Students of the music club of Udayamperoor SNDP Higher Secondary School are on a new mission. They are out to bring back the smiles on the faces of the sick, the underprivileged and even those housed in prisons.
As part of the humanitarian initiatives of the school, the students of the club will visit and perform at charitable organisations, hospitals and jails across the state. Head of Music Department Saravana Das said the school has been providing financial aid to the needy for the past several years under the charity schemes. “The fund for charity is being collected from the students. The new idea was conceived in order to extend the programme and music has therapeutic effects. The programmes will also help in developing the personality of the students,” he said.
Kick-starting the initiative, the students organised a performance at the Ernakulam District Jail at Kakkanad on Wednesday. The students got a warm response from the inmates, with some even lauding the students. “We are sure that the performances touched the hearts of the people and offered them a thought about returning to normal life,” the teacher said.
The students organised a two-hour programme which included melodies, semi-classical and fast numbers. Arvind Mohan, Rengeesh, Vivek, Amarjith, Mithun, Anjana, Aadhithyan, Priyanka and Aishwaria Babu rendered their best. Students said that the experience was thrilling. “We are all eager to meet more people and perform,” they said.
School Principal E G Babu said that it was just the first step of the big initiative of the school. “We do not believe we will be able to change the frame of mind of the prisoners or the sick and needy with a musical. But, we want to bring some change in their lives, no matter how small it is,” he said.
He added that the school would contact the officials of charitable organisations, orphanages, geriatric centres, hospitals and prisons across state. “If they evince interest, the music club will perform for them,” he said.