I loved singing “Vande Mataram” as a child: Prajakta Shukre

“During my childhood chocolate was the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and so often that flashy smile of getting a reward for being good.
 “Born & brought up in a typical small town of Khandwa ,in MP,  enjoying life in an unspoilt surroundings,  with several festivities ,occasions all marked by fireworks and film and patriotic music, blaring away on load speakers… The memories are amazing; I had freedom in every way - but I see everything from a different perspective now that I live outside”--Singer Prajakta Shukre.

Years later the young singer Prajakta is still a child at heart when it comes to children & childhood memories. With Children’s Day coming up, Prajakta Shukre reminisces about her singing at the age of six, along with her older brother, who walked away with the prize, leaving her teary-eyed. But destiny had something special for Prajakta. She became the cynosure of everyone in school and got the privilege to open all events at school with “Vande Mataram” which remains dear to her heart  till date.

Going down memory lane she said, “The moment there was an occasion in school, be it some guests from the education ministry, patriotic days or some important events at school  my principal would have me on the stage to sing “Vande Mataram”.I would sing with so much of pride and sincerity, but never imagined that I would take to singing for life.”

Prajakta believes a child who is learning music is learning to use multiple skill sets, often all at the same time. Music education prepares students for development of their basic skills.On this Children’s Day she makes an appeal that music should be taught very young. It goes a long way in moulding ones character. Her all time favourite songs are Yeh Tara Who Tara…from Swadesh & all songs from Taare Zameen Par.


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