When the soul speaks…

When the soul speaks…

Sometimes, it takes a crisis to bring out the best in us. The Tsunami catastrophe has truly united Indians in a noble cause – all around the country, people have been doing their bit in helping the victims of the December 26 tragedy. The endeavours of large-hearted Thaneites too have been heartening. Ever since the Tsunami disaster struck, city residents have been doing their bit for the victims, in their own little ways. Some have adopted children rendered orphans by the killer waves. Others have donated large sums towards rehabilitation programmes in remote Tsunami-affected villages. Several events have been organised in the city in aid of the victims. One such event was organised on Sunday in The Golden Swan Club at the picturesque Yeoor Hills on the evening of Sunday February 06, 2005. The programme, called Namami, meaning salutation, was a musical concert, which brought together various performers from the world of music and dance on one stage.

Sanskruti, a city-based institute for music, had organised this concert in aid of Tsunami victims with the help of few other organisations. While all performers were kind enough to perform free, as many as 800 people attended the show allowing the organisers to collect about one lakh rupees as aid, which will be donated to rehabilitate a school in Chennai.

The show began will Vandana (a prayer item), by Krishnamurti, followed by several vocal, instrumental and dance items. There was an item called Taal Vaidya Kacheri, a rhythmic fusion of south Indian instruments with Mukund Raj Deo on Tabla. Then there was Tillana and Tarana, pure dance forms of Bharatnatyam and Kathak respectively, performed by Asha Sunil Kumar (who also organised the show on Sanskriti’s behalf), Manali Deo, Nivida and Swati. A vocal item called Trimurti was presented by three ladies, Manjushree and Uttara and Veena, who sang a composition together. The last item, called Namami, was a ballet that depicted the surge of cataclysmic Tsunami and the devastation it manifested, touching a chord in the audience, and bringing their compassionate feelings to surface.

Music, they say, is the universal language of the soul. Like Victor Hugo once said, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." No wonder the musical show was able to communicate so effectively with the audience.

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