Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Making India Proud - One note at a time

It’s indeed a proud moment for India and for the A R Rahman Foundation, when the Sunshine Orchestra got an opportunity to perform at the United Nations, on the eve of 70th Indian Independence day celebration. 
The Sunshine Orchestra performed the 'Kurai Ondrum Illai' & paid tribute to MS Subbulakshmi, the first Indian musician to be honored with India's highest civilian honor the Bharat Ratna, who also performed at the UN in the year 1966. 

After the concert our founder quoted, “In my lifetime I want to see a world where people do not fight and kill each other but find better methods to solve conflicts. Let us hope in our lifetime we see this change.” 
The entire team of the foundation works tirelessly to make his words turn into a reality and to serve the community and the nation by spreading love through music. 
These children hail from the soil of our nation, they are the sons and daughters of our country's  hard working population, the tea sellers, iron-men, house helpers, & auto men.
These are the folks who don't have the opportunity to know about western music, or instruments or let alone get an opportunity to visit a concert hall, to hear even local performances.
Most of their parents are often worried whether or not they shall be able to ensure that their children get the normal school education they deserve.
To accomplish what these children have done as first generation musicians with unending struggle in their personal lives; on a globally recognized platform is unprecedented, spectacular and has won the hearts of the entire nation. 
As a musician myself, I know the practice time it takes, to achieve something as a soloist or as group musicians. The sacrifice of everything else along with the focus and dedication required for note perfect precision is something one cannot achieve within a day. 
The entire foundation is proud that we could ensure that these children have continuous access to world class amenities and sound proofed classrooms to continue with their undisturbed practice routine and wish them all the more success in the coming years.
To make your contribution and to make music accessible to all, please check our website. 

- Vidhi G Bhanushali
Manager Sponsorship & Grant

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