The Late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s legacy of peace and dignity for all continues today and the expat community in the sultanate shares the same love and respect for the beloved leader as the citizens.
Paying tribute to Baba Qaboos, an expatriate couple hailing from Mangalore, India, has released a song in Konkani.
Lyricist Clarence Pinto, who has lived in Oman for 27 years, said, “His Majesty Sultan Qaboos was the guardian of all the people in Oman, and an inspiration to the world. He taught us the meaning of generosity and true humanity.” Pinto described his death as “an immeasurable loss” for all communities in Oman.
Having experienced the love of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and the welcoming nature of the people of Oman inspired Pinto to write Amar Tum Sultan Qaboos. “This is my tribute to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and expression of gratitude to the people of Oman.”
Calling Oman his second home, Pinto, who works as general manager of a fire and safety company, said, “Oman has given us, our family and fellow Indians, everything that we need.”
Pinto likened the lyrics of Amar Tum Sultan Qaboos to an outpour of emotions for the late leader, the Omani people and the country. “Every person who lives or has lived in this beautiful country loves and respects Baba Qaboos. The song will be enjoyed by anyone who has a connection with Oman,” Pinto said, adding that to expand its viewership, English and Arabic subtitles have been added to the video.
Sung by Pinto’s wife Jane Ida Pais, the track is set to music by Roshan D’Souza, a renowned composer from Mangalore.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the song couldn’t be recorded in Muscat as originally planned. The vocals were recorded in Muscat and sent to Mangalore for post-production.
(Text by Syed Fasiuddin)