Composer Shakthikanth Karthick on his ‘Migrant Song’

The four-minute song expresses his anger and sadness at the plight of workers from other States during lockdown

Visuals of thousands of workers from other States walking home as a result of the nationwide lockdown is bound to haunt us for a long time.

Chennai-based music director Shakthikanth Karthick, who works in the Telugu film industry, was so deeply disturbed by what he witnessed that he locked himself up in his room one night, after his elderly parents and two young children had fallen asleep, and wrote a song on the plight of the workers and their families. Called ‘Migrant Song: Nadakiren’, it is four minutes long and was uploaded to YouTube last week.

Composer Shakthikanth Karthick on his ‘Migrant Song’

“It all came together in one night,” says Shakthikanth, adding, “I felt anger, sadness, and frustration when I saw these people [walking]. The song is an expression of these feelings.”

Composed by Shakthikanth, the video is made up of telling images that were published in print media, of the many men, women and children walking the highways in the hope of reaching their homes located hundreds of kilometres away, after they had been rendered jobless due to the lockdown. ‘How much longer should we wait… how much further do we have to walk?’ go the starting lines.

The 37-year-old Shakthikanth, who was working on two Telugu films before the lockdown, says that he just went with the flow in the hope that his music inspires some empathy in people. “Music has that power,” he says, adding, “A lot of people are coming forward to feed the workers and their families. This is my way of helping them as a musician.”

A letter from the Editor

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 27, 2020 3:00:28 AM |

Next Story