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A Tryst with Languages- Brainfeed in Conversation With Rudra Pratap Singh

Rudra Pratap Singh

Rudra Pratap Singh, 16 YO from St Mary’s Academy, Meerut, in conversation with Brainfeed opens up about his younger days spent learning nation anthems and experiencing the pride of another country

Please brief us about your journey of learning anthems.

My inspiration to learn different anthems came through travelling to foreign countries. During each trip, I grew more inquisitive about learning the history and language of the country I am visiting. I grew up to achieve Uttar Pradesh Book of Records and Geniuses Book of World Record for reciting the highest number of national anthems of different countries. Today, I am the second youngest anthem-ologist In India. I know 23 national anthems in 19 different languages and accents.  My biggest achievement is mastering the South African national anthem which is composed of 11 different languages.

Here’s an interesting story and watching a match between India and South Africa on TV. When the countries were playing their anthems, I could not help but stare amazed at the overwhelming emotions on people’s faces singing the anthem. It was a rare opportunity to watch this plethora of emotions on a cricket field.

 

My inspiration to learn different anthems came through travelling to foreign countries. During each trip, I grew more inquisitive about learning the history and language of the country I am visiting. Today, I am the second youngest anthem-ologist In India

 

What is the significance of social works in your life?

I have received the Rashtray Gaurav Samaan for social works. Well, my grandmother used to say even if you have two chapattis and you give away one to save another life; it is the most beautiful thing to do. Every time I extend a helping hand, her words resonate within me. Human beings have the best cognitive abilities which allow us experience a floodlight of emotions, and we should make the best use of it.

How do you juggle academic burden and this free spirit of serving the society/learning new things?

Time management does the trick for me! Besides my parents have always encouraged me to discover what my passions are. I remember, I was 13 and was watching a football match with my parents. The French national anthem was playing on TV. I sprang up on my feet and started singing using the perfect pronunciation and accent. Ever since, I have not looked back.

What are your hobbies?

In my leisure time, I love singing, swimming and drawing face canvas painting. I have done Pablo Picasso and abstract art on face.

What kind of support you have received from your school and parents?

Generally, parents can be extremely patronizing towards children, pressuring them to score the highest. Due to this, many of us might possibly have blanked out at some point. Nonetheless, I have got the space to explore myself, thanks to my parents and school. My school has helped me to juggle extracurricular, social work and academia. It has helped me become a multitasker. My parents have essentially helped me to recognize myself as a human being.

Believe in yourself. We are all capable of possessing a beautiful mind.

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