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Sil… Silu Silu  |  Launched on 5 December 2020  |  SolliBoo Day  |  Nursery Rhyme  |  All Ages

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Authored by Abhi Krish  |  Singing by Darshini Yoganathan  |  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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SYNOPSIS

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மழையைக் கண்டால் உங்களுக்கு உற்சாகம் வருமா? அல்லது தூக்கம் வருமா? இரு ராகங்களில் இரண்டையும் நமக்குப் பாடிக்காட்டுகிறார் பாடகி தர்ஷினி யோகநாதன்.

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Do you like the rain? Does it make you excited or do you feel sleepy? The pouring weather can make each of us feel differently, isn’t it? Join carnatic vocalist Darshini Yoganathan (@ydarshini) as she teaches us how to sing this sweet song to convey two different emotions.

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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=”https://www.noolmonsters.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/NoolaPalooza-Sil-Silu-Silu-Rhyme-Sheet.pdf”][/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 Darshini to learn more about her music and initiatives. Read on![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]Tell us about your musical journey.

 I was enrolled in Carnatic (South Indian Classical) vocal music lessons since I was four and have been privileged to learn from several wonderful gurus (teachers). I presented my vocal arangetram (debut concert) in 2006 under the tutelage of the late Shri Eelanallur S Sathyalingam, as well as Smt Lalitha Sivakumar from Chennai, the daughter-in-law and sishya (student) of Gana Saraswathi Smt D.K. Pattammal. I have performed as a soloist, and as a co-vocalist for bharathanatyam performances. Alongside my career as a lawyer, I continue to pursue my music practice and consider myself to be a lifelong student of this great artform. I am currently learn from Smt Rajalakshmi Sekar of the Temple of Fine Arts.

 

How did you approach mother tongue with your child? Why was Tamil important to your family?

My husband and I wanted our child to be able to think, feel and express in Tamil, her mother tongue. We wanted for her to be strongly rooted in the Tamil language and identity before she exploring other languages and cultures that the world has to offer. We therefore made the conscious decision to speak to her only in Tamil so that she would have a solid foundation in the language. She is 2 ½ years old and she comfortably expresses herself in Tamil, which is something we are happy and proud about.

 

Tamil is important to our family because we believe it goes back to our roots, identity and our place in the world. It is very important to know who you are and where you come, especially in an increasingly interconnected and multi-cultural world. Moreover, Tamil, to us, is a very special language with such a long history and we’d love for our daughter to be able to approach Tamil literature and texts on her own some day and appreciate their literary and philosophical value.

 

 

How did you incorporate music as part of your child’s learning journey in Tamil?

 I started off by singing popular Tamil rhymes to her and Eli Puli’s contributions in this regard cannot be understated – thanks to Eli Puli, I’ve been able to expose her to new and more modern Tamil rhymes. I have also tried my hand at translating popular English rhymes into Tamil. Other than that, we also enjoy making up random tunes about something we are experiencing – for example, a silly song on anger or sadness when we go through those emotions in Tamil and with our own made up tune.

 

What are simple ways for readers to incorporate music at home to learn language. What other benefits does music provide?

You can sing or play rhymes in the background even ad you do other things around the house so that the children can listen and absorb the words and the lyrics. Without even knowing it, everyone would eventually have memorised the songs and be able to sing. And as the children get older, they are bound to ask you what the words mean which would provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce language, meaning and context.

The healing and calming powers of music are well documented and is something everyone has surely personally experienced. A popular quote comes to mine – music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

 

 

Three suggestions for making Tamil a fun, interactive element of our daily life.

Find ways to incorporate Tamil into your lifestyle – this could mean simple things like visiting an Indian grocer and talking in Tamil where possible, instead of in English, or to a Tamil restaurant and ordering in Tamil etc. Otherwise, in simple activities at home like cooking for example, you can speak in Tamil to explain what you’re doing and what ingredients are going into the food especially if you’re cooking Indian food.

 

You can play a simple and fun game of translation – like what’s the word for x object in Tamil? You can guess with your child and where both of you are not sure, you can practice describing the object in Tamil and make it an activity that you do together to look up a dictionary to find the word.

 

Make up silly Tamil songs as mentioned above about something you’re doing together with your child and have a laugh at the end of it!

 

 

As a Tamil parent, what resources do you feel are lacking to make Tamil learning more accessible? What could improve?

 Resources that are more current and deal with issues that we face today – example books on handling emotions, racial diversity, children or people with different abilities and how we can interact with them, bodily autonomy and consent, etc. The Tamil resources tend to reflect themes back from when we or our parents were young and have not changed much since then. Books and resources which reflect such diverse themes and with good graphics would definitely be a great step forward and Eli Puli is doing just that.

 

 

Tell us about Sil Silu Silu. Why are there two variatious of the same song?

 It’s a song about the approaching rain sung from two different perspectives – one from the perspective of a child who feels sleepy and relaxed due to the rainy weather and who would love to ride out the storm from under his/her blankets, and the other from the perspective of a child who feels very excited about the upcoming rain and who wishes to run out and play in the rain.

 

 

Tell us about your upcoming performances.

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