Music heals. Yes, it actually does! In these challenging times, what everyone is looking for is some respite from negative news all over. So, we at Tricity Scoop came across a few music lovers who are making a difference by spreading joy through the art of music. They are not celebrities but people like you and me who are bringing smiles by sharing songs on social media, spreading positivity, and giving us strength to tide through the COVID crisis.
We spoke to a few of them from Tricity to know more about their initiative and about the tremendous response that they are receiving from not just Chandigarh but globally.
Rinku Kalia, eminent singer, winner of Zee TV’s reality show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”, says, “Music has proved to be a great stress-buster and a medium to bring smiles on the faces of a large number of people, both familiar and strangers, during the tough Corona times since last year. In fact, I have extensively used my social medium platforms, Facebook and Instagram, to spread positivity and a sense of belongingness among my social circle across the world by uploading music videos catering a cross-section of audience. Livestreaming of my concerts through Zoom and Google Meet at a time when live concerts are not possible, have gone a long way in connecting me with my audiences and hone my musical skills. Besides encouraging other artists, both professional and amateurs, by judging online music shows on various social media platforms, I have ensured that I remain connected with my music fraternity. I feel blessed that I have contributed my bit to make life slightly more bearable for hundreds of people during the pandemic times.”
Vani Kaushal, Romance Novelist says, “It wasn’t going to be easy hosting a virtual fundraiser to support COVID charities in India. For starters, I knew that my profession offered me little room to entertain people in live sessions. Creating an invite that would be able to stand out on its own in the maze of digital advertising, zoom calls, FB lives, and Google team meets was a challenge too. Keeping the event light and breezy was equally important just so my audience was not all bored to death. And so, I decided to rely on a skill that I had come to acquire and appreciate in the last one year of lockdown: that of playing a musical instrument – Guitar!
To tell you the truth, the event panned out better than expected. While I somehow managed to entertain my audience with a couple of chartbusters I had learnt off YouTube without making any mistakes (and thank God for that!), the underlying message behind hosting this event wasn’t lost even once. At the end of the day, even if a couple of my friends and followers who joined me that day were able to donate to a COVID charity of their choice – it was mission accomplished for me!”
Here’s a team of music educators and music enthusiasts from Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh. The team, which includes David, Pratiek, Anjali, Anuja, Sahil, Nasrin, Rakhee, and Subhasis has recently got a wide appreciation for the number ‘Teri hai Zameen, Tera Aasman’ from the 1980 move, The Burning Train, which they sang together in a virtual performance which was shared online. Many famous personalities like IPS officer Kiran Bedi and TV anchor Mini Mathur have shared it on their pages and it has crossed one million views.
Sahil Jain, one of the team members says, “The idea behind this rendition of a very old classic prayer song was to spread positive vibes and hope in times when the whole world was locked up in their homes with stress and fear. We are very grateful for all the love and blessings we have received as it’s still doing rounds on social media globally. We have received love and blessings in the form of WhatsApp messages and comments. It’s very encouraging and we will come out with another song very soon.”
“Sabki Dua Chaahiye, Sabke Liye Chaahiye”, he adds with an emphatic smile on his face.