Oscar winner, AR Rahman’s Swagatham has been finalized as the theme song for the mega event by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Commonwealth Games on 15 August 2010. This will be publicized in 10 days, according to panel’s head. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took charge of Commonwealth Games, after a day of it, a Group of Ministers gathered and voiced satisfaction over the pace of progress in preparations and also endorsed the theme song, which is composed by Oscar winner A R Rahman, for the event.
According to an official of the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee, the song previewed at 9.45 a.m. on Monday, 16 August at the banquet hall of the Ashoka Hotel. After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intervened to take stock of the much-criticized preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Reddy chaired the meeting of the GoM. On 4 October, the nearly three-hour long meeting discussed the organizational details for the 11-day event and starting discussed the broad contours of the opening ceremony.
Urban Development Minister, S. Jaipal Reddy, who headed the GoM, with the mega sporting event just seven weeks away and hit by allegations of corruption and financial irregularities, made it clear there is no change in schedule and said there should not be any concern over some delays in meeting deadlines in the readiness of the stadia to host the events.
“GoM has finalized the theme song. A.R. Rahman will give final touches and it will be presented before the people in 10 days,” union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy told reporters after the two-hour long GoM meeting in Nirman Bhawan. Reddy told IANS, answering a specific question, “The theme song will be the last song of the opening ceremony“.
“The Group of Ministers heard a presentation on the theme song by A.R. Rahman. We discussed the theme song with Shyam Benegal and Bharat Bala, as well as Rahman, and we approved it in principle,” Reddy said. “The theme song generates excitement and gives the right message. The theme song will be released for the people of India in 10 day’s time,” he added.
According to sources, “the GoM gave its approval to the theme song after a powerpoint presentation by Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman.” “Rahman turned up an hour late for the meeting but the theme song he had composed more than made up for the delay,” sources said. “However, they declined to share details of the song.”