“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”
– Tom Petty
This quote applies well to famous singer Palak Muchhal’s life. Her first Bollywood movie song was from the Salman Khan starrer, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, titled ‘Laapata’ when she was just 17. She then sang songs for other films like Aashiqui 2, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sanam Re, Bahubali: The Beginning, Sanam Re, Ki & Ka, Kaabil, Rustom and more. But we aren’t going to talk about her career today. There is something extremely noble that the singer has been doing which has made her an unsung heroine.
During the Kargil war of 1999, when Muchhal was just seven years old, she took her first step into – her now magnanimous – world of charity. To raise funds for the families of the martyrs of the Kargil war, Muchhal sang at various shops in Indore. She raised ₹25,000 back then. Once again that year, she raised funds from the victims of the cyclone in Odisha by singing.
A little while later, Muchhal and her family were approached by the teachers of Nidhi Vinay Mandir, a school in Indore to help raise funds for a child who was in desperate need of a heart surgery. It was this incident that led to a lot of other incidents in her life. A boy named Lokesh had to undergo a heart surgery to survive but because his father was not well-to-do and earned a meagre income from a footwear shop, the singer and her family stepped in raising over ₹50,000. That amount was a lot 15-17 years ago. Eventually, due to the awareness that was raised due to the singer and her family’s efforts, a cardiologist named Devi Prasad Shetty operated on Lokesh free of charge.
As a result of this incident, when her parents published an ad in various newspapers promoting the cause of donation for heart surgery a total of 33 children came forward. And Muchhal and her family conducted a series of fund-raisers through which these children could undergo a heart surgery.
It is not just Palak Muchhal who sings for charity. Her brother, Palash Muchhal does the same. He sings to raise money for children suffering from kidney ailments while Palak does so for those who are suffering from heart issues.
As of July 2017, the 25-year-old singer has helped over 900 children who were suffering from various heart diseases and raised more than 3 crore rupees for the same. Singing at one concert helps her raise money to aid 15-20 children. She has over 400 people on her waiting list who are in need of help. Through her foundation, ‘Palak Muchhal Heart Foundation’, she helps people selflessly. Her charity shows are named ‘Dil Se Dil Tak’ in Hindi and ‘Save Little Hearts’ in English are conducted not just in India but also across the globe.
Many doctors have allowed her to be present in the operation theatre where she is known to chant sloks from the Bhagavad Gita. She had also raised ₹10 lakh for the victims of the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake.
The singer, who can sing in 17 languages, deserves a standing ovation.
Here is a song she sang for the movie ‘M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story’:
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