A musical evening for special kids
On April 6, 2016, vocalist Bombay Jayashri and her disciples sang for a small but special audience. The concert was remarkable for its noble intention to emphasise the World Autism Awareness Day. Indeed, it was an evening of art and music for autistic kids and their families. Autism is a kind of speech disorder. While these children are not able to communicate well, they are not short of talent, and they pick up fast. Vocalist Jayashri has been actively participating in helping such children - from tiny-tots to teens and may be even older ones. She has also done many music programmes to help these special kids.
Now, she is all the more directly into helping these special children with her disciples (Abhinaya Shenbagaraj and others). Jayashri now has formed a trust known as Hitham Trust , which is dedicated to helping children living in rural areas such as Manjakudi near Kumbakonam etc to impart music. Jayashri has also donated music proceeds of the concerts such as “Bhaira Baanvaree” and jugalbandhi concerts etc for these causes.
Bombay Jayashri- led a team of highly talented young artistes a few years ago paid a musical tribute to saint-poet Mirabai. The programme was a fund-raiser for the children with learning disability and autism spectrum disorder. It was hosted by Sankalp Trust at Mutha Venkata Subarao Auditorium, Lady Andal School, Chetpet, Chennai, on March 7, 2010. Sankalp, a registered non-profit trust, supports these children.
On the evening of April 6, 2016, Jayashri and her team (Abhinaya Shenbagaraj, Chaitrra Sairam, Swetha Sriram and Vijayashri Vittal) sang songs such as “Vaishnava Janoto” and "Hum Ko Mann Ki Shakthi dena", Thillana etc for the special children. She coaxed the children to chant "Om" for a while. The evening also saw two artistes, Thejo Menon and Aishwarya Manivannan, draw and paint even as the concert was on. Jayashri was accompanied by flautist Sathva Srinath, Krishna on Ghatam and Nerkunam Shankar on Kanjira. Actress and social activist Revathy was the guest of honour on this evening. The event was organised by Hitham Trust, WeCan and alap. The programme took place at 136.1, Yoga Studio, T.T.K.Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.