The song is a mash-up of ‘Sar jo tera chakraye’ and ‘The Lonely Goatherd’  Credit: EastMojo image

Shillong: Amid the lockdown blues, new COVID-19 positive patients and the familial pangs that come from ‘work from home’ mode, everyone is in desperate need of a ‘tel malish’ (oil massage) to reduce the stress. Shillong Chamber Choir’s newest release Sar jo tera chakraye (from the classic 1957 Bollywood film Pyaasa) mashed up with The Lonely Goatherd is a perfect concoction in this regard.

The song, which was released on May 4, is a part of the #iforIndia campaign to collect donations for COVID-19 response. As all the artistes across the globe are coming together to spread cheer and hope, Shillong Chamber Choir is doing its bit too, using music to raise funds to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The innovative song starts with the members following the ongoing trend of passing objects to the next person in split-screen; the object here, in particular, being hair oil aka tel malish. The almost four-minute-long video fuses Sar Jo Tera Chakraye and The Lonely Goatherd from the musical-drama The Sound of Music­. The song is infectious and imbibes the trademark music and notes that the choir is famous for. The video, though shot at homes of the individual members, follows smooth transition, so much so that a fan even commented on its YouTube channel: “The song is being sung as smooth as ice… must listen.”

The cheerful and playful video is the result of hours of editing and processing something which can visibly evident in the video itself. The 10 members of the choir seemed to be interacting with each other on the video even though they are not near any of them (physical distancing, but not social distancing). So, take a minute (or 3 minutes 43 seconds to be exact) to appreciate this unique and lively video to cheer you up in these trying times.

Shillong Chamber Choir is an Indian chamber choir based in Shillong, Meghalaya. Founded in 2001, it received fame after winning the reality talent show, India’s Got Talent (Season 2) in October 2010, on Colors TV, where it performed western chorals, as well as choral-style revamps of Hindi film (Bollywood) classics.

The choir participated in the 6th World Choir Games held at Shaoxing China (Shanghai) in July 2010 and was awarded Gold in all three categories: Musica Sacra, Gospel and Popular, as per reports.

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