Meghalaya News 24 special
As Meghalaya is battling with the devastating second wave of the pandemic, the state Police Band came forward to boost the morale of the COVID-19 warriors in a distinctive and heart-warming way.
Video, featuring sub inspector Bekash Gurung, playing a zestful tune for the COVID-19 frontline warriors, is winning hearts on social media. The social media is now buzzing with “Aao Khaye Kasam”, a vibrant composition of Gurung featuring him and his 6 other companions.
In the video, which was shared on the official social media account of Meghalaya police, the seven men in Khaki are shown performing the melodious number. While sharing the video, the department calls it a tribute song.
The video attracted Netizens minutes after it was uploaded. While some lauded the skills of the policemen, some were impressed with the heartening gesture.
Seeing his hard working colleague, who was once very close to him succumb to this deadly virus has shaken Bekash Gurung, a sub inspector in Meghalaya police. He also saw how tirelessly his cousin who is a nurse is devoting her life to service to mankind at this hour of pandemic. These two people, who are close to him, became inspiration for him and thus he wrote this mesmerising piece.
“Recently my colleague expired due to COVID 19, he was very hard working, and my council sister is working as a nurse, so I saw her working so hard no rest, I got the inspiration to write,” Bekash said.
Talking about composing the song, Gurung said, “It took me two months to write the lyrics of the song, after finishing my work every night I worked on the lyrics.”
The Meghalaya police band was launched in 2018, with Bekash Gurung being the vocalist of the band.
“In Meghalaya song reaches the people, it’s very much important… this is my first self composed lyrics,” the SI said.
“Though this song I aim to motivate the public, everyone, it’s a tribute to the frontline warriors, some of whom have succumbed to this virus while the fight continues, “ he explained.
A fellow college and the lead guitarist of the band, Krishna Chettri said, “….the meaning of the song is lets fight with corona, don’t be scared of getting vaccinated, follow the protocol to fight corona.”
Earlier, Health & Family Welfare Minister, A L Hek on Friday launched a tribute song titled “Aao Khaye Kasam” composed by the Meghalaya Police which is dedicated to all the Front Line Warriors in combating the Covid-19 pandemic at a programme held at the Conference Room of the Police Headquarters, Shillong.
Speaking on the occasion, the Health Minister lauded the police department saying this song is dedicated to all the health workers, all the covid warriors. The fight against COVID 19 has become a joint effort as according to the health Minister People are coming forward to contribute and join hands with the state Government in its fight against COVID 19.
“Bekash and group came with the melody voice, the song, somebody came forward openly to contribute for corona care centres, Somebody coming with the oxygen concentrator, so many are coming with the dry ration, SP of East Khasi Hills helping poor families, many people joined the fight in different way and different form, “ Hek said.
“Today we are all fighting the invisible enemy, but it is our duty and responsibility for every individual to fight against COVID 19,” the health Minister said while cautioning about the third wave which may strike.
The Health Minister also appreciated the police department for its restless service to the state and the people.
The Minister stated that the only shield against this disease is vaccination and more emphasis is needed on dissemination of the required information and facts to the people and to dispel myths and fears related to the COVID vaccine.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police R. Chandranathan informed that over 200 police personnel are presently infected by COVID 19, while 5 succumbed to the virus.