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‘Shout it out’ music album launched in Tamil Nadu on Children’s Day

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His Excellency Shri Surjit Singh Barnala, on the occasion of the release of a music album by children

By Sangeetha Rajeesh and Bharathi Aravind

“Children are diamonds of tomorrow and need to be cut and polished to glitter in the years to come, they are our future and the prime responsibility of an adult is to create the right atmosphere for children to grow” said His Excellency Shri Surjit Singh Barnala, on the occasion of the release of a music album by children, ‘Shout it Out’. Recalling his close association with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, he said that ‘November 14, Children’s Day reminded him of the people’s responsibility towards children and the organizer’s could not have chosen a better day for the launch’.

Mr. Lakshminarayanan, Chairman, NASSCOM received the first copy of the album.

“Shout It Out”, is a music album with a difference. It’s about issues that children want to make adults aware of. Children have been completely involved in research, conceptualisation and rendering of the songs. This album by children is part of the East Side Story production – a project of NalandaWay Foundation supported by UNICEF.

Observing that the status of children in India have improved over the last five years, the Governor said that the National Plan of Action 2005 ensures all rights of the children, and has helped reduce infant mortality while improve the quality of education for all. Congratulating NalandaWay Foundation, UNICEF and the children, His Excellency said he was proud to release the music album ‘Shout it out’ and urged many more voluntary organisations to come forward with novel projects to help children.

In his Presidential address, Mr Thomas George, Officer-In-Charge, UNICEF – Tamil Nadu and Kerala said that UNICEF champions the child’s right to survival, protection, participation and development, and particularly focuses on the more vulnerable. Terming ‘child participation’ as a “non-negotiable” right, he said, “Participation is a human right for all children as it develops their skills, gives them self-identity and builds confidence.” Adding that participation enable self-protection thus helping children make a positive contribution to society, he said, “Children contribute into the family and community, and thereby contribute towards building democracy and shared decision-making.”

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Children staging a choreographed performance of songs from the music album

UNICEF in partnership with NalandaWay Foundation has been helping children express themselves through theatre, films, radio arts and music through the East Side Story project. Over 2100 children from districts of Krishnagiri, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari and Chennai have been involved in creating over 39 productions on various themes. “In Krishnagiri, together with NalandaWay, the Department of Education, District Administration and the Local Self-Government, UNICEF initiated a process to help children participate in local self-governance through Gram Sabhas.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Lakshminarayanan said that he was honoured to receive the first copy of the CD and observed that while everybody should recognise their responsibility towards children and do their best, the best is not good enough. “Let us not open the eyes of our children to differences they cannot see,” he said, “lest our bias and values get transferred to them. They will learn on their own and become responsible.”

Mr Sriram Ayer, Founder, NalandaWay Foundation welcomed the gathering.

The release was followed by a one hour cultural programme where children staged a choreographed performance of all the songs from the music album.

The films and songs from East Side Story productions can be viewed at: Eastsidestory.in

 

 

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