With less than 10 days to go, the Indian Premier League (IPL) released an anthem on September 6 which is titled “Aayenge hum wapas” meaning “We will comeback”, with a caption that said, “The greater the setback… The stronger the comeback.” Shortly after the release, the broadcasters of the cash-rich league have been accused of plagiarism following the allegations of an Indian rapper Krishna Kaul.
The music video for the song shows a montage of people from different parts of India getting ready to watch the tournament remotely. It has over 1.3 lakh views on YouTube and more than 3.6 lakh views on Twitter. Kaul, who is popular in the rap community by his stage name Krsna (stylised as KR$NA) took to Twitter and called out IPL for plagiarizing his song “Dekh Kaun Aaya Waapas”.
KR$NA’s song was written and performed by him in 2017. It has garnered over 7.3 lakh views since it was first uploaded in March 2017. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) media team, however, told a news portal that it had not received any information regarding the plagiarism allegation. Some fans said that there were hardly any similarities between the two songs.
“I was shocked. My composition is original and has not been inspired by any other artist’s work. It has been created by me and my team through our hard work and efforts,” Pranav Ajayrao Malpe, the composer of the IPL anthem told news portal. Malpe also displayed a certificate from the Music Composers Association of India (MCAI), which clearly states that his song is an original.
The 13th edition of the cash-rich tournament will be played on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates this year due to a surge in coronavirus cases in India. Defending champions Mumbai Indians to kick-start the competition against Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. The upcoming 53-day edition is by far the longest in the history of the league and will be staged behind closed doors
The tournament will be played across three venues – Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. According to the newly announced IPL 2020 time table, Dubai will host 24 games, Abu Dhabi will host 20 games while Sharjah will be hosting 12 games. The league will be broadcasted in several languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali apart from English.
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