A music video on YouTube is taking social media by the storm and it's not a new movie trailer or a new song by a famous artist. It's a bunch of children singing AR Rahman and Michael Jackson songs on the beaches of Chennai.
A group of children, known as the 'Chennai Children's Choir', who come from "severely exploited and marginalized backgrounds", sing some of the most popular songs of Hindi and Tamil cinema, without missing a note.
Six children in the group are visually challenged and two have spectrum disorder, but one thing that is common to all is their love for music.
The video was conducted by NalandaWay Foundation, a non-profit that works with children from the poorest districts in India, helping them raise their voices and issues through theatre, visual arts, music, dance, radio and films.
Three months ago, these 50 kids who were chosen after auditioning 500 children from 240 government and NGO schools performed for the first time at a packed house at the Tattvaloka auditorium in Chennai.
“We wanted the choir group to be inclusive. We looked for children with disabilities who had talent we could groom. Our goal is to give a platform for underprivileged children and showcase their talents,” NalandaWay founder Sriram Ayer had said.
But wasn't it difficult for them to sing the English and Hindi songs? Nope.
“Oh, it was easy! They (The teachers) would write the words on the board, tell us the meaning for each of the words and we memorised it," one from the talented group of children told New Indian Express.
This one's going to give you goosebumps for five straight minutes.
Watch the video above.
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