Earth Anthem (Abhay Kumar song)

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Earth Anthem is a poem-song by Indian poet and diplomat Abhay Kumar, recorded in eight languages including all official languages of the United Nations, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish,[1] as well as Hindi and Nepali. Its first line "Cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl" has been quoted by the editorial board of Christian Science Monitor to invoke our planet as "the one and mutual home of all humanity, the stage for the whole human story, surrounded by a void of seemingly endless space which merits tender, thoughtful care." [2] It is intended to be an anthem for the planet Earth. Renowned violinist L. Subramaniam has composed music for it and renowned Bollywood playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy has sung it.[3][4] It has been lauded by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.[5] It was performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Cláudio Santoro National Theater, Brasilia in February 2018.[6]

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and all the oceans
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
diverse cultures, beliefs and ways
we are humans, Earth is our home
all the people and all the nations
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue marble flag.

"Earth Anthem" by Abhay Kumar[7]

It was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day by Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, then Union Ministers of India, at a function organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi.[8] It is supported by the global organization Habitat For Humanity.[9]

India's Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE has used it for educational purposes.[10][11][12] Earth Anthem has also been used by partner schools of British Council Schools Online,[13] Regent School, Abuja,[14] Assam Valley School,[15] Euro School, Kathmandu[16] and Loreto Day School, Kolkata[17] among others.

The 3rd Nepal-Africa Film Festival opened in Kathmandu, Nepal with the screening of the song.[18][19] Hollywood actor Robert Lin has called the song a “great concept and certainly a forever theme to be written and sung about.”[20] Indian film-maker Shyam Benegal has called multi-language lyrics extremely inspiring.[21] The US Consul General Jennifer McIntyre has called Kumar's Earth Anthem a significant contribution to Earth Day and truly an anthem for the Earth.[22] Academy Award winner Hollywood director Jeffrey D. Brown called it a joyous celebration of common humanity.[23]


"We find that the idea of having an Earth Anthem is a creative and inspiring thought which would contribute to bringing the world together.


"We commend you (Abhay K) on your efforts to create an 'earth anthem' and are delighted to support its promotion.

"Habitat for Humanity"[25]

"Vedas- the first book of universal knowledge and wisdom says, 'Bhumi Mata Putroaham'- which means 'Earth is my mother, I am her son'. This is one of the essences of ancient Indian philosophy. Every effort to protect and respect mother earth is an effort to protect ourselves and our generations to come. The Earth Anthem is a beautiful effort in this direction. Thanks to all. Best wishes to Abhay Ji.

"Kailash Satyarthi"[26]

"The idea of an Earth Anthem is an excellent one which I fully endorse, Abhay Kumar's multi-language lyric is extremely inspiring and can easily be made into an official anthem for our beautiful planet."- Shyam Bengal, Winner Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winner[27]
"Our planet needs an official earth anthem..,a song that every one across the world can sing, along with ones national anthems.I commend the effort made by poet-diplomat abhay k towards getting an official anthem for our planet."- Manisha Koirala, Actress[28]
"A significant contribution to Earth Day has been the “Earth Anthem,” which was written by Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar, which includes lyrics in eight different languages. Truly an anthem for the Earth, it is an important addition to this international holiday."- Jeniffer McIntyre, US Consul General, Chennai, India[29]
"I am very very happy to do this Earth Anthem, and very happy that Mr. Abhay has written and put so much effort to make this happen. I think if people start listening to it and understanding what it is about, what lyrics are about, what its sound and emotions are about, its like we are all one, happily we are living on the earth, Earth is ours, its not that you're different, I'm different, we can be from different places, it has set depth to the whole thing, the concept. So if people understand, it will change the mentality of the man as generally music is the universal language

"Dr. L. Subramaniam"[30]

"I just listened to Abhay K's lovely 'Earth Anthem' - what a joyous celebration of our common humanity. The blue pearl is something many yoga traditions have us meditate to find - wonderful to realize this is also our beloved planet Earth.

"Jeffrey D. Brown"[31]

"...a global consciousness has certainly begun to emerge. To tap into this nascent consciousness and give it form and focus, we need to establish a common language and common icons. In time, then, emerging generations of global citizens would come to rally around these, in realizing their debt to and in paying tribute to the planet that sustains us all. What better icon, then, than our planet itself, and what more universal language than music! Earth Anthem shared and sung by all the peoples of the world."- Dr. Shashi Tharoor[32]


  1. "Earth Anthem sung by Nepali singer Shreya Sotang released in New Delhi". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  2. <] Christian Science Monitor, 10 October 2018
  3. Earth Anthem played on occasion of World Environment Day DNA, 5 June 2017
  4. Earth Anthem will help create awareness about environmental protection Times of India, 5 June 2017
  5. K Satyarthi lauds common Earth Anthem initiative, extends support Deccan Chronicle 16 June 2017
  6. Earth Anthem by Abhay K. performed by Symphony Orchestra of National Theatre, Brasilia YouTube, 30 March, 2018
  7. Download Earth Anthem Earth Anthem Website, 27 April 2014
  8. "Indian diplomat pens anthem for earth". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  9. Habitat for Humanity International gets people to sing Earth Anthem ANI, 30 Aug, 2014
  10. "Sound bite". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  11. [1] CBSE website,2014
  12. "CBSE Books and Support Material 2014". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  13. RIS spread CBSE message to all World British Schools Online website, 22 April 2014
  14. The Regent Digest Regent School Abuja website, page-2, 5 Jun, 2014
  15. Kick the Habit Assam Valley School website 7 jun, 2014
  16. [2] Euro School Website May/June 2015
  17. [3] EarthSmiles.Net, 23 April 2015
  18. " - News in English from Nepal: Fast, Full & Factual News". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  19. " : Nepal's No. 1 News Portal". Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  20. "A forever theme". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  21. Abhay K's multi language lyrics of 'Earth Anthem' extremely inspiring: Benegal ANI, 6 August 2014
  22. Newsletter of the Consulate General of the United States of America, Chennai September 2014
  23. Hollywood director Jeffrey D. Brown lauds Indian poet's Abhay K's Earth Anthem The Times of India, 11 November 2014
  24. [4] Times of India, 28 February 2014
  25. [5] Yahoo News, 30 August 2014
  26. [6] Deccan Chronicle, 16 June 2017
  27. [7] Yahoo news, 6 November 2014
  28. [8] MEA India File, 6 May 2014
  29. [9] US State Department Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 2, April-June 2014
  30. [10] Times of India, 5 June 2017
  31. [11] Business Standard, 12 Nov 2014
  32. [12] Dr. Shashi Tharoor Official You Tube Channel, 18 Oct 2017

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