Every car has a rear view mirror. Before embarking on a long journey, a good driver not only looks at it but also adjusts it so that the view is in proper perspective. And so before we begin this exciting journey ahead, it is only reasonable that we look back in time and get a clear perspective of the past so that the future is not directionless. So before beginning this wonderful project that Marathi Asmita now ventures into, it is necessary to revisit the Marathi Abhimaangeet. Over the next few posts, that is precisely what I intend to do. It shall be an introduction for you and an introspection for me.

What were the circumstances that led to the creation of what would perhaps be the biggest song ever created? A father's wish for his son to join the civil services, a letter writing session interrupted by a school principal, a playwright's insistence that his protégé read a 100 plays in his vacation, a poet's meeting with a student of law in the loo, an insult in a garment shop, a prayer sung by 65 children, a chance conversation with a radio jockey, and an argument over breakfast. These were some of the things that led to the making of the Marathi Abhimaangeet. The making of Marathi Abhimaangeet saw moments of anguish as well as moments of ecstasy. But the single most important achievement of the song was that it got so many people together. There is great power in togetherness. And that is what Marathi Abhimaangeet taught me. Kaushal S. Inamdar

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Marathi Asmita is a little more than just an entity. It is a movement, a force. It came into existence with the creation of the Marathi Abhimaangeet, a song that grows every day. A song that is not meant only for those whose mother tongue is Marathi but for all those who, in fact, have a mother tongue. A song that is perhaps the biggest in the world. Recorded in 3 cities, 9 studios, with 12 sound engineers, 65 musicians, 112 established singers, a chorus line sung by 356 singers and backed by 2000 people who love the beautiful language called Marathi.

It has been four years since the release of the Marathi Abhimaangeet. Four years is long span considering the average life of a song these days. It is my belief that the Marathi Abhimaangeet will be an ever growing phenomenon.

A simple tune has to be nurtured by the music composer. It becomes a song only when life is breathed unto it. The song comes to life and acquires an existence of its own. That is what has been achieved with the Marathi Abhimaangeet now. The composer and the song must now part ways.

And so, the bigger journey continues with the new mega project undertaken by me and my friends at Marathi Asmita. And this time the journey is longer, much bigger and much much more exciting. I would like you the readers to be part of it this time around. And so, we have thought of a novel way to approach this project. Starting now, we shall be writing this blog - which is actually a production journal of this mega project. And it won't be just me who will be writing and updating this journal but all those people who are going to part of this project.

A journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step, said Cicero. But in fact it begins even before that little step is taken. It actually begins at the very moment the journey is conceived, envisaged. The planning, the packing, making lists is all part of that journey.

So let us begin this mega journey with Marathi, a beautiful language which wins wagers with the nectar of immortality, a language spoken by one billion people across the globe, a language that was nurtured by poets and poetry, a language that is the fifteenth most spoken language on this planet. I, Kaushal S. Inamdar invite you to the journey of your life! A journey that may change your life! A journey that is going to take us around the world!

Kaushal S. Inamdar