(This article is authored by Alar)
Chennai is inching closer to having a pride feather on its cap as the city is getting ready to host the 44th edition of the Chess Olympiad, which is the globally popular Chess tournament and it's the first time that any Indian city is hosting the tournament. As Chennai is making history, the city is writing it well with iconic faces and paintings. The tournament will be held from July 28 to August 10 in Mahabalipuram.
The inaugural ceremony will be held at Nehru Stadium in Chennai and it will be participated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ahead of the event, Chennai has become a world of chess as from turning the Napier bridge into a mega chessboard to hoarding banners across the city, the state government has been exhibiting how it is being prepared to host the tournament. Hadn't there been a war with Ukraine, Russia could be hosting this tournament.
To celebrate the global festival in Chennai, Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman has composed the anthem for the Chess Olympiad and it has been directed by Vignesh Shivan. Recently, superstar Rajinikanth has released the anthem, which features AR Rahman and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, welcoming the world to Chennai.
The video shows the famous Napier bridge and monuments at Mahabalipuram. It also shows dancers performing traditional dance forms of the state. Several celebrities, too, have shared the video song on social media. Days ahead of the commencement of the tournament, AR Rahman has on Thursday - July 21 expressed how he felt about composing the anthem.
Taking to Twitter, AR Rahman wrote, "Chess Chennai 2022 is bringing the world to our Chennai. I am honoured to have had the opportunity of composing the anthem for such a truly international event. My best wishes to our Hon'ble CM MK Stalin, International Chess Federation, All India Chess Federation, and all those working hard to make India proud."