Udupi: Various researches have shown that music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. Having full understanding of this, Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI), Udupi district undertook a unique musical initiative to attract and inspire children to study and lean towards education during the time of pandemic.
Speaking to News Karnataka, N.H Nagur, DDPI of Udupi district said that "due to Covid Pandemic it has been a year that students are away from school. We have released the music album CD, Akshara Ambari with 15 songs to make the children aware of the importance of education, inspire them to come to school, build love and respect towards school, and finally inspire the entire society to get educated”.
Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. It helps the body and the mind work together. Further, research have also found that dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills too.
Elaborating about the initiative, Nagur said, “music always attracts more children than mere teaching. We have already distributed 200 CDs among the teachers of all the school and colleges free of cost. As the students are not attending the offline classes the songs are sent to them on WhatsApp and also available on YouTube”. It is a unique initiative to bring together teachers, students, parents, society as well as the Department of Education under a single umbrella and help education system develop through responsible contribution, he added.
The CD was released on April 14 by G. Jagdeesh, Deputy Commissioner, Udupi district, and K Raghupathi Bhat, MLA at vidhyodaya public school auditorium.
About Akshara Ambari
Akshara Ambari is a music album that aims to unite the students, teachers parents, and the entire educational system together. N.H Nagur, DDPI of Udupi district has written the lyrics. The Akshara Ambari consists of 15 songs, like "Shri Guruve, Shikshaka Rashtra Rakshaka, Namage Nivu Nimage Navu that inspires the teachers, where the others songs like Magu ni Nagu, Makkalemage Baduku, Nagabaraditte are related to the children. While, Akshara Ambari, Akshara Teru, Akshara Gudi, Banniranna Shalege, Shala Vatsavya are related to school and aims to build love and respect towards school, songs like Odu Okkalu, Pustakadinda Masthaka inspire the people to educate themselves and join school.
Madhuru Narayana Sharalaya, Malini M P, Vasudev Gangera, Sakharam H, Subramanya Upadhya B, Netravathi Nayak, Suhasini Narayan, and Nandini D'Souza have lent their voices for the album. Muralidhar K of Madhav Smaranam, digital audio studio, Bannanje has composed, directed and provided background music. Madhuru Sharalaya trained the teachers in vocals. The compering is by Rupa Kini.
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