Stop thinking about illness, actor Jayasurya tells patients


Kochi, Dec 2: One way to overcome illness is to stop imagining yourself as a patient—an effort that requires positive environment that is aplenty at the General Hospital here, actor Jayasurya said today.

“Thinking repeatedly about one’s disease will make one more sick. We should set aside these negative thoughts and defeat the illness with faith and courage,” the 37-year-old artiste pointed out while speaking as the special guest at the weekly Arts and Medicine programme organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) in association with Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre Limited and Mehaboob Memorial Orchestra.

Ahead of the 96th edition of the every-Wednesday programme, which was this time presented by the music group of Ernakulam Press Club, Jayasurya recollected the time when his mother was cured of her illness at General Hospital. “The hospital has now become more advanced. It has developed a very positive environment through such programmes,” he said as he rendered a song from movie Classmates “Ente khalbile” on request from the audience.

Kochi Mayor Saumini Jain, who attended the event, said that Arts and Medicine programme has been kept alive by a group uncelebrated artistes and singers who want to use their talent for noble causes. “There is no doubt that art, be it music, murals or visual art, relieves one of stress and the KBF is doing a commendable job with this programme here,” said Jain, who is herself an artist.

Speaking on the occasion, Press Club President K Ravi Kumar said journalists are a community who often misses out art amidst their rush to find news. “However, this time we are happy to be part of  the programme, which offers solace through art,” he added.

Dr Dahlia V S, Medical Superintendent, General Hospital, said “everyone can associate with music as all of us, as kids, used to go to bed by listening to lullabies. In this way, music is something very close to our heart and it has a strong healing power.” 

The singers included Rafeek (Sayanna Kairali), Ranjith (The Caravan), Sreerenjini (DEN), Ashraff (Chandrika), Umesh (Deepika), Sandhya (Media One), Kiran Gangadharan (Mathrubhumi), Ukkas Shukoor (Tejas), Rathish Kumar (Madhyamam),  Saneesh (Manorama News) and Shafeek Amaravathy (Deshabhimani).  

KBF Research Co-ordinator Bonny Thomas also spoke on the occasion.

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