express news service
Kannur: Sucheta Satish is on cloud nine. His musical feat earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for singing 120 songs in 120 languages in seven hours and 20 minutes. The 16-year-old, who attempted the feat during ‘Music Beyond Borders’, a concert in Dubai on August 19, has broken the record set in 2008 by another Indian, Kesiraju Srinivas, who sang in 76 languages.
Songs were sung in 29 Indian languages and 91 world languages. He started his endeavor at 12 noon by singing the Sanskrit song ‘Janaki Jaane’ from a Malayalam film Dhvani. He concluded the record effort with a Hindi song written by his mother Sumita Ayiliath, a performer, and a Hindi song composed by Bollywood composer Monty Sharma.
The event was held at the Indian Consulate Auditorium in Dubai and was attended by Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai, as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of India’s independence and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Emirates.
Sucheta’s father Dr TC Satish is a Dermatologist at Unicare Medical Center, Dubai. Both his parents are from Kannur. A student of Plus One from Indian High School, Dubai, at the age of 12, she attracted the attention of musicians by singing songs in 102 languages.
Sucheta, who was initiated into music by her parents at the age of three, initially started learning Carnatic music. Later he turned to Hindustani music. Now, she learns Carnatic music from renowned playback singer Asha Menon and Hindustani music from Sujatha Harish Kumar and Jayaprasad.
“Dubai has given me a good platform to learn songs in different languages as it is a mix of world cultures. We have a lot of friends from all over India,” Sucheta said. He further added that it was his friends who helped him with the dictionary while singing in different languages. Her brother Sushant is a third year medical student. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records recognized his achievement on their website on 25 September.