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World Music Day: Indian sportspersons described by popular songs

World Music Day: Indian sportspersons described by popular songs
Indian athletes x popular music

Abhijit Nair

Updated: 21 Jun 2021 2:47 AM GMT

Music is usually an important part of everyone's life. From children to youngsters to senior citizens, almost each and everyone listens to some other form of music. While some listen to music to relieve stress, others listen to it just to enjoy themselves. Rarely do you find someone who does not enjoy a quality song.

World Music Day is celebrated every year on 21st June. World Music Day was first celebrated in the year 1982 on Solstice in France. It was celebrated as an open music festival where each and everyone can participate. After the 1982 celebrations, World Music Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries across the globe and has become an international phenomenon.

On the occasion of World Music Day, here, in this article, we try to describe some of the Indian stars using popular songs.

Mary Kom

Mary Kom

One of the most decorated sportspersons of India, Mary Kom is a living example of what sheer determination and will power look like. With a total of six World Championship gold medals, one Olympic bronze, and many other accolades, Mary Kom is probably the greatest female athlete of the country. And when she hinted at retiring from the sport after the Tokyo Olympics all we could think of was Aaj Jane ki Zid Na Karo by Farida Khannun. But seriously, if you are reading this Mary – Please don't leave.

Dutee Chand

Dutee Chand Dutee

The first openly gay athlete to represent India at a global level, Dutee Chand has went through a lot in her life. From on-field controversies to losing family members due to her sexual orientation, life has never been easy for Chand. Despite all the struggles and whatever the world has to say about her, she just keeps performing like a beast when on the running track. What song better than KK, Shan, and Shankar Mahadevan's Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe for the 25-year-old Dutee Chand.

Hima Das

Hima Das Hima Das

A rising star of Indian athletics, the country looks at Hima Das as someone who could bring home India's first Olympic medal in a track event. Hima's rise to the top is nothing but a film-like story of hard work and perseverance without any godfather. Though she has reached the top quite quickly, the best is yet to come for Das; and for exactly these reasons the song which describes Hima Das the best is Apna Time Ayega by Ranveer Singh.

Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri Sunil

The greatest footballer to have ever played for India, Sunil Chettri is a living legend for the country. His 72 international goals for India are the second most for any active footballer, only behind the Portuguese legend – Cristiano Ronaldo. Chhetri with his brilliant skills has played a huge role in popularising football in the country. Keeping Chhetri's contribution to Indian football in mind, it is hard to look beyond Tum Hi Ho by Arijit Singh and Alka Yagnik, if you are to describe him using a song.

Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh Milkha

A living legend, Milkha Singh was the first Indian superstar track and field athlete. His feats are still cherished by Indians as he became the first Indian male to reach the final of an Olympic athletics event when he placed fourth in the 400-metre race at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. At the 1958 Asian Games, Singh won both the 200-metre and 400-metre races. Later that year he captured the 400-metre gold at the Commonwealth Games, which was India's first athletics gold in the history of the Games. Singh retained his 400-metre gold at the 1962 Asian Games and also took another gold as part of India's 4 × 400-metre relay team. The mammoth achievement list of the 'Flying Sikh' can ideally be summarised by the title Udta Punjab sung by Vishal Dadlani & Amit Trivedi.

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Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra Abhinav Bindra

India's only individual Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra is synonymous with the sport of shooting in the country. Anyone who picks up shooting, or rather, anyone who plays any sport in the country at some point or the other in life wants to emulate what Abhinav Bindra achieved during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ever heard, Something Just Like This by Coldplay and Chainsmokers? Yes, even we want to replicate something just like what Bindra did.

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi Leander

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi formed a formidable player men's doubles pair during their playing days. They won three doubles titles including the French Open and Wimbledon in 1999. In fact, Paes and Bhupathi were the first-ever doubles pair to reach the finals of all the four Grand Slams in the open era. Though they soon split off due to personal reasons, they could never find the success they enjoyed together with any other player. It feels crazy to imagine the amount of success they could have had if they competed together a bit longer and all we can think of when anyone talks of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati is Agar Tum Saath Ho by Arijit Singh and Alka Yagnik.

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