Music for building a home for the homeless; the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the Kerala University has just done that in bringing out ‘Ragatheertham’, a rare collection of Malayalam gazals by students and officials of the university, as a fundraiser for building a home for the homeless children.
The NSS has come up with the collection of gazals after they came across Arjun, a seventh standard blind student who was orphaned and living in a pathetic condition in Nedumangad. “Arjun is just the beginning. We found that Arjun was not the only one who was homeless but many children are living in the same dire conditions. We are just doing what we can to help these children,’’ said Aruna R P, advisor of the NSS for the University of Kerala.
Pointing out that these children have good potential, she said that they were just giving them a launch pad where they have a roof above them so that they can sleep well and focus on their future.
Ragatheertham contains 10 songs, all of which have been sung by the staff and students of Kerala University.
Two weeks in the market, Aruna said that they have collected more than Rs 26,000, which will go into building a home for the homeless children. ‘’Many people have contributed in helping us in this initiative. Malayalam gazals are very rare, which has attracted many music lovers. We have got rave reviews for the album,” Aruna said.
She said that the driving force behind this initiative was simply the motto ‘Not me, For you’ upon which National Service Scheme was instituted.
“We are very happy that this initiative so far has been a success. But we are not stopping until our goal is achieved.
We also aim to spread awareness through this project that the homeless children need our attention and more importantly a helping hand,” Aruna said.