Rabindra Jayanti – Rabindranath Tagore’s songs reaches Arabia, 3 music in Arabic launched in Dubai

Ora Sawyers

La la tubali al nasruwatin…. What numerous in Bengal may come across challenging to recognize would seem familiar if they were being to listen to Suchetha Satish lend her voice to the text, as those would be the opening bars of the Rabindrasangeet Nai nai bhoy hobe hobe jai.

The girl from Kerala now settled with her family in Dubai has recorded 3 Tagore tracks in Arabic which have been introduced as portion of an album named ‘Tagore Past Horizon’ at the Indian consulate auditorium in Dubai. Tagore’s 161st start anniversary will be celebrated on Monday.

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“There are no Tagore music obtainable in Arabic translation and Rabindranath Tagore is not a great deal known in the Arab earth, which is a pity. We considered in the 75th yr of India’s Independence which is also the yr of the 50th Countrywide Day of Dubai, a venture that would spread the fragrance of Tagore below would be most fitting,” said Suchetha’s father T.C. Satish, talking from Dubai.

Dev Chakraborty, a Dubai-based new music director and singer, mooted the strategy and for the translation they arrived at out to Emirati poet laureate Shihab Ghanem, a 2013 receiver of the Tagore Peace Prize from the Asiatic Culture.

The three experienced collaborated before as effectively. In December, on the celebration of the UAE Countrywide Working day, Dev experienced set to tune an Arabic poem by Ghanem which Suchetha sang.

“I analyzed Arabic till Grade VII. I have sung several songs before, like some authentic compositions,” claims the Grade XII pupil of Indian Higher University, Dubai.

A different Arabic tune by her on the Dubai ruler’s 70th birthday was composed by Monty Sharma, the new music director of the movies ‘Black’ and ‘Saawariya’, and launched by the Indian consulate in Dubai.

In the Tagore album, Deb has sung the Bengali originals when Suchetha rendered the Arabic variations. But even if she had to sing both of those, she would have experienced no challenges. Suchetha retains the Guinness Earth Document for singing in the most amount of languages in a live performance considering that August 2021 when she sang in 120 languages in seven hours and 20 minutes.

The album becoming introduced on Friday by the consul general of India, Aman Puri (2nd from appropriate), with Shihab Ghanem, Dev Chakraborty and Suchetha Satish. (Ideal) Suchetha getting handed the Guinness document in August 2021

Singing the very first stanza of Pherari mon, the melodious ‘Antaheen number’ by her idol Shreya Ghoshal, for the duration of a video call with The Telegraph, she explained she was blessed with an potential to choose up pronunciations of new languages. Her repertoire incorporates tunes in languages setting up with each and every letter in the English alphabet.

“That contains Q. We did not even know that a language called Quechua existed till we stumbled upon a track from Peru on YouTube,” laughed Satish, a dermatologist.

The toughest to decide up ended up the click on languages of southern Africa, Suchetha mentioned. She has sung in two these kinds of — Xhosa, Nelson Mandela’s mother tongue, and Zulu. “The Guinness committee appoints language witnesses, who are indigenous speakers of every language. They have to approve of the pronunciation before the committee accepts a assert. To be handed the document, Suchetha experienced to get constructive suggestions from each and every of people evaluators,” he said.

Suchetha had organized well. “Dubai staying a cosmopolitan metropolis with people from more than 200 nationalities, it is not hard to uncover, say, a Zulu speaker. We experienced a pronunciation examine ahead of she went for the programme,” he added.

Suchetha experienced been using firm techniques to the Guinness mark for a long time. At 12, she set a environment record for the longest live performance by a boy or girl, singing in 102 languages in six hours and 15 minutes, breaking the present history of three hrs and 20 minutes by a Romanian lady.

“Guinness does not confess entries from men and women underneath 16. This was adjudicated by the Planet History Academy, the American equivalent of Guinness,” she explained. In April 2020, Suchetha sang a Covid consciousness tune in 32 languages. The Kerala federal government picked 5 of those people, which include the Bengali version, for its Crack the Chain marketing campaign.

“As shortly as she turned 16, we utilized to Guinness,” Satish mentioned.


The journey experienced started with the go to of a Japanese dermatologist to their household. “While driving her to the airport, my father questioned her to sing a Japanese track. I preferred it so considerably that I picked it up and sent a recording to her even in advance of she landed dwelling. She mentioned I sounded like a native speaker. That gave me the self-confidence at the age of nine and a 50 percent that I could pick up songs in international tongues,” claimed Suchetha.

To begin with, her parents chose the songs.

“Now folks arrive forward and request her to sing in their mother tongue,” Satish stated.

And Suchetha is not resting on her laurels. Her initial primary Bhutanese track will launch this thirty day period. “She had sung a Bhutanese cover which many men and women favored in Bhutan. The composer contacted her on Fb and requested her to sing his original composition. We recorded that previous 7 days,” Satish reported.

Her repertoire now has extended to 132 languages.

Suchetha has plans to release a lot more Tagore tunes in Arabic. “Even if her Tagore venture reaches 100 listeners, it will be value the hard work,” Satish mentioned.

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