ABU DHABI: On the occasion of the first Emirates Medical Day, artists from the Middle East and India have come together to pay a serenading tribute to the frontline warriors. The five-minute music video, produced by VPS Healthcare, celebrates the unflinching grit and resilience of healthcare workers around the world. The first Emirates Medical Day is being observed today by the UAE in recognition of the invaluable role of healthcare professionals in preserving the health of the community members.
The album titled ‘Harken’ portrays the invincible courage, sacrifice, and resilience of healthcare workers. Written by lyricist Ashok Betty Nelson, the song was composed by Thaikkudam Bridge, a leading Indian band. The verses of the song are in Arabic, Urdu, and English.
“We are proud to present and dedicate ‘Harken,’ a musical tribute to healthcare workers, on the first Emirates Medical Day. The Nation is indebted to them for their invaluable role in preserving the health of our communities and building a strong healthcare ecosystem. I thank our healthcare workers for spreading hope and light during challenging times,” said Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, releasing the video through his social handles.
A collaborative effort of artists from various countries, Harken is the first-of-its-kind tribute to frontline heroes. Eman Al Hashimi, the first female Emirati musical composer, played the piano and Amir Zarkani, an Arab singer based in Dubai, sang the Arabic verses.
Speaking of her association with the project, Eman said, “It is a great privilege for me to become a part of this project. We salute the frontline heroes for their manifestation of courage, strength, and resilience. The selfless services of the frontline workers in saving humanity from COVID-19 will always be remembered and scripted in golden letters in the history of mankind.”
Anish Gopalakrishnan and Krishna Bongane, singers at Thaikkudam Bridge, sang the English and Urdu portions.
Govind Vasantha, frontman at Thaikkudam Bridge, said, “We are honored to be a part of this noble project. ‘Harken’ is an expression of our humble gratitude and love for the heroes for their service to humanity. In the face of the pandemic, healthcare workers spread hope and imbued the world with valor to fight the darkest times of our lives. The world would always be indebted to them for their selfless services.”
Another striking feature of the album is the background of the actors. Most of them are healthcare workers who have attended to COVID-19 patients in the UAE. Produced by VPS Healthcare, Harken was shot at Burjeel Medical City and the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.