Javed Akthar & Shankar Mahadevan team up to create music for the billionth meal of Akshaya Patra
To commemorate the billionth meal to be served by Akshaya Patra, the legendary lyricist Javed Akthar and India's iconic singer Shankar Mahadevan are partnering to create music that will help Akshaya Patra to raise awareness on enabling hunger free education. The lyrics for this special song will be composed by Javed Akthar and sung by noted playback singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan.
The music accompanied by a video will be launched in the month of August when Akshaya Patra will serve its billionth meal. The song will be performed at a special function to be held in Bangalore. According to Shankar the music will celebrate the joys of childhood; it will be poetic and will have a melody that lingers.
About Javed Akthar
Javed Akhtar's lineage can be traced back to seven generations of famous Urdu poets, writers and freedom fighters. His father, renowned Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar, mother famous Urdu writer Safia Akhtar and uncle, noted Urdu poet Majaaz were amongst the pioneers of the Progressive Writers Association. Javed Akhtar's body of work can be categorized under four distinct categories:a) Script Writer b) Lyricist c) Poet d)Activist. He has co-authored super hit Hindi films like, 'Zanjeer', 'Deewar', 'Sholay', 'Trishul', etc. He has also written successful films like 'Sagar', 'Mr.India', 'Betaab', 'Arjun', 'Lakshya'.
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