Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha
Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha have done something so special ahead of Independence Day this year that it urged me to step out of my comfort zone and blog about celebrities—something I don’t do much of anymore. I genuinely love the way Dia uses her celebrity status to lend her voice to causes that are of so much importance but don’t get nearly enough press—like the environment and wildlife. In a time like now, where the Internet has been raging over things like the irresponsible representation of animals in fashion magazines, it is heartening to see things like this as well.

Yesterday, on the occasion of #WorldElephantDay, Dia and Sahil released their ode to the nation, an anthem celebrating the rich biodiversity of this country. Their production company, Born Free Entertainment has joined hands with Universal Music and Wildlife Trust Of India to launch the song titled, Mere Desh Ki Zameen and it is beautiful.

Musicians and singers, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani and Clinton Cerejo joined hands to create the sweet melody that celebrates the wild, amazing animals found in our country that we need to help preserve and protect. Prasoon Joshi wrote the lyrics, one of the lines which are,

Pyari hai mere desh ki zameen.

Here are some facts courtesy Factsninfo.com:

  • Out of 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, 3 are housed in India—The Eastern Himalayas, Indo-Burma border, Western Ghats.
  • India is one of 17 countries that are classified as mega-diverse.
  • There are 172 threatened species of animals and 1300 bird species in India, out of these 42 bird species are endemic or native to India only.

You can get your hands on this song through Apple Music, Saavn, Gaana and iTunes too! Defs playing this beautiful song on repeat this Independence Day, how about you?