Magic and melody for a good cause

Soak in notes and tunes by children from modest backgrounds at the maiden event organised by Kalashala, an initiative that encourages schoolchildren to engage with music as means of self-expression

In January 2013, NCPA initiated a project, titled Kalashala, to open kids to the importance and relevance of arts in their lives. As part of this initiative, children from low socio-economic backgrounds were exposed to Indian music. The culmination of the first leg of the training will have selected students perform today in front of a large audience.

NCPA, Kalashala
A budding flautist during a Kalashala session

“It is sad that most schools in the city don’t give prominence to Indian music; exposure to arts isn’t considered important. To change this stance, we started Kalashala under which we adopted three schools where we introduced kids to the wonders of Indian music. As a form of motivation, we have organised this evening for children to showcase their talent,” says Dr Suvarnalata Rao, Head Programming (Indian Music), NCPA.

NCPA, Kalashala
A Kalashala class full of enthusiastic children

The schools that come under the ambit of Kalashala include Sundatta School at Grant Road, SRCC (Citi Academy for Special Education) at Haji Ali and Municipal School at Colaba. Children between the age group of six and 15 years will perform at this musical evening.

During the training, the kids learnt to sing Hindi and Marathi songs, and few even trained in English. “The aim of this project is not to make great professional singers, but to make these kids experience the joys of this form of music, and to enable them to express themselves through this medium,” reminds Dr Rao.

Admission to the event is on a first-come-first-served basis.

On: Today, 12 pm
At: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
Call: 22824567

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