February 21, 2020
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Shubhendra Rao

The Delhi-based musician is keen to introduce music education to every child in India.

Shubhendra Rao

Do you want music to be made part of the school curriculum?

It should be a part of the curriculum; children should adapt to music, it being the first language they respond to.

What is the glocalised music education you talk of?

That’s a term we have coined, joining global outlook and local flavour. We have a beautiful Indian flavour; to keep that alive we need a global outlook to it.

Are kids are interested in classical music?

At age 3-4, kids are innocent. If they are introduced to good music, they will adapt to it.

Are there enough music teachers?

Many musicians become teachers but are not good educators. They need special kind of training for that. Our initiative sensitises teachers.

What about availability of musical instruments in small towns, villages?

When every village can have a computer then why is it difficult to have musical instruments?

How does music help children?

Research proves that children who learn music have a large vocabulary, and is essential for those with learning disabilities too. Music is to the brain what exercise is to the body!

What is the status of classical music?

Its popularity is spiralling. I think it has a huge role to play in these challenging times.

Is it appreciated globally?

Yes, it is very accessible to people from different cultures and all walks of life.

What music influences you the most?

Even though I am trained in classical music, I am open to all kinds of music—film music or ghazals.

You play the sitar, your wife plays the cello...do you play in harmony?

We have been married for 14 years and there is nothing better than being married harmoniously—both on and off stage.

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