Faith interviewed some of the children involved in the Music Basti workshops about what they like about music and how it affects their lives.
Rhythm training is an essential component of the musical experience, it not only serves to build this skill, but it also enhances the children’s ability to cooperate, listen, and unlike otherwise in life, any discord is met with laughter and a new beginning!
Faith is the project leader for Music Basti. Here, she explains what the organisation does, and how the volunteers and musicians work together to bring music to the street children of Delhi.
The workshops are places of learning and are developed with a clear and serious curriculum. But it’s also important that the kids enjoy themselves.
Ian is a member of New Music Strategies, an award-winning record producer and all-round nice guy. It’s his first time in India.
An overview of the day’s workshop.
The children sing “Kahana Re”, a song that has traveled through centuries and finds a new home with the children’s rendition in the walls of the girls’ home tucked away in a hidden, overpopulated corner in Old Delhi.
BCU Researcher Jez Collins had recently been working on a project in the barrios of Medellin, Colombia working with hip hop artists. He brought some of the culture with him to Delhi.
Professional musician Neeraj plays the harmonium to give the children the notes to warm up and learn the scales.
Chayan Adhikari of Advaita leads the girls through an exercise involving listening and clapping, rhythm and motor skills, count with them!
1 (ek) and (aur) 2 (doh) aur 3 (teen) aur 4 (chaar) aur…!
Neeraj instructs the children to listen and sing carefully, as he strums energetically and the children sing the vehement song that questions wealth, status, luck, fate, gender discrimination and claims that we as children aren’t bothered with all these differences, in this world of liars we continue to speak the truth.
The children listen to the band carefully while Robin sings the melody of their powerful song, “Boondon Mein” (In raindrops) before they record!