 15.

Virat Kohli sported a new pair of spectacles and was looking dapper. (Photo: PTI)Virat Kohli sported a new pair of spectacles and was looking dapper. (Photo: PTI)

Dinesh Raj, Managing Director, Premier Futsal said, “Our investor, Mr. Xavier Britto, has backed our vision and plans since the inception of this project. We are committed to leave no-stone unturned in our efforts to make Premier Futsal a big success. In line with this commitment, we are delighted to have partnered with the Mozart of Madras, Mr. Rahman, for our official anthem. It’s a very proud day for us. With our league ambassador Virat Kohli also featuring in the video, it could not be any better for us”

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