Nursery rhymes and western music have always been a part of our children’s growing up years. While this is certainly wonderful, it is also a bit unfortunate that Indian music seldom finds a place in their lives.
Only a few children listen to Indian classical music. And that too because they attend a music class because the parents thought their child was ‘talented’ or ‘musically gifted’.
Initiate your children into classical music as early as you can. This doesn’t necessarily mean enrolling them in a class (we know their extra-curricular calendar is choc-a-bloc already!). Encourage children to listen to Indian music for sheer pleasure. If Carnatic and Hindustani music can have an effect on the fetus in the womb, surely they will work their magic on vivacious young minds too.
Of course, it is important to expose children to the right kind of music early on. There are plenty of peppy numbers and bhajans meant just for children, sung in a manner that will appeal to young ones. Start with simple songs that kindle their imagination. Songs on Krishna always work. Children also take to repetitive chants and rhythmic verses. Of course, you may hear the occasional groan and the ‘ah it’s so boring’ comments, but don’t give up. Slowly but surely, they will start enjoying Indian music.
Try Twaang’s Bhajans for children on the ‘We Recommend’ section. There are 17 tracks including ever-green numbers such as Hare Krishna by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Achutam Keshavam by Pallavi Arun, and Om Jai Jagadeesha Hare by Sangeeta Katti Kulkarni, apart from chants on Lord Shiva, Govinda and Ganesha. And let us know what worked and what didnt.