A musical tip for children and grown-ups: Aseema Trust’s CD with Bombay Jayashri, Sikkil Gurucharan and many others

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A special gift for lovers of Indian music: CD “Kelir Kelir” produced by Aseema Trust and Rukminidevi Natyakshetra.

Every item is enjoyable and tastefully arranged – teamwork at its very best! 

This professionally produced CD is intended for educational use in Tamil Nadu’s schools. The songs and dance cover a wide range of traditional and modern styles. The price of Rs. 250 per copy contributes to the charitable work undertaken by Aseema Trust.

Comprising six tracks in Tamil, sourced and recorded especially for this project, the common factor among the songs is the idea and importance of peace education, a virtue, a value that is imperative and can be inculcated through a medium that children, across the world, identify with – music. As many as 1,000 CDs will be distributed, free of cost to schools.

The CD was released by renowned Bharathanatyam dancer, Padma Bhushan Alarmel Valli at Sivagami Petachi Hall (Chennai) on August 30, 2013. These songs were performed in Bharathanatyam by Rukminidevi Natyakshetra and children from Vidya Vanam School for tribal children, Anaikkati near Coimbatore. – The Hindu (Young World, August 27, 2013)

Support

  • Support Aseema’s work and order copies from Founder-Director V.R. Devika:  www.aseematrust.org
  • View a slideshow of the release function here

About the songs heard on this inspiring album

1.     Kelir Kelir: Tamil translation of Suno Suno Ai Duniawalo Bapuji ki Amar Kahani sung by Mohommad Rafi in 1948. This song will be recorded by a young musician, Hariprashanth with children in chorus

2.     Aadu Raattai: A song eulogising the spinning wheel made famous by D K Pattammal in 1941

3.     Verunkai Enbathu Moodatanam un Viralgal Pattum Mooladanam: A song on the importance of being active and self-reliant

4.     Chakram Chakram Sulaladu Sulaladu: A song of and by children

5.     Engal Vazhkai Engall Kayyil: A song recorded by the well-known classical vocalist, Sikkil Gurucharan with children in chorus

6.     Ahimsa Devi: A song recorded exclusively for this project by Oscar nominee, Bombay Jayashri

Vidya Vanam school

Vidya Vanam is an elementary school for children from tribal and underprivileged families in rural India.  The parents of these children are either illiterate or have had no formal education hence the sons and daughters represent first-time learners.

It is our endeavor to help these children grow into literate, self-confident, motivated and emotionally stable human beings.

Vidya Vanam provides children with the tools for self-learning while simultaneously recognizing their rich cultural identity and instilling pride and respect for their roots, environment and culture.  – http://vidyavanam.org

Aseema Trust

Aseema Trust has been working at building bridges between traditional performing arts and education through assembly demonstrations and teacher workshops. The Aseema Trust has also reached thousands of children through Gandhi connect sessions looking at self and society.

Comprising six tracks in Tamil, sourced and recorded especially for this project, the common factor among the songs is the idea and importance of peace education, a virtue, a value that is imperative and can be inculcated through a medium that children, across the world, identify with – music. As many as 1,000 CDs will be distributed, free of cost to schools.

The CD was produced by Aseema Trust and Rukminidevi Natyakshetra and released by renowned Bharathanatyam dancer, Padma Bhushan Alarmel Valli at Sivagami Petachi Hall (Chennai) on August 30, 2013. Aseema Trust has produced an audio CD for educational use in Tamil Nadu’s schools. These songs were performed in Bharathanatyam by Rukminidevi Natyakshetra and children from Vidya Vanam School for tribal children, Anaikkati near Coimbatore. Read more in The Hindu >>

Vidya Vanam is an elementary school for children from tribal and underprivileged families in rural India.  The parents of these children are either illiterate or have had no formal education hence the sons and daughters represent first-time learners.

It is our endeavor to help these children grow into literate, self-confident, motivated and emotionally stable human beings.

Vidya Vanam provides children with the tools for self-learning while simultaneously recognizing their rich cultural identity and instilling pride and respect for their roots, environment and culture.  – http://vidyavanam.org

 

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