Watch: Virat Kohli & A.R. Rehman rapping the Premier Futsal official anthem
Premier Futsal today unveiled musical maestro A.R Rahman as the composer of the league’s official anthem, to be sung by India test captain and youth icon Virat Kohli, at an event in Chennai ahead of its inaugural season. This is the first time that the Oscar Award-winning Rahman is lending his musical genius to a franchise-based sports league in the country.
A. R Rahman said, “I’m proud to associate with Premier Futsal for the league’s official anthem. It makes me happy to see such young entrepreneurs being passionate about the sporting scenario of the country and I wish them all the success in this venture. I’m especially excited to work with Virat Kohli on this, let’s hope he is as good with his melody as he is with his bat!”
Virat Kohli, League ambassador, Premier Futsal said, “I have been a fan of A.R Rahman for years. It will be a personal achievement and also a privilege to share the screen with him and lend my voice to the anthem of Premier Futsal.”
This high decibel marketing initiative from Premier Futsal, promoted by Mr. Xavier Britto of Indev Group, is aimed at creating awareness for the sport of Futsal and promoting the league ahead of its launch on 15th July.
Mr. Dinesh Raj, Managing Director, Premier Futsal said, “Our investor, Mr. Xavier Britto, has backed our vision and plans since the inception of this project. We are committed to leave no-stone unturned in our efforts to make Premier Futsal a big success. In line with this commitment, we are delighted to have partnered with the Mozart of Madras, Mr. Rahman, for our official anthem. It’s a very proud day for us. With our league ambassador Virat Kohli also featuring in the video, it could not be any better for us”
AMF Vice-president, Co-founder & President, FAI, Mr. Namdev S Shirgaonker said, “Premier Futsal will thrust the sport into the mainstream, which will be hugely beneficial for its growth and development in India. A. R. Rahman composing and singing the official anthem along with Virat Kohli will give the league a good start. FAI is proud of its association with the league.”
The anthem, titled “Naam hai Futsal”, will be released with a video featuring Virat Kohli. The video will be released in the week of June 20th exclusively via Premier Futsal’s digital platforms. The concept and production of the anthem have been done by DDB Mudra.
A.R Rahman’s association with Premier Futsal adds further gloss to the league, which already boasts Portugal football legend and former World Player of the Year Luis Figo as President. Kohli is Premier Futsal’s league ambassador.
Premier Futsal will kick-off July 15, 2016, and will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony SIX, SONY ESPN and Sony AATH. Matches will also be available to live stream on SonyLIV.