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To propagate peace

A choir of school children sang for ‘world harmony' at the ‘Peace Concert – 2010' organized by ‘YMCA'.

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CAUSE-DRIVEN Students singing at the peace concert

“There comes a time, when we hear a certain call

When the world must come together as one

There are people dying

And it's time to lend a hand to life

The greatest gift of all”, echoed the words of Pop King ‘Michael Jackson' at the Arasaradi Railway Grounds.

On an energetic evening last Wednesday, around thousand boys and girls geared up to voice out their message of peace in a different way. In a gesture to usher in Christmas and New Year, YMCA organized a vocal concert titled ‘Youth becoming instruments of peace' for the fourth time in the city. Teachers and students joined the choir and zestfully sang for the sake of peace for over an hour.

“Nowadays, violence has become the order of the day and our motto is to train tender minds towards taking up harmonious and peaceful living” said Vincent Dale Miranda, Secretary of YMCA. He also added that even entertainment like cinema depicts a lot of violence recently, reflecting the current society and impacting young minds in wrong way.

Dr. Aravind Srinivasan, Administrator, Aravind Eye Hospital, inaugurated the concert with a motivational talk for the students. “Issues like terrorism have sickened the whole world and felt all across. Likewise, the power of peace should also be spread and felt across the globe” he pointed out.

Four selected secular songs were sung including ‘We are the world' and ‘Heal the world' by Michael Jackson, ‘Go light your world' by Chris Rice and the final one ‘Wish you a merry Christmas' was to welcome the yuletide season.

“We train students with cassettes at schools and pick kids who sing well” explained, Shakila, a teacher from Mahatma Montessori School, a regular participant in the annual event.

K. Harishwar, a sixth grade student, felt “It was a satisfying experience to take part in the concert. I feel proud of lending my voice for a noble cause”. With involvement of around 13 city schools, the concert was a rewarding experience for many children. Several volunteers from YMCA roped in schools and children in signing up for the cause. “It was a complete new feeling to see such Christmas concerts on secular angle in India. Singing with the kids was immense pleasure,” quipped, an elated Esther along with four other volunteers from Denmark and Germany. The concert provided some food for thought and melodious music for the ears. It ended with a pledge by students on making a peaceful and non-violent society.

A. SHRIKUMAR

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