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Children sing their dreams at Music Basti’s annual concert

Friday, Apr 15, 2016,11:31 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | For their third annual concert, children drawn mostly from the slums of Delhi have come up with original compositions that voice their dreams and aspirations.

A total of 300 children from ‘Music Basti’, an organisation set up in the year 2008 to work with at risk children, are set for ‘Resound – The Ship of Dreams’ their third concert in the city on April 17 at the Garden of Five Senses here.

The theme for this year’s concert is ‘Ship of Dreams’, which features 13 original songs composed by the students of ‘Music Basti’ about their dreams and aspirations, says Faith Gonsalves, founder Music Basti.

The children presenting the concert come from marginalised backgrounds, at risk or low communities, residential care homes and schools in Delhi-NCR area who have participated for Music Basti’s one-year ReSound program. Highlighting the aim of the concert, Gonsalves says that the evening is designed to create a high quality concert atmosphere and experience for the children and their relatives.

The evening is designed to create a high quality concert atmosphere and experience for the children, their families and community members, and other guests who attend. As a visitor to the concert, we hope the venue, stage, decor, sound and lights make one wonder that a celebrity band or artist is about to walk on the stage, says the young Gonsalves.

The concert, which enters its third year, does not feature any celebrities. However, many national, local and international musicians have supported and partnered with the project. The curriculum comprises of a mixture of bespoke oral musical training, songwriting and performing injecting confidence in the students.