As part of the Joy of Giving week, NalandaWay Foundation and Samudhaaya Foundation conducted a music programme for Chennai school children here on Tuesday.
Fourteen school students from four schools — Karpaga Valli school, Pindigur Thanmaiya Chetty GHSS, Sholavaram Government GHSS and Velammal girls HSS — participated in the event. The students will receive mentoring and training from the students and musicians trained by renowned Carnatic singer Sudha Raghunathan, who runs the Samudhaaya Foundation.
Displaying confidence and enthusiasm, the students performed devotional songs in the programme that was an initiative to make learning music accessible for children who come from underprivileged sections of society.
Talking about the programme, Sriram Ayer, CEO and founder NalandaWay, said that it was the first step towards taking music to these sections of children. “We, as a foundation, work with children belonging to the exploited sections of society. We hope to include more students in this project in the coming years. These children who performed today have been selected by us. This is the first step for them, as it is the Joy of Giving Week,” he said. Sudha Raghunathan lauded the students for their confidence and interest in music, saying that they should treat this as a stepping stone and should hone their skills with the guidance provided. “Next year, I hope to see them performing better. There is great talent and they should work on it,” she said. She also stressed the need for sharing and helping and added that school life was one of the most treasured years which they should completely enjoy.