Ahead of India’s Moon mission Chandrayaan 2’s expected landing on the Moon, poet and Diplomat Abhay Kumar has penned a poem titled ‘Moon Anthem’. In the paean, he calls this mission ‘Mankind’s great leap’ and observes that this is just a pitstop to explore the deep space. Abhay Kumar, who is currently the Indian ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros, also served in Russia, Nepal, and Brazil. Notably, he has authored 8 books. On this occasion, he spoke exclusively to Republic.
Explaining the rationale behind penning the poem, he opined that the Moon Anthem was the right way to celebrate this great historic moment in India’s space history. Kumar described the day of the Moon landing as a very historic and memorable one. He credited the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists for not just Chandrayaan 2, but also for their earlier feats. The Indian ambassador to Madagascar further added that they had made the entire country proud.
Kumar commenced writing the Moon Anthem in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital when Chandrayaan 2 initially took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Earlier, in the day, he put out a tweet regarding the Moon Anthem.
Globally renowned violinist Dr L Subramaniam will compose the music for the Anthem, while singer Kavita Krishnamurthy will lend her vocals for the song.
Previously, Kumar had penned the Earth Anthem to celebrate Earth Day and World Environment Day. It earned global acclaim and was translated into over 50 languages.
Earth Anthem performed by the Metropolitan Orchestra of Brasilia conducted by Maestro Ricardo Sousa-Castro, sung by Soprano Marcela Cadima. Lyrics- Abhay K, Music by Sapan Ghimire, arrangement by Marcos Cohen. Overall coordinator-Hoeck Miranda pic.twitter.com/cvNZDDb1uY— Abhay K. (@theabhayk) August 12, 2019
After the success of Chandrayaan 1, India's Second Moon Mission is all set to land on the Moon on September 7. If India does manage to achieve a soft-landing on the Moon, it will become the fourth country after the United States of America, Russia, and China to do so. However, the Mission is unique in the sense that it seeks to land on the Moon's South Polar side. Unlike the other Moon Missions, Chandrayaan 2 is estimated to land in the rugged territory, where no other rovers have ventured in before.