Kamalalayam Trust, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that provides holistic education and healthcare, apart from value-based art of living and loving to underprivileged children, celebrated its first anniversary on October 2.
Located at Sundeep Road, Chinna Neelangarai, the primary objective of the trust is to offer enrichment classes in Communicative English, Science and Mathematics to underprivileged children in the neighbourhood.
Weekends are devoted to computer-based education and art.
Towards this end, the trust has an able team of volunteers providing primary and secondary school children with academic guidance in different subjects, guidance to improve their reading and writing skills and introducing them to drawing and painting, besides teaching them Slokas.
The trust seeks to nurture sound ethical values in the children to ensure that they grow into mature and responsible adults who can, in turn, inculcate these values in their families.
Coinciding with Gandhi Jayanthi, Kamalalayam celebrated its first birthday with the children enthusiastically presenting a cultural show comprising skits, folk dances and other performances.
A Bharatnatyam recital by Muriel, disciple of Lavanya Anant, was entertaining.
The highlight of the celebrations was a classical music recital by Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam and party.
She was accompanied by Anayampatti Venkatasubramaniam on the violin, Erode Nagaraj on the Mridangam and Tiruchi A.S. Murali on the Ghatam.
The song list consisted of energetic numbers that enthused the children – Maha Ganapathim, Alai Paayudhe Kanna, Bharatiar's Senthamizh Naadenumbodhinile, and a bhajan — and prompted them to eagerly sing along with her.
Mrs. Vijayalakshmy is known to take the wonderful art form of music as a socially enabling and empowering medium to reach out to more people, and the concert at Kamalalayam was definitely an enabler in terms of connecting with the children through the language of music.
From Vijayadasami, Mrs. Vijayalakshmy has volunteered to teach music to the children at the Kamalalayam School.