Mumbai’s Aarsha Mukherji uploaded a video on YouTube for a school project and it is going viral. The 15-year-old student is seen singing a song about the beauty of India but in a total of 22 Indian languages.
You can watch Aarsha Mukherji singing her song on YouTube here!
Aarsha Mukherji: This Song Is About My India
For her IB school’s project, Aarsha Mukherji composed a song about India’s glory and heritage. She composed the song in English. However, to show the diversity of the country, Aarsha did something that would eventually make her viral over YouTube and other social media sites.
“This song is about my India, and what I want it to be. It is a beautiful country, but can we make it even more beautiful than it already is.”
With help, Aarsha Mukherji translated the song into the 22 official Indian languages mentioned in the Constitution. On Youtube, she explains “For my school’s IB-MYP Personal Project, I composed a song, wrote original English lyrics for it and sang it in all 22 official languages of India as per the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.”
Singing In 22 Languages
It is not easy to sing in 22 different languages. Aarsha’s song included well-known languages like Hindi, Tamil and Bengali but also lesser-known ones like Santali and Meiti. She sang in languages like Bodo as well, which is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken primarily by the Bodo tribes of Northeast India.
She also mentions that she has been working on the song for four months. “I am extremely grateful to everyone who has helped in translating the lyrics and teaching me the languages over the last four months. I’ve tried my best to be authentic in my pronunciations, but please forgive me for any errors.”
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Aarsha Mukherji thanked her parents for all their support. Apart from her parents, she also thanked the music director Raja Narayan Deb, who works in the Bollywood and Bengali film industry. “Here’s one person I couldn’t have done this without—Raja uncle (Raja Narayan Deb)—the fabulous music director who helped me learn so much about arrangement.”
Why Did She Write This Song?
The song contains lines like “hate is not the emotion we should live by”. Another line goes “we need love in our hearts, unity in our prayers.” Aarsha Mukherji’s song speaks mainly about the current scenario of the country. While our country is beautiful, she says, it “is torn apart by politics.” We must not live by “hate, division, rejection and fear.” The young student appeals to everyone to embrace love. “There is still hope for us to come together,” she sings.
Aarsha’s song included well-known languages like Hindi, Tamil and Bengali but also lesser-known ones like Santali and Meiti. She sang in languages like Bodo as well, which is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken primarily by the Bodo tribes of Northeast India.
Aarsha says, “This song is about my India, and what I want it to be. It is a beautiful country, but can we make it even more beautiful than it already is.”
Picture Credit: India Today
Prapti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV