Anjali Karunakaran (Silver and Bronze Award winner) experience of picking up singing for her Skills section can be explained by French poet Victor Hugo’s quote:
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”
The soothing tunes and my instructor’s melodious voice attracted me to pursue singing as a skill. The charmof our voice cannot diminish over time and it remains unaffected by our age. Music helps me to momentarily forget the hustle bustle of my daily routine and enter an unexplainable third dimension where I can connect to my cultural roots.
The serene environment and harmony of music is an effective stress buster and it spreads a sense of calm and composure in me. I develop a spiritual awareness and understand the love and devotion towards the Gods of Indian mythology.
I love to sing and it gives me deep contentment to sing Carnatic music, so much so that I find time to pursue my hobby even when I am academically busy. Filling in Carnatic music as my skill for IAYP India is not out of obligation but because it has given me a platform to be recognized for the activities that I genuinely enjoy doing.