At the Chennai Poetry Circle’s annual meet on 30th January2017, it was bonhomie as usual- Meeting friends, exchanging notes, reciting and appreciating poetry. Before the recitations began, we also had two eminent professors of English who are also poetry critics Prof T.Sriraman and Dr Ganesh sharing the nuances of classical poetry and the changing trend of Indians writing in English. The occasion was also witness to a cute little event- CD release of “Sing along …. Indian Rhymes”, nursery rhymes for children of 3+ years. Ms Hema Ravi. One of the creators of the rhymes was present on the occasion.
The rhymes are written by Dr R. Lakshmi Perundevi and Ms Hema Ravi, both accomplished personalities in their chosen fields of education and communication. They are also wonderful poets and dear friends from the poetry circles. Indian children, over the years have been fed the staple diet of rhymes set in an alien scenario. We have rhymes of the pussy cat, which went to London to look at the queen or of the escapades of Jack and Jill. For a change, in this CD you get to know about “nanhi munni Meena , Lakshmi the cow and the Indian street vegetable vendor.
As for me, I loved everything about this CD. It not only gives children the Indian context but also introduces them to aspects of hygiene, morals ( Bapuji and the monkeys) and polite behaviour( Magic words). The CD has a cute little booklet as companion that has the lyrics and pictorial illustrations. Professionally designed, it has refreshing music by R.Kumar Narayanan of Sain tunes creative services pvt Ltd and pleasing young voices of Vidhyaa, Ridhi, Priyanka, Athithi, Harshittha, Varsha, Sanjanaa, Kumar Narayanan and Anish. Illustrations are by Rajalakshmi Parthan, Nivedha, Srivats and Harisruthi. Anish Mohan is the programmer with the recording and mixing done at Saintunes studios.
Sing Along …. Indian Rhymes is a boon to the little children of our country and is modestly priced at Rs 125/ per CD. I congratulate the lyricist producers Dr Lakshmi and Ms Hema as also everyone associated with this initiative. It could be the forerunner for many more such efforts customising the needs of the Indian tiny tots!