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Indo-Fijian kid's album makes waves

india Updated: Jul 27, 2006 12:47 IST

A nine-year-old Indo-Fijian, Arjun Pawan Sami, has hit the headlines by releasing an album of bhajans.

The fourth-grader from Lautoka, Fiji's second largest city in the country's northwest, last week released the album titled Bhakti Tambura.

Sami has been singing bhajans, or Hindu hymns, with his father and has been able to touch the hearts of thousands of Hindus here.

"I began singing bhajans after I heard Michael Chand Mahabir, Fiji's top bhajania (bhajan singer)," a report in the Fiji Times newspaper quoted Sami as saying.

The youngster has embarked on a journey that he claims is the beginning of a whole new era in the singing of bhajans.

Arjun's popularity had grown very quickly as the family receives requests from all sections of the community for his performances. He plans to release more albums this year.

Arjun's father, Krishna Sami, told the newspaper he and his wife were surprised at how fast their son picked up on the type of music.

Sami senior said he had written to the Indian High Commission here to make arrangements for the official launch of Arjun's album.