nandini & I were brainstorming for our mellinam's pre-school program.
we ended up with a cute little design.
we wanted to have our own syllabus with new stories, new songs, new games....
she asked me to write songs for new generation kids.
the main idea was to introduce Tamil to kids as a 'cool' language.
not to torture them with heavy diction and complex messages.
we sorted out 35 songs under 10 topics.
home, family, time, season, science, technology, history, geography, sports & entertainment.
rizwan composed music for all 35 songs.
he gave quite a variety. we have some rap, hip-hop, folk and more....
|From May 2009|
we had over 15 different voices for these songs.
'where is the party' fame mukesh has done a couple of tracks.
rizwan also got a few little ones to sing some numbers.
rizwan reworked on most of the songs after nandini tested the songs with kids around the world.
she received feedback from kids' parents in US, Aus and also from many parents & teachers in and around Chennai.
saravana kumar, a freelance graphic artist, is working on the illustrations.
a few samples of his work are on our site.
and yeah... we wanted to name this project something cool and new.
the following were few of our options :
என் குட்டி ஐபாடு : not sounding right for a book & cd.
தொப்பக் குட்டியும் ராக்காச்சி பாட்டியும் : too old
ஙேஙே பாப்பா முதல் ராக்காச்சி பாட்டி வரை : no coolness factor
we then thought in lines of iPod & iPhone.... iPaatti
that sounded trendy and catchy.
why version 1.0?
we are planning a series of iPaattis.
version 2.0 will have stories.
iPaatti is almost 6 months old now.
Planning to launch her in a month's time.
hope she will rock.
atleast a few cradles.