Honors in Chemistry, English, Meet the RPF’s Top Music Bands | Lucknow News

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LUCKNOW: Coming from a modest fatherless background in Jharkhand, Prem Kumar Sharma has always had a passion for music since childhood. However, being the eldest of two siblings, he had the responsibility of supporting his family of three, including his mother, who for more than two decades made clothes to support the studies of her two children.
After completing honors in chemistry in the first division of Sido Kanhu Murmu University, Dumka, the 24-year-old passed the four-tier recruitment examination for musicians of the railway protection force.
On Wednesday, he was declared the best musician for all performances among the 90 cadets at the first musicians’ fainting ceremony at the JagJivan Ram RPF academy, Lucknow.
“Since school, music has been my passion. I took correspondence courses in music degree at Tabla de Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. Throughout my life, my mother Asha Sharma has been the greatest support for me, just like my father Ashish Sharma (farmer) succumbed to a long illness when I was very young, I had this desire to get a job in the government to support my mother who sewed clothes to operate family. Therefore, I joined RPF musicians and became a flutist,” said 24-year-old Prem from Madhupur of Deogarh district, Jharkhand.
Prem now aspires to become a gazette official; his younger brother Manish is pursuing civil services.
Similarly, Abhishek Singh (27), from a remote corner of Uttar Pradesh, graduated in English with honors from the Jain college affiliated with Veer Kunwar Singh University in Arrah district of Bihar. He was declared the best cadet outside. Pursuing masters in “Gram Vikas” from IGNU, the boy Ballia is a flautist in the musicians of the RPF. He learned music at Sangeet Samiti in Prayagraj.
“I was musically inclined when I was in class IX. Originally from Dubhar village in Ballia, there was hardly any exposure to music and no job opportunities. I joined the RPF musicians to get a government job and practice music, but I would like to see myself as a civil servant in the next two years,” said Abhishek, the youngest of three siblings. His father Shivji Singh is a army veteran.
According to the RPF, for a job as a musician in the force, you have to pass a written exam, a physical test, a job test which involves a theoretical and practical exam, then a medical exam. The RPF musicians course is 11 months – including two months of basic training which includes the RPF system, ammunition, rail acts, then nine months of music theory, musical instrument playing, marching with instrument at the Rajasthan Police Academy, Jaipur.
Navdeep Singh (25), from Rajasthan, originally from Bharatpur district, was the parade commander on Wednesday. He is a specialist in slide trombone musical instruments.
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