National award-winning singer and songwriter Kailash Kher, who released her new song ‘Yeh Hai Badalta Bharat, Naye Hauslon Ka Naya Bharat’ to celebrate the results of the Tokyo Olympics medalists, says parents should encourage their sons and daughters to pursue their passion because “not all young people can become doctors or engineers”.
Kher said: “If we look at the story of Mirabai Chanu who won a silver medal for India, we see that her journey started from scratch. She used to go with her mother and brother to the forest to gather wood, and her mother noticed that she could carry more wood than her brother. That’s how her mother discovered her natural talent in weightlifting. Mirabai underwent so much education before he finally made our nation proud.
“There must be so many Mirabais who have to wait to be discovered, and yet they remain unnoticed. Sports and the arts are not seen as safe career paths, and parents in particular are concerned about athletes’ limited career opportunities. But they need to encourage their children to take up sports as a career. With my song, I hope to change the way they think. The song, written and sung by Kher, was released in the Damroo app.
Asked how young people could be encouraged to play sports professionally instead of seeing them as hobbies, Kher pointed out the fundamental problem that many budding sports stars or artists faced.
“See, whether you’re a singer or a sports star, corporate sponsors will run after you to sign up for a brand ambassador once you become a star when you win a medal,” Kher said. “But it is difficult to find sponsors to invest in training, food and everything else that a budding athlete requires. So how can you expect young people to practice art or sports, especially if they do not come from affluent families? Yes, there is no guarantee that a child will win Olympic medals, or that every song she sings is a super hit, but can you kill the dream? ”
Kher mentioned “iconic artists” like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi or our own Lataji. With their performance, Kher said, “they put us on the global map.” Similarly, he concluded today: “Mirabai Chanu, PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Neeraj Chopra and the men’s hockey team are the reasons why we feel proud to be Indians.”
–By Arundhuti Banerjee