Even as the Justice J.S. Verma committee presents its report recommending tougher laws for crimes against women, artiste and musician Shubha Mudgal—along with Anindo Bose of the New Delhi-based band Advaita, and poet and lyricist Aalok Shrivastav—has created a special song dedicated to the physiotherapy student who was gang raped on 16 December in a moving bus in Delhi.
The song, Khul Ke Behne Do Mujhko Hava Ki Tarah, voices a girl’s quest for freedom, her desire to break the shackles of society and claim her right to live life on her own terms.
Through the song, Mudgal hopes to express her sense of outrage at the incident, which saw an upsurge of protests across the country in December. Says the singer, “I was feeling terribly helpless after that incident, and so I decided to put together this simple song.”
In tune with the gravity of the issue, Bose, the composer of the song, has used drums to make people focus on the lyrics. He says, “It should not be seen as a song; rather as a piece of music that calls for a changed mindset and gives a message to the people to move on and stay strong and keep fighting.” He hopes that this song will urge the people of India, men and women, to fight for the dignity and rights of women; he hopes it will bring a realization that society must change. Bose says he took just two and a half hours to compose the tune for this song.
It’s a sentiment echoed by the song’s lyricist, Shrivastav, who believes that this song reflects the need for women to have equal rights. According to him, it is a strong message to society. Shrivastav wrote the song after a few initial discussions with Mudgal.
The song is available on the artistes’ social networking websites, like Facebook and SoundCloud, and can be freely shared and downloaded here. “The idea is to let people download it as and when they can and sing it if they want,” says Mudgal.