Bombay Jayashri, Shubha Mudgal to share platform for a fundraiser

Sankalp, a school for children with learning disabilities, is organising a fund-raiser jugalbandhi vocal music programme July 9.

The programme, which will feature Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri and Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal, will be held at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao concert hall, Lady Andal School, Chetpet.

This is the second consecutive year that Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri will be performing for Sankalp, which focuses on two learning disabilities – Dyslexia and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Sankalp Trust, which established a school in 1999 with just eight students, now has 240 students. The children undergo academic sessions in the morning and the afternoons are dedicated to co-curricular activities. Sankalp is trying to build a corpus to construct a building for the school.

According to Sulata Ajit, Lakshmi Krishnakumar and Subhashini Rao, founder directors of the Trust, there has been a marked increase in the incidence of autism in the past few decades.

Music culture

Speaking of her association with the Trust at a press conference here on Friday, Ms. Jayashri said, “As an artiste I am deeply indebted to Sankalp. This [the music programme] is a small way to do a little for those who need me. Music culture should be part of every child's growing up years. For special children it helps build their confidence.”

Ms. Jayashri said she and Shubha Mudgal would share the platform to “explore each other's spaces and try a seamless dialogue” through music.

The tickets for the programme, priced at Rs.500 each, will be available at Landmark, Odyssey and the school premises. For details, call 26182533 or 42732947.