Mangaluru, Nov 22, 2017: Drawing inspiration from the youth of Mumbai and Delhi, among other places, who immortalized their cities by glorifying them through music, a Kudla-based youth, Aaron Pinto, has composed a rap on the city.
What’s notable is that the rap ’Mera Shehar -feat Prince’ is composed in Hindi - perhaps for the first time from Mangaluru - hoping to reach out to the masses across the length and breadth of the country. Songs on the coastal city, brought out in Kannada and Tulu by various artistes, have already garnered good views on the web.
Aaron Pinto said he always liked the idea of giving a desi touch to the west-originated rap genre. This is when he started listening to Indian rappers and soon got influenced by Hindi and Punjabi rap songs. "One day, I stumbled upon ’Mera Bombay’ by rapper Divine. I got so hooked to it that I wanted my own version of a rap on my city. It took me a few years to realize this, as I had to take care of my career prospects as well. Today, I am happy that my rap on Mangaluru is on the web," Pinto, who is soon expected to come up with a rap in Tulu, too, said.
Aaron Pinto aka Prince, 25, a resident of Jeppinamogaru, says he jotted down lyrics for the rap a few years ago, when he was employed in the UAE. "I wanted to glorify my city. Hence, I jotted down some lines about Mangaluru. Recently, after I migrated back, I weaved them into a rap," said Pinto, who brought out the video a couple of months ago on YouTube.
The video, that lasts for 2.46 minutes ,speaks about the city as a whole, its reputation to deliver class-apart actors to various film industries, its scenic beauty, and the kind-heartedness of Mangalureans.
Successful running of Tulu movies overseas, and the frequent visits of stars from the city there, have helped popularize the name of the city across the globe. Little is known about the city in its own country’s north, where Hindi is spoken at large. Pinto also hopes to bring native Hindi speakers a notch closer to Kudla with his rap.