Hospital inpatient turns singer for Biennale therapeutic music show

Kochi, Dec 27: The Kochi Biennale Foundation’s weekly music programme at the Government General Hospital is intended to bring solace to suffering patients, but for T AKunjachan singing for others like him became an equally therapeutic experience today.

The native of Vypeen has had to spend the past two months in the Orthopaedic ward of the hospital recovering from a severe leg injury he suffered in an accident, and has, over the course of his stay, attended a number of Arts and Medicine programmes as an audience member.

Today he had the opportunity to join a host of professional and amateur singers on stage, including award winning social worker T K Moni for the 201st episode of the show, singing the devotional song ‘GuruvayoorappaNinMunnilNjan’ in a bouquet of nearly 17 melodious numbers that made up the concert.

Arts and Medicine, an all-Wednesday programme of therapeutic music, isa joint initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra and sponsored by CAFS (Casino Air Caterers and Flight Services).

Cochin Naushad, a popular Ghazal singer from Kochi; his daughter Nazrin, a Class VII student; and singersKunjachanPalluruthi and Yahiya Azeez, were among those who performed today.

The show opened with the devotional song ‘Yahoodiyayileorugramathil’ followed by a Malayalam drama song ‘Madhurikkumormakale’ by Cochin Naushad.

Social activist T K Moni, a Thekkan Star Media Award winner for social service, captivated the audience with the evergreen song ‘SandhyeKanneerilenthe’ from the movie ‘Madhanotsavam’ (1978).

KunjachanPalluruthi, a singer with the Aasha Music troupe; and Yahiya Azeez, an Arts and Medicine regular, captured the hearts of crowd with their passionate renditions.

The programme ended with a medley by Cochin Naushad, NazrinNaushad and Yahiya Azeez.

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