Bangalore’s children’s choirs come together for a cause
SHINE, today a 25-strong children’s choir, will host a music festival aimed at raising funds for the underprivileged kids of the Jeevarathni Foundation. “My children’s friends used to come over often and spend time at our house and one day I thought it would be great to teach them to sing,” says Anupa Gnanakan, mother of three.
Having participated at Magnificat 2012 at Christ University and The Festival of Harmony earlier this year, the choir will perform upbeat numbers like Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles, Don’t Stop Believing by Journey and Take To The Sky by Owl City at the fundraiser.
“We have been associated with Jeevarathni Foundation for a few months now and I was aware that they are in need of funds. And I thought, ‘what better way to raise funds for deprived kids than having other kids do it’,” Gnanakan explains, proudly.
Having members from ages three to 16, and a one-year-old son to boot, it couldn’t be an easy task to handle, but the young mum brushes aside the question.
“I try to make it as fun as possible for the kids. When we’re not singing, we’re always laughing, either at ourselves or at each other, so I guess the kids don’t get bored and actually enjoy practice,” she shares, adding, “sometimes I’m crazily busy with everything that’s on my plate but I guess I thrive on stress. And despite all the madness, when I go to bed, I feel fullfilled and satisfied”.
With Mark Rego as the MC, the children’s music festival to be held on Saturday, will feature groups like The Bangalore School of Music Children’s Choir, The Harmony Children’s Choir, The Frank Anthony Public School, Mallya Aditi International School and St Francis Xavier’s Children’s Choir. Apart from vocal performances, a dance routine by Shona D’sa Dance Academy will also be staged.
The organisers have roped in Hungry Hogs, Sweet Stuff, Peppazing and Maria’s Goan Kitchen to provide some much-needed refreshments for participants and guests.
Established in 2008, the Jeevarathni Foundation located in Nallur, 15 kilometres off Sarjapur town rehabilitates homeless kids with funds from its board of trustees who include retired doctors, army officers as well as aviation professionals.
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