Shahana Shome – a little singing wonder who is determined to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children, has released a new cover song supporting the cause of the girl child
Shahana Shome, a twelve-year-old girl and a talented singer who idolizes Asha Bhosle, has come up with her new cover song, singing “O Ri Chiraiya” which has been released on her YouTube channel recently.
Just to recap, she had mesmersied listeners with her last released song “Yun Saja Chand” (originally sung by Asha Bhosle) aimed to raise funds for the education of the underprivileged children.
It was the Rotary Club of Bombay-Powai, which supported her earlier initiative and they were able to raise a fund of Rs. 1.34 lacs. Rotary has utilised this fund along with other resources to raise a sum of Rs 3 lacs and donate the same to Rishi Valmiki Eco School, Goregaon(W), Mumbai.
Armed with this money, the authorities will be able to fund the school fees of 30 students of Standard X and a couple of students of Standard IX. The school will also be utilizing these funds to pay fifty per cent of the teachers’ (Std. 8th – 10th) salaries for eight months.
On the occasion of the Children’s Day, Shahana presents a new song in her own unique way. It is an effort by Shahana to spread the message – “Save the Girl Child’ – through music and poetry. Written by Swanand Kirkire, the song has been put to music by Ram Sampat.
When an educated mother starts worrying about the gender of the baby before it is born, we know she is living in a society which is still orthodox, inspite of being in the 21st century.
This is what we have to change – this orthodox mentality of gender inequality, which breeds intolerance against a girl, affecting her education and success and ultimately manifests itself in crimes against her.
With some additional poetry by her father and enhanced by the haunting melody of the violin, Shahana’s emotional rendition of this unique composition brings alive the whole concept through a fantastic father – daughter interplay.
Says Shahana “I’ll continue my efforts to highlight social issues to bring about a change through my musical productions from time to time. I hope people would like it and spread the message far and wide. If through this we are able to help even one girl child anywhere, we would feel blessed.”