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Nashik’s ‘Sonu’ has social media going viral; Watch kids’ safe driving hit

A video by Nashik students saying ‘Sonu tula helmet var bharaavsa nay kay’ (Sonu, don’t you trust helmets?) and ‘Sonu tu ata tari polisanshi god bol’ (Sonu, at least now speak politely with the police), is going viral on social media. It was released on August 4 by the school in co-operation with the Nashik City Police

pune Updated: Aug 06, 2017 12:06 IST
Students of Espalier School, Nashik, have used the ‘Sonu’ song to promote use of helmets and traffic discipline in the city.
Students of Espalier School, Nashik, have used the ‘Sonu’ song to promote use of helmets and traffic discipline in the city.(HT Photo)

Mumbai-based radio jockey Malishka Mendonsa’s immensely popular ‘Sonu song’ on the pothole-woes of Mumbaikars has now inspired school students in Nashik to spread awareness about traffic discipline in the city.

While the song has gone viral not only in India, but also in Pakistan for voicing many different issues, students of Espalier School, Nashik, have used it to promote use of helmets and traffic discipline in the city.

A video by Nashik students saying ‘Sonu tula helmet var bharaavsa nay kay’ (Sonu, don’t you trust helmets?) and ‘Sonu tu ata tari polisanshi god bol’ (Sonu, at least now speak politely with the police), is going viral on social media. It was released on August 4 by the school in co-operation with the Nashik City Police.

“We have been seeing different versions of the Sonu song in many different languages over the last few days. I felt that the hype of the song and its catchy tune could be used to talk about traffic rules and discipline. I approached the police commissioner of Nashik Dr Ravinder Singal, who supported the idea and then the students did a great job by presenting the song,” said Sachin Usha Vilas Joshi, founder of Espalier School. This school is well-known for its experimental and innovative approach.

The song urges people to follow traffic rules, wear helmets, use seat belts and speak politely to the police. It highlights that life is precious and following traffic discipline can reduce stress on the roads. It was penned by music teacher Jackson Nade and the music on drums was composed by Naresh Lokhande, also a music teacher in the school. The song has been presented mostly by Class 1 and Class 2 students with some senior students to maintain the rhythm.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Class 2 student Aditya Oak, who is the lead singer said, “I think people should follow traffic rules and that is what we have said through this song. They should wear helmets and seat belts also,” said this smart kid. Aditya and his group practiced for two days.

“The Sonu song is popular and the idea to create awareness about traffic discipline through it was good. I also feel that when children speak about such issues, parents listen,” Singal said.