Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam who has mesmerised music lovers for almost two decades with his versatile range of numbers showcased his solidarity with the forces by singing a patriotic song for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP).
The 2.17-minute-long Hindi song, 'Hum sarhad ke senani, hum sachhey hindustani...', was unveiled by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi as he visited the forces' headquarters.
A senior official said the song was written some years back but it has now been released in a "modified" format. He said Nigam was approached by the 90,000 personnel-strong paramilitary force to lend his voice, which he happily did without charging any fee. A team of senior officers met the singer in Mumbai recently to record the song.
It has an inspirational tune with military beats in the background, depicting the work style and duties that the men and the women of the force, who proudly call themselves as 'Himveers', render along the China border and other internal security theatres of the country.
The video of the song that features ITBP border posts, its personnel and their modern equipment will be played at every ceremonial and official event of the paramilitary force from now on, the official said.
The force, that works under the command of the Union home ministry, is primarily tasked with guarding the 3,488-km-long Sino-Indian frontier and its border posts are located at altitudes ranging from 9,000-feet to 18,700-feet. It was raised in 1962, in the aftermath of the Chinese aggression.