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Vinit plays tabla and other instruments with finesse M

usic is not just his first choice but also his passion. At the young age of 14 Vinit Tikonkar can play a number of instruments along with tabla. Vinit started learning tabla at the age of six from his father but was soon handling all instruments with ease. His father Avinash Tikonkar says, "We have inherited the tradition of Bhajan and Kirtan in our house from my father. I also started playing instruments at the same age. Vinit too prefers to play with musical instruments more than anything else."

GEN X Tenth standard student of Nutan Bal Shikshan Mandir, Vinit has mastered the art of playing tabla initially from his mentor Prashant Pandav and presently from Pt. Vikas

Purandare. He plays various instruments like Tabla, Pakhawaj, Dholki, Dholak, Zembe (African instrument), Kongo, Daffali, etc. "I am good at observation and learnt this art by mere observation. I have decided to keep Eklavya's attitude. I am now learning the grammar of tabla," he adds. Last year he had been to Goa with FTII team members for presenting his musical skills. Late Dadasaheb Phalke's silent movie Kaliyamardan based on the life of Lord Krishna was given a new look by adding background music to it under the guidance of Sanjay Chandekar. This experiment received wide applause and acclaim. Presently, he accompanies senior singer Dr. Mohan Darekar on tabla. He has also accompanied noted singers like Sayali Panse, Madhura Date, Rajendra



I am good at observation and learnt this art by mere observation. I have decided to keep Eklavya's attitude.

Rathod, Rahul Deshpande, Charusheela Belsare, Pratibha Inamdar among others. His principal Sunanda Vasekar has always supported him. In future, Vinit plans to join Pune University's Lalit Kala Kendra and learn tabla. He loves English and Marathi languages, but hates geometry and algebra. His mother Madhuri has to run around to make him sit for studies. Collection of scents is another area of the interest. With more than 100 performances to his credit, Vinit is a budding star of tomorrow!

Train your child to have fun on out-of-routine days Some pre-schoolers find that whenever there is a change in the routine they are unhappy. For example, a child who generally loves pre-school may find a pizza day, a field trip or a party day difficult. How can a parent help this child cope so she will see the 'special days' as 'fun days'?

Parenting Tips on Preschoolers


or our children, routines and rituals are the basis for feelings of security and stability. Children have little control over their environment so they count on routines. Some children are more flexible than others and they tend to adapt to change quite easily. Others have difficulty with change throughout their childhood. For example, these kids may have problems waking up from a nap, handling the change in routine or when there is company in the house. The first step is to understand that for these kids, change isn't fun. Listen to their fears and concerns and empathize with their difficulties accepting the

change in routine. Allow them to have negative feelings on those days. Simply being permitted to be unhappy may go a long way

through the changes. What's going to happen? The more you can let them know about the change in routine the easier it will be or them to accept it. Help them to see the aspects of the day that ARENTING will be familiar. At preschool, the teacher and children will remain the same, to helping them cope. Second is to walk them they maybe in the same


place as usual and maybe you can have them wear the same outfit as yesterday. At home, maintain some of the routines that matter such as naptime and meals. Finally, you can let them know that sometimes things are difficult but that you have faith that they can handle it. Talk about times when you went somewhere new and how hard it was but you made it. They may never find it easy to accept change, but they, can gain strength each time they overcome their fears and handle a new situation. —R WILLIAMS Educationist

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