Kochi, Feb 21: It was sheer motivation and the desire to learn more about Music Therapy that encouraged15 studentsfrom the Women’s Cell of St. Teresa’sCollegeto string together memorable melodies and fusion music for the weekly ‘Arts and Medicine’ programme at the General Hospital here today.
The weekly music therapy, a joint initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) and the Mehboob Memorial Orchestra is sponsored by CAFS (Casino Air Caterers and Flight Services) entered its 208th episode, this week.
Seven of the students rendered solo performances while the others sang in groups. The bouquet included evergreen hits like OnnamRagamPadi, PaadamPoothaKaalam, Ola ThumbathirunnooyaladumChellaPainkili, OruMadhurakinavinLahariyilinnoru.
Students from St. Teresa’s college havetaken part in the Arts and Medicine programme previously, but this is the first time the Women’s Cell of the college has coordinated with the organizers, said DrThara Sebastian, Assistant Professor, Department of Home Science,who is also the main staff coordinator of the Women’s Cell.
“It’s the cause that we are primarily concerned about, but our visits to the hospital also have an educational purpose. Our college students from different streams havevisitedseveral times as part of their courses. The hospital is equipped with an efficient palliative care unit and our M.Sc students had been here to prepare their thesis. Now, it has an efficiently run Music Therapy programmeand we are happy to participate in this endeavour,” she said.
Jyothi K V, a student of M.Sc Child Development course said some of them were singing for the first time, but that did not deter them from giving their best. “The support from the audience and orchestra were tremendous. It instilled in us the confidence to give the best.
The Women’s Cell of St.Teresa’s is supported by Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation.
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