Eighteen-year-old Suchetha Satish, a native of Kannur, based in the UAE, recently achieved a remarkable feat by setting a new Guinness World Record for singing in the most languages during a concert. This extraordinary accomplishment took place at a nine-hour-long 'Concert for Climate' held in Dubai, serving as a prelude to the UN Climate Conference (COP 28). Suchetha surpassed the previous record of 121 languages, held by Pune-based vocalist Manjushree Oak.
Suchetha, who had previously set a world record in 2021 by singing in 120 languages, aimed to amplify her impact this time to raise awareness about climate change. The event unfolded at the Indian Consulate Auditorium in Dubai on November 24, 2023, coinciding with the dates of COP 28 at Expo City Dubai, which took place from November 30 to December 12.
Symbolic Representation of Nations
Suchetha explained that although she could sing in 145 languages, she chose the number 140 symbolically to represent the nations attending the climate summit. Her goal was to utilize the 'Concert for Climate' as a platform to spread awareness about the critical issue of climate change affecting the entire world.
A Musical Connection Across Borders
The first-year degree student in Dubai shared that her efforts to learn songs in various languages allowed her to connect with people from diverse countries. Embracing the motto of "Music beyond boundaries," Suchetha's performance aligned seamlessly with the message put forward by COP 28, advocating for joint action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
A Journey of Multilingual Musical Exploration
Suchetha's journey into multilingual singing began at the age of 10 when she learned a Japanese song after being inspired by her father's Japanese friend. Encouraged by the positive reception of her singing, she expanded her repertoire to include Arabic, Tagalog, Indian tribal languages, and African languages. Her genuine passion for music and language transcended cultural barriers.
Early Recognition and Musical Training
Identified as having a talent for music at the age of four by her parents, TC Satish, a dermatologist, and Sumitha Ayilliath, Suchetha received training in both Carnatic and Hindustan music. This early recognition and formal training laid the foundation for her exceptional musical abilities and her subsequent world records.
Suchetha Satish's remarkable achievement not only set a new benchmark in the world of music but also served as a powerful medium to raise awareness about the urgent need for global action on climate change. Her dedication to learning and performing songs in various languages reflects a commitment to fostering unity and understanding across borders through the universal language of music. In an era where the world grapples with diverse challenges, Suchetha's initiative transcends conventional boundaries, using her musical talent as a vehicle to communicate a crucial message.