Deepak Kabir Ji’s story is one of the most unique you’ll ever hear, an enlightening crossover between social justice movements and music. In the late 1900’s, Deepak Ji attended La Martinière College. He recalls seeing multitudes of performances by local musicians; he enjoyed the rhythm and beat, however he always had trouble understanding the true meaning of the lyrics. Since many of the songs contained lyrics from ancient Indian dialects, it was very difficult for anyone to understand them. Deepak Ji simply knew that if songs, or even poems for that matter, had comprehensible meanings, they would make an even larger impact. Now this notion is what sparks Deepak Ji’s later contributions to social movements. As many of you know, the 1990’s was the peak of social change especially in women’s rights. So along with a couple of friends, Deepak Ji created the following musical chant: ka se kabutar, kha se kharghosh, badi A se Azadi, humara haq hai azadi, or, in English: p is for pigeon, b is for bunny, and f is for freedom, freedom is our right. I would like to put emphasis on the last portion of the chant: freedom is our right. This small phrase is what was so crucial during the era of social justice movements, women needed freedom, and that is exactly what this chant enabled them to do. Deepak Ji and his friends would sing this chant all around the university, and it became quite the hit; it eventually reached protests on the streets where you could hear powerful women being proponents for their own rights chanting “HUMARA HAQ HAI AZADI”, freedom is our right. So through this small chant, Deepak Ji was actually able to inspire many women to fight for their rights. Additionally, the exposure didn’t stop at women’s rights movements, you could also hear this chant being used by the vice president and in literary works. Seeing how popular such a simple chant was, Deepak Ji was inspired to create more empowerment-inspired songs and chants for the women’s rights movement. Deepak Ji created around 25-30 songs in honor of women’s rights, and for that, he should be applauded. These songs circulated throughout La Martinière and even through the city. Eventually, Deepak Ji’s songs became so popular to the point that he recorded them in a studio. Through these inspiring chants, Deepak Ji was able to foster growth and change for women in Indian society. He weaved his innate musical passion into social change, think about that, truly astounding.