In his own words, guitarist Prasanna describes his latest work:
I want to introduce you to the amazing work done by the NGO Ekal Vidyalaya, which has educated 10 million children in 54,000 villages in India in the last 10 years! My visionary friends from Boston and Ekal supporters - Anuradha Palakurthi and Prashanth Palakurthi wanted to create an anthem song for Ekal and asked me to compose the song, with inspiring lyrics by poet Sunayana Kachroo. Thanks to the passion and humanitarian spirit of the Palakurthis, today I am proud to present you this heartwarming song “APNA EKAL”, which was officially launched on Oct 21 by the Hon’ble Indian Minister of Human Resources Development Shri. Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi. The poignant film for the song was made by Sanjeev Sharma.
The song features beautiful lead vocals by Anuradha Palakurthi and the legendary Hariharan, supported by a children’s choir from two Mumbai schools - NSS Hill Spring International and St. Xavier’s High School, Fort and a star cast of amazing musicians that include my longtime friend, the super talented Sivamani on percussion.
A big thanks to the amazing New York musicians for bringing the song to life – Ismail, Jay, Abhik, Manu, Steve, Kenny, Nandakumar and Nitin!
Thanks to Nejal Doshi and Kevin D’Souza, the music teachers of the two schools for training the children to sing so well.
Thanks to the Duff Harris, Shantanu Hudlikar and Saibu Simon for the terrific recording
Thanks to the 8 time Grammy Award winning Mix Engineer Elliott Scheiner and the 10 time Grammy award winning Mastering Engineer Bob Ludwig for blessing the song with their magical touch.
Please enjoy the song ‘Apna Ekal’ and the video and share it with your family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and everything else out there and help us raise awareness for the song and the cause! If you wish to contribute to Ekal, please see the official Newsletter below from Ekal Vidyalaya with details.
Apna Ekal song credits:
Lyrics: Sunayana Kachroo
Prasanna – Composer, Producer, Acoustic guitars, Electric guitars, Vocals
Anuradha Palakurthi – Lead Vocals, Executive Producer
Hariharan – Lead Vocals
Children’s Choir – NSS Hill Spring International School and St. Xavier’s High School, Fort, Mumbai
Jay Gandhi – Flute
Ismail Lumanovski – Clarinet
Abhik Mukherjee – Sitar
Manu Koch – Piano, Fender Rhodes, Korg CX3 Hammond Organ
Steve Jenkins – Bass
Kenny Grohowski – Drums
T.S. Nanda kumar -Mridangam
Nitin Mitta – Tabla
A. Sivamani – Bells, Shakers, Tambourine, Triangle, Daf, Kanjira, Ghungroo
Recorded at East Side Sound, New York
Engineered by Duff Harris
Additional Recordings at Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai – Engineered by Shantanu Hudlikar and at
In the Mix Studios, Mumbai – Engineered by Saibu Simon
Mixed by Elliot Scheiner at Eyeball Studio, Reading, CT
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
Apna Ekal song and official Video :
Video of me playing Ekal song on solo guitar and talking about it : https://www.facebook.com/guitarprasanna/videos/vb.7536103955/10154552331708956/?type=2&theater
Video of Song Release ceremony by Hon. Minister Prakash Javadekar : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lViGBaDfVQo