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and they do not rehearse a lot. Before
the ELR this year they only rehearsed
once. Varun is the shy one and believe
it or not, he went into the band room
and got his song done in one take."
So are there limitations on where
the children perform? "Yes, they only
perform at ELR and family events. We
make sure there is no alcohol." Asked
if he has other dreams for his children,
Raymond said, "I do not want to tell
my children what to become but I know
music is in their blood. I do not stress
them but I ensure that they know edu-
cation is the key.
Their mothers are also very support-
ive of the children performing on stage.
"They break down in the audience
when they hear the kids sing," Raymond
The children spoke about their goals
and their emotions on stage. Arvind
and Amish who both want to become
doctors and singers said they sometimes
feel nervous on stage but the feeling is
awesome. Arvind is a Grade one drum-
mer with a distinction from Trinity
School of London and will start Grade
two soon. Amish is doing Grade one.
Samiya, who hopes to become a teacher
will be on stage soon and is very excited
about that. She is learning how to play
the piano and she is also a dancer.
Samara hopes to become a lawyer.
While she will sit the CXC O Level
exams in May/June of this year, she
previously attempted Mathematics,
English Language and English Literature
in January of this year and she got all
"When I m on stage I think about
my family and I feel so proud to rep-
resent them and to continue doing what
The teenager was also keen to explain
how she manages her time. "Everyone
has the same amount of time in the
day, it is all about how you decide to
use your time. I decide to use mine to
devote myself to music and school."
Vinesh wishes to be a music teacher
and a singer while his brother, Varun,
hopes to become a doctor and a singer.
Both boys said they feel extremely
happy and proud when they perform.
All the younger children are involved
in Baal Vikaas---a competition for all
Hindu primary schools. Amish and
Arvind won the Classical competition
for three consecutive years. "This year
they have decided to focus on their
SEA exams," Raymond said.
How do the fathers feel when on
stage with their children? Raymond
insists that it is a feeling that can never
be put into words. "A couple years ago
when Varun was singing I broke down
on stage," he said. "It is such a heavenly
feeling to see your kids on stage per-
forming in front of thousands of people.
When we go back to the hotel and I
see Varun running around in his under-
wear I ask myself if this the same child
who was performing in front thousands.
At the end of the day they are still kids,"
said the father of two.
The Dil-E-Nadan leader then sent
out some advice to fathers. He said,
"Make time for your children and do
not make excuses. I have to make the
extra effort to take my children to the
movies, to play football and so on. As
parents, we have a responsibility---we
brought them here and they are our
responsibility. Get them involved in
their religion too---it helps to keep them
grounded," added Raymond whose
entire family is heavily involved in Hin-
So what are Dil-E-Nadan s plans for
this year? The band is focusing on the Euro-
pean market. So far, they ve been to Holland,
Spain, Brussels and several other countries.
"The response in such places is tremen-
dous. The fans are so passionate.
"This year we also want to take it a step
further with our collaborations. We are not
doing the usual collaborations. We are
working with some good people in Japan
and the US. In addition, we noticed that
chutney music has taken a bashing but we
want to work with that music and twist
and turn it to show how it can be successful
and how we can take it internationally."
As for his plans for the children of the
band---the future Dil-E-Nadan stars---Ray-
mond noted "There is a huge interest in
the kids to perform internationally but we
will see how it goes. At this point education
is most important." The showstopper insist-
ed however that he allows the children the
freedom to express themselves through
"Music has no boundaries," he said. "As
long as something is positive we allow the
children to do what they want to do. They
perform well at school and still perform
well on stage so we allow it. We will see
how it goes with regard to them performing
From Page A29
Dil-E-Nadan frontman Raymond
Ramnarine is confident that the
next generation of Ramnarines
will keep the band's legacy intact.
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