Pune/Nagpur: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta has recorded a Marathi song as part of “save girl child” campaign and fight against “female foeticide” by NGOs with which she has been associated in the past.
Maharashtra has a sex ratio (number of females per thousand of male) of 929:1000, which is less than the national average of 943:1000.
Amruta, who works as an associate vice-president in Axis Bank, says the song titled, Tila Jagu Dya (Let her live), is about the journey of a new-born girl child.
“When approached on the need to create awareness against female foeticide, I immediately agreed. Music has been my passion since my school days. I have taken lessons in classical music which I intend to still pursue,” says Amruta.
“Even after my marriage, I have been performing at private functions. But this was the first time I recorded a song in a studio. After going through the lyrics, I was sure I wanted to record the song. It captured ‘nari shakti’ from a vulnerable new born baby to powerful woman. After all, she is the source of life and joy which cannot be denied,” Amruta says.
“When I was recording the song, the image in front of me was that of my five-year-old daughter Divija. It is beyond my reasoning and imagination how any body can curse the birth of a girl child. Crime against women is a sin,” she says.
Asked about her husband’s reaction to her song, Amruta says, “I just sang one stanza to him and also shared the recorded song. I guess he liked it. He asked me to keep working for the cause and do much more,” says Amruta.
The song, composed by Shrirang Urhekar, has lyrics by Prajakta Patwardhan and music by Anay Gadgil. It was recorded by Swarnad Studio in Pune.