In 2013 a group of 600 guitarists paid a musical tribute to the Delhi gang-rape victim, playing “Imagine” by John Lennon in a bid to spread “hope, peace and promise” in a country still coming to terms with the violence.
The group assembled at a music festival in the eastern hilltown of Darjeeling, nearly three weeks after the brutal rape and murder of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi brought an outpouring of national anger.
“We chose this song because it talks about hope, peace and promise,” said Sonam Bhutia, tourism secretary of Darjeeling and one of the festival organisers.
“The song is so inspiring. It talks about a universe without any boundaries,” Bhutia said of the 1971 Lennon track.
“The tribute was a gesture on our part to show that we are with the victim’s family in their hour of unimaginable sorrow.”