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War song on lips, Pirates ready to take field

- Bollywood big names compose & sing magical lines to infuse energy into team
Prasoon Joshi and Aadesh Shrivastava

Skills apart, Patna Pirates, the city team in the Pro Kabaddi Premier League (KPL), would have the song Dhool Chata Dega…on their lips to pump up their spirit and confidence whenever they take the field.

The excitement surrounding the team song was palpable even at its launch on Monday. Composed by reputable Bollywood lyricist Prasoon Joshi, the kabaddi song runs three minutes and thirty seconds, aiming to connect it with the masses by praising the game that involves a lot of strength and power. Prasoon has won the best lyricist award a number of times, the most recent being for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The lyrics have been written by Prasoon and Bollywood music director Aadesh Shrivastava, who scored for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…, the 2001 Shahrukh Khan-Kajol starrer. Kailash Kher has sung the Patna Pirates theme song.

The song was played for the first time in the presence of the Patna Pirates team led by former Team India captain Rakesh Kumar.

Team owner Rajesh Shah of Mumbai-based Mukund Limited, a steel manufacturing firm, said: “The Pro Kabaddi Premier League and Patna Pirates would help establish Patna and Bihar in the sports arena. Prior to Pro KPL, Bihar did not represent in any sports league, say in cricket, hockey or football.”

Sources said to popularise the game, the Pro KPL will be telecast on Star Sports, right from the inaugural match on July 26 in Mumbai to the final in Bangalore on August 31. Prior to Pro KPL, Star had put its weight behind many sporting events such as Indian Badminton League, Hockey India League and others. Moreover, for promotion of the game, the channel has signed a deal with the makers of Kick, the movie featuring Salman Khan.

Mashal Sports Ltd is promoting the kabaddi league in association with the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India, the International Kabaddi Federation and the Asian Kabaddi Federation.

Sources said Patna Pirates would not lag behind in promoting the game and in providing assistance to players. “The Patna Pirates players would be put up at Gargee Grand and other hotels. Earlier, when Patna hosted any tournament, players were accommodated at Patliputra Sports Complex hostel. A few of the KPL matches would be held at Patliputra Sports Complex from August 7 to 10.

Rajesh Shah said: “We are providing all facilities to players so they perform well.”

For promotion, banners, posters and hoardings would be put at various places in the city, including shopping malls. The game would also be promoted on radio. Of the 37 matches to be played in different cities, Patliputra Sports Complex would host four, on August 7, 8, 9 and 10.