I am an idealist and believe that we can all make a difference to the world in which we live. I'll never give up on trying to do my bit. Abhaey Singh
London, UK (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
The Indian Debating Union's music video protesting bust ups in and disrespect of parliament, produced by Kauzala, has gone viral internationally, with 'Talk It Out - A Debaters' Rhapsody' approaching one million hits on YouTube shortly after its release, at the time of going to press. Ironically, the video seems to have instantly connected with viewers not just in India, but most of all outside the country - especially in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
“If you want to see a fight of altogether new proportions or you’re feeling dumbed down by idiocy in hefty portions, do a search on the world wide web, what ‘Clarkson’ calls the interweb. The search words are, ‘the Indian Debating Union”. These are the words of Abhaey Singh, the founder of the Indian Debating Union and creator of the song and video, for whom ‘Talk It Out’ is not only an ode to civilised debate, but also a promotional video for his eponymous not-for-profit professional debating organisation. Oh and 'Clarkson' refers to Jeremy Clarkson, the verbose British presenter of the BBC Top Gear motoring show who Singh says is the first person he heard call the internet the 'interweb'.
The polished and visually impressive video features emotive scenes of debaters rapping in an auditorium along with a stylish Bollywood song and dance routine featuring beautiful actresses in Indian sarees, for good measure. An utterly delightful young girl also acts as a debater-rapper in the video, and is visually 'mentored' by Singh in the video. The video is both highly entertaining and emotive, and above all, refreshingly unique.
Lyrical highlights include ‘it’s our mission, an ambition, a simple aspiration, to propagate the virtue of civil debate, where respect to aggression does, invalidate - that’s why we’re proud proponents of this rarer form of art, in a message that we’re rapping directly from the heart’.
Talk It Out is Singh’s debut song, which he composed, arranged, wrote, rapped, conceptualised and directed himself, in his ‘spare time’. The video has received rave reviews and comments from viewers, mostly in the US and Canada, including the following:
- The world needs to hear this. Hope this becomes Gangnam Style raised to 100. They should play this on channels which broadcast parliament sessions;
- I am seriously impressed by this video, and even more so by the words to this rhapsody. Very inspiring!!! My respect to all of you;
- A friend of mine sent me this video and it is simply WOW! I have been in the Toastmasters Club in Canada for the last 14 years and NEVER, I mean NEVER have I been blown away. I don’t know if it is the music or the catchy script... I would like to bow down to you with respect Japanese style.
- I am a member of the Oxford Union..This video was fantastic..people like you is why I am so passionate about rhetoric.
Shorter comments include: 'This is Epic', 'Mesmerising', 'Very Inspiring', 'Thoughtful', 'I'd much rather my kids grow up watching this kind of video', 'This is real rap', 'Perfection my friends', 'Awesome - I'm stumped!'. Most comments are sourced from 'Talk It Out' on YouTube.
Singh launched his video on Twitter with this tongue in cheek tweet: ‘Sometimes it takes a good old Indian song and dance to make an elementary point', referring to a rapidly rising discontent in India of unruly and disrespectful behaviour by some legislators. The tweet was unnoticed but the video quickly started becoming popular around the world.
Whilst 'Talk It Out' is a far cry from the mass appeal of Gangnam Style and Kolaveri Di, it is easy to understand why this video has also been so popular and resonated across national and cultural boundaries.
The video can be viewed via this YouTube link: Talk It Out - A Debaters' Rhapsody - YouTube Video.