KOCHI: That ‘Revati’ is known as a rejuvenating morning raga was tastefully reinforced among the crowd at the Ernakulam Government General Hospital on Wednesday when its open ground livened up with the weekly ‘Arts and Medicine’ programme of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF).
Thanks to music director Alex Paul, the audience joined in exuberantly as he took them through the classical melody-type. It is, in fact, a big hit among popular-music lovers too, courtesy a clutch of film and light songs tuned to that pentatonic scale. “In life, everyone must rise to the high notes, but also help those who are lower than them,” said the artist who has delivered super-hits in ‘Classmates’ and ‘Chocolate’.
“If I managed to help you forget that you are patients and live in the present for some time at least, then I have made a success of this morning,” said the lanky 52-year-old, also a one-time music teacher.
The forenoon cast an old-world feel as Ghazal singer Abdul Majeed played on the harmonium and opened with ‘Chaudvin Ka Chand’, the Mohammed Rafi-hit of the 1960’s. The hour-long programme featured mostly vintage Hindi songs sung by Rafi and Kishore Kumar.
“It is wonderful to be able to do this special programme to give some peace to patients in a hospital,” said Majeed, who was a disciple of noted Ghazal singer Umbayi. “There isn’t a single person who has not spent stressful moments in a hospital, so we can all identify with the pain.”
Majeed is a member of the Mehboob Memorial Orchestra, which has partnered with the KBF in organising the programme. The event is held every Wednesday with the support of the district administration.
Bhargavi Amma from suburban Palluruthy who is in the hospital to fix her knee is a front-row audience every week. “I used to sing as a youngster. Music, then and now, is a great relief. It is nice to have this break at a hospital,” she said.