Playback singers Shaan and Papon have lent their voices to the anthem of the 131st version of the Durand Cup. The anthem captures the love and essence of the oldest soccer competitors and essentially the most liked sport.
Durand Cup is an annual home soccer competitors in India hosted by the Durand Football Tournament Society (DFTS). First held in 1888 in Shimla, the event is the oldest present membership soccer event in Asia and the third oldest on the earth.
Commenting on the event, Shaan, who’s the voice behind iconic tracks akin to ‘Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan’ and ‘Dus Bahaane’ stated in a press release, “Well, the Durand Cup is something that all of us Indians should be very proud of. The Indian Army is associated with the Durand Cup, so I followed this league very closely.”
Going down reminiscence lane, the singer added, “I’ve had the opportunity to sing the anthem in 2019 for Bikram Ghosh, the Durand Cup anthem and again, and to get this opportunity through Papon to sing it again for the 2022 Durand Cup is obviously a matter of pride and I’m very happy to be part of this anthem.”
Talking about his collaboration with Papon, he shared, “It’s always fun because Papon is not just a great musician, a great singer, but also a very dear friend, a lovely human being, we have a very close connection.”
The anthem has been integrated into 5 languages — English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali and Manipuri.
Sharing his pleasure, Papon stated “The reason behind the composition of the anthem, ‘Durand Cup’ is because I had this opportunity of meeting up with an amazing gentleman and sir Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita. It just came up in our conversation about the Durand Cup and we spoke about the anthem. This was an opportunity I got from the Army to compose and produce the anthem and I grabbed it with both hands.”
Papon was confronted with a terrific problem because the tune needed to be integrated in 5 languages.
“The football trophy this year is going from Kolkata to Guwahati to Imphal, the three cities. I roped in Shaan and approached Rewben Mashangva (Manipuri singer) because he’s one person who’s really respected and has done amazing work in that region, so, he also agreed so that’s how we all came in and I composed the Durand Cup anthem.”
The 131st version of the Indian Oil Durand Cup is being telecast on Sports18 and dwell streamed on the VOOT platform.