Suchetha Satish, a 12-year-old girl from Kerala, is all set to create a new world record by singing in 102 languages at a concert. Representatives from the US-based World Record Academy will be present at the event on January 25 at the Indian Consulate Auditorium in Dubai.
Educational background and family
Suchetha is a Class VII student at the Indian High School in Dubai. She started learning music when she was only four years old. She is a trained singer in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music. Her parents — TC Satish, a dermatologist from Kannur, and Sumitha — chose the songs. She later learned the meaning of each song.
The idea of creating such a record struck her after listening to her father’s Japanese friend singing a folk song. “I learnt the song from him and I could sing just like him,” said Suchetha.
Since then, it was her new-found passion to learn songs in various languages from YouTube and other online sources.
Suchetha will begin the concert with a Sanskrit song and end it with a patriotic song in Hindi. She has selected popular, folk and traditional songs for her performance and 25 Indian languages will find space in her effort. The rest will be sung according to the alphabetical order of each language.
In a bid to give her best on the big day, she is doing voice therapy exercises and learning breathing techniques. The total duration of the concert is expected to be five hours. “We are taking care so that she can maintain her stamina right through the concert,” said Sumitha.