The Commonwealth Games' theme song, "Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto", by
Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman was unveiled at a glittering
function here Saturday.
The song calls upon everyone to participate in the Oct 3-14 mega
"I wrote the first line six months back and kept tweaking it till I
finally finished it last night (Friday). It is definitely an honour
to compose the official theme song which is in the spirit of the
Commonwealth Games," said Rahman, who performed at the launch
The theme song was recently cleared by the Group of Ministers headed
by Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that the city will hold the
best ever Games.
"The Games which have come to India for the first time are going to
be the most memorable Commonwealth Games ever held. We are confident
that Delhi, with India behind it, will be able to achieve what many
people believe may not be possible," she said after the launch of
the theme song.
"I do believe that along with (Organising Committee chairman) Suresh
Kalmadi and his team, with support of the Indian government, the
very warm and kind blessings of prime minister of India, we will
achieve the best ever Games held anywhere in the world," she added.
The unveiling of the theme song was delayed by a few days after the
GoM asked Rahman to tweak the song.
"When we got the flag we had promised that we will put up a great
show and we will live up to the promise. We are using the best of
infrastructure in the opening and the closing ceremonies which would
depict 5,000 years of Indian culture," said Kalmadi.
"We are working hard and we know we can do it. The Games will be
better than the Beijing Olympics," he said.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present on the