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Labakku Dabakku  |  Launched on 6 December 2020  |  JeeBoo Day  |  Nursery Rhyme  |  All Ages

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Authored by Abhi Krish  |  Doodles by Brindha Menon  |  Art for Downloadable Rhyme Sheet by Nirzara Verulkar  |  Edited by Thaxsha Mark

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This song was created as part of NoolaPalooza’s Community Partnerships segment. Artists and arts groups from Singapore collaborate with author Abhi Krish to present her songs through various forms of art. Children may watch these videos to learn how to tell stories using dance, drama, music, doodles, and puppetry.

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பதூராவுக்கும் பரோட்டாவுக்கும் இடையே சண்டை. இதில் வெற்றி யாருக்கு? ஓவியர் பிருந்தா மேனனின் கைவண்ணத்தில் நம் கண் முன் விரிகிறது இக்கதை.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if a batura and parotta got into a wrestling match? Tune in with artist Brinda Menon (@artyfartybrin) as she shows you how to create simple doodles to sketch this rhyme. Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud ending!

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_single_image image=”22843″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” qode_css_animation=”” link=””][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”60px”][vc_column_text]We speak with Brindha to learn more about her art and initiatives. Read on![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]Tell us about your creative journey.

I think I’ve always had an interest to think creatively with my choice of words and ways I express myself. Since young, I really loved making and decorating greeting cards and just random notes to pass around.

‘Artyfartybrin’ is really the publicly visible portion of my creative journey that began about 4 years ago! I dived into digital illustrations and have never looked back ever since because of the ease the undo and redo buttons offer and the ability to make mistakes that are more forgiving as compared to those made with traditional pen and paper art mediums.

So yes! The works  present as Artyfartybrin tend to be a little more quirky, ‘punny’ and they often depict daily encounters or things that catch my attention about Indian traditions, the Tamil language and really, just about anything and everything!


How have you been promoting Tamil through your initiatives?

 Yes! I did a spin on the tradition 36 Days of Type, which is a social media trend where illustrators and graphic designers add their own flavour and style to the letters of the English alphabet, and decided to try it out for 22 letters (12 உயிர் எழுத்துக்கள், 10 உயிர்மெய் எழுத்துக்கள்) in the Tamil alphabet! I interpreted and illustrated these letters based on an over-arching theme of ‘Life Quotes’.

For the second year I tried this, I illustrated the letters with an over-arching theme of animals. For example, the மு in முயல் was illustrated as a bunny ear. This sparked curiosity to guess the Tamil words for the animals that each letter represented! I even learnt some Tamil names for animals that I never knew before like உடும்பு.

I also created Telegram and Whatsapp stickers and Instagram GIFs with Tamil words used colloquially, like இது எப்படி இருக்கு, which also garnered a lot of enthusiasm and positive response from followers and non-followers!


What are some challenges in engaging Tamil audiences?

I feel like majority of the Tamil audience are more interested in beauty and grooming rather than promoting the Tamil language. This makes it quite difficult to grab their attention when trying to put out content related to our language. There are definitely some of them who are as passionate and in fact, more passionate than me in the language who offer praises and suggestions – something that is definitely heart-warming and motivates me to keep putting my works out there.


What advice do you have for parents who feel out of touch with Tamil but want their children to have a better start with their mother tongue?

 There are many individuals and organisations who maintain and update social media pages and even physical centres who are trying their very best to help such parents. These parents just have to keep themselves updated with the latest happenings on social media.

The community putting themselves out to try to create Tamil resources and promote the language is indeed growing steadily. They can definitely keep themselves updated with social media or by following Seithi and Tamil Murasu because they do cover these initiatives quite widely and frequently.


What do you feel are areas of need, locally, for Tamil children’s literature?

We need more shops to sell Tamil books like @tamilwithlovesg and more educational centres like ThinkTamil Academy! Tamil books also need to be widely available in public libraries too.


Tell us about your doodles for Labakku Dabakku.

I tried to give life to a batoora and a parotta by giving them hair, eyes, noses and mouths! This would possibly excite the kids and get them to want to try drawing them out.


If you had to choose a Tamil nursery rhyme to illustrate, what would you choose and why?

I think I can only recall 2 from my own childhood – நிலா நிலா ஓடி வா and கைவீசம்மா! I really did like the short story பாட்டி சுட்ட வடை too! I think I’ll illustrate this!


Tell us what you’re working on!

I’m actually working on a Tamil children’s picture book that I wrote quite some time back but did not have the time to start on. I’m hoping that I will be able to complete it soon!


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