Kaun Tujhe by Palak Muchhal

Tu aata hai seene mein, Jab jab saansein bharti hoon,

Tere dil ki galiyon se, Main har roz guzarti hoon

I love this song and have heard this a thousand times. What I didn’t know until today was the name of the singer. I always assumed this was Shreya Ghoshal’s song and her voice. I never bothered to check.

Why am I blogging this? Why is it so important to know?

What If I told you, Singer name is Palak Muchhal and she is just 25 years old and has saved lives of 1333 children by singing songs?

Palak’s decision to use her voice to help others was triggered when she saw poor children using their clothes to clean train compartments. Around the same time, teachers at Nidhi Vinay Mandir, an Indore based school, approached Muchhal and her parents with a request for a charity show to raise funds for their pupil, Lokesh, who was suffering from a congenital heart defect. His father was poor footwear shop-owner, earning Rs 50 a day and was unable to bear the Rs 80,000 cost of heart surgery.

Muchhal and her parents agreed to arrange a show and in March 2000, she used a street vendor’s cart as a stage for the event and collected Rs 51,000 towards the cost of surgery.

The publicity prompted renowned Bangalore-based cardiologist, Devi Prasad Shetty, to operate on Lokesh free of charge. Muchhal’s parents gave advertisement in local newspapers so that idle funds could be used for heart surgery of some needy child-like Lokesh. The outcome of this was a list of 33 children in need of heart surgery.

Then started the journey of this young girl to dedicate her singing and earnings through her foundation for needy children.

How can one be so strong? so selfless? So beautiful inside out?

May you inspire many more, thank you for doing everything that you do!!

if you haven’t heard her singing, here is my favorite song.

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