Somewhere on western front, the sound of music

When the air went out of Bismillah Khan‘s shehnai, the Indian government in its bottomless wisdom chose to bid goodbye to the Bharat Ratna with a 21-gun salute.

The irony couldn’t have been starker: a magician of melody passing into the netherworld not to the soft strains of the organ he had elevated from its funereal origins, but to the boom and thud of a war instrument.

With war clouds now hanging over the western front, the propaganda machines are slowing whirring into activity to pump up patriotism. And among the feel-good nationalistic videos currently on air is this fine rendition of ‘Jai Hind‘.

Music: Ustad Zakir Hussain

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar