On April 7, Katrina Kaif recorded an album of nursery rhymes for the music company Sa Ra Ga Ma. The entire earnings from the album would be used to build a school for toddlers in Madurai.
This is the first time in her life that Katrina has sung professionally. And according to music-company sources, she has done a commendable job. There are now plans for Katrina to do an album of love songs.
Exhausted but content, Katrina says, "It's a fun album for kids, something I always wanted to do, to deepen my connectivity with kids. I had a ball recording the numbers. I haven't laughed so much for a very long time."
What Katrina won't say out loud is that the inspiration for the children's album is her 3-year-old niece Maya, her eldest sister's child with whom she has developed an indelible bond.
Maya whom Katrina acknowledges as the most important person in her life, is indeed the inspiration for the kids' album and the actress' desire to help the cause of economically and emotionally deprived children.
The album entitled Rhymeskool to be released later this year will contain nursery rhymes and fun songs aimed at little children. While recording for the album, Katrina remembered all the fun she had when she was with Maya in London for Christmas and New Year.
Says the proud maasi, "Maya's innocent laughter is with me constantly. I want some of Maya's happiness to go to other children who are perhaps not as well-off as she is." Katrina's funds from the Rhymeskool album will be immediately deflected to Madurai so that her dream school is built without delay.
Says Katrina, "It isn't in good taste to talk about these things. It's just a tiny school for toddlers being built next to the orphanage that my mom runs in Madurai."
Katrina is keen to be married so she can have her own children. "I give myself 4-5 more years in the industry. Then I'll get married and have babies."
She intends to expand her charity work in the coming months and years. "The important thing is to make sure your charity efforts are well-utilized. I want to help causes where I can see an immediate result. Like the money from my album going into building a toddlers' school."