Dubai-based Indian’s Olympic song hit in China

August 20th, 2008 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 20 (IANS) A Dubai-based Indian’s song hailing the spirit of the Olympics is now a hit in China with radio stations there airing the number.When Hani Raman, 28, who works at Al Ghurair Foods in Jebel Ali near here, recorded the English number “Beijing Olympics” two years ago in Kerala little did he know that it would one day be popular among the Chinese.

“Some of the journalists, who are in Beijing to cover the Olympics, told me about my song becoming popular in China,” Raman told reporters here.

“It was exciting. I never thought that Chinese people would like my song.”

The lyrics of the song were penned by Raman’s history teacher M.C. Vashisht of Kozhikode’s Malabar Christian College and the music was composed by fellow student Sai Giridhar.

It was Giridhar who asked Raman to sing the number, which the latter did after initial reluctance.

“The music composer told me to keep the spirit of the Olympics in mind and I just followed his instructions,” Raman said, adding that the song was not meant for commercial purposes.

Six months after recording the song, Raman came to Dubai and took up the job.

Meanwhile, Vashisht presented a CD of the song to the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.

“We did not hear from the embassy. But it came as a surprise that the song had become popular in China,” Raman said.

According to reports, a Hindi FM station in China started airing the song when the Games started earlier this month.

Soon, other stations, which were airing songs with an Olympic spirit, picked up Raman’s number and it became popular with listeners.

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