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Thursday, 25 June 2015

When music provides the healing touch - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Music is all about harmony and has a big role to play in bringing about harmony in society. On World Music Day on Sunday, this widely accepted concept found a novel expression in the capital city via Swaranjali, an organisation of music lovers.

Swaranjali joined hands with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Thiruvananthapuram, and the Maanaveeyam Veedhi Theruvora Koottayma, to honour T.J. Joseph, the college teacher whose palm was chopped off by fundamentalist elements in 2012, with the ‘Harmony Award’ for being a role model for religious and communal harmony.

Black mark

Presenting the award to Mr. Joseph, poet and activist Sugathakumari said the attack on him would always remain a black mark in the social history of Kerala. Such incidents point to the slow degeneration of the Kerala society.

“Why should there be a distinction between human beings based on religion when in real life everybody shares the same grief and joy that life and society offer? Kerala should learn to live without bloodshed,” she said, lauding Mr. Joseph for his tolerance towards his attackers and his ability to forgive them.


The function began with rendition of three keerthanams by musician Suresh Babu and his disciples, each of them conveying the message of religious harmony.

Offering felicitations, Hindustani musician Ramesh Narayanan said, “When we enjoy music and when we are able to appreciate arts, we are free from negative thoughts and feelings.”
Singer G. Sreeram also offered felicitations.

The organisers gave an opportunity for Molly, a physically challenged woman working in a nearby teashop, to showcase her singing talent.

Students from YMCA performed with their instruments.
T.N. Sreekumaran Thampi, secretary, Swaranjali, presided over the function.
Teacher whose palm was chopped off is honoured by music lovers’ forum for his ‘ability to forgive’

Source: The Hindu, 23rd June 2015

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