Twenty five-year-old Krishna Kaul is unlikely to be mistaken for a revolutionary, except that he is. His weapon of choice is music. Going by the name of Young Prozpekt, Krishna has been rapping since the age of 14.
After years of experimenting and investing himself in music, the artiste released his first song, Kaisa mera desh, an anti-corruption anthem in the year 2010. It became a YouTube sensation in India. Now out with a new music video, called Vijay, Krishna’s target this time is child labour and the lack of education for children from poor backgrounds.
“These issues are always staring us in the face. We don’t have the time to think about them, but poverty and the people it affects are all around us. The song came out of that observation,” says Krishna, who is also known for his outspoken criticism of the government, and for taking shots at Indian politicians.
Apart from generating awareness about child labour, the money he earns from views of the video will be donated to the NGO, Save The Children’s relief operations in Uttrakhand, which was devastated by floods last month. Ask him if it is challenging to write his songs in Hindi, and Krishna says, “Rap is a form of music that is meant to bring the masses together and that is what I am striving to do. It is not for a select bunch of people. It is supposed to be in one’s native language. So writing in Hindi makes sense. It is an inclusive, not exclusive, form of music.”
Maa baap majboor — mazdoor
Iske choteh kandon par boj hai khoob
Roz sehni padti hai dhool, Miti aur dhoop
Sapne lagne lage hain jhoot
Vijay hai iska naam
Lekin iski jeet abhi hai door