MUSIC Three diverse people come together for new tunes and a social cause
O ne of them is a 46-year-old industrialist; another, a 62-year-old businessman; and the third, a 31-year-old educationist running a school — the three of them have teamed up to form a soft-rock band Joint Venture, breaking the myth that music bands are the prerogative of the youth.
For 23 years, Reji Varghese had been focussing on manufacturing hydraulic fixtures used for making auto components. But, with his heart beating for music, for the last few years he's been composing jingles and songs — he began with a song dedicated to his mother who'd passed away then.
As for Sengen Joachim, he had left Chennai for the U.S. when he was 29. Until then, Sengen had been playing music at coffee shops of star hotels. Abroad, he veered into granite business, supplying blocks for ace sculptors such as Alan Osborne and Richard Mcdonald.
When Sengen returned to India early this year to set up an artists' village at Yercaud, he chanced upon Reji Varghese, and the two got talking about music.
They eventually teamed up with Ryan D'Costa, who runs the Velankanni School at Yercaud, and began recording their own songs. “I found Reji's music very fresh,” says Sengen, who has plans of staging live performances of their music abroad.
Sengen plays the keyboard and the saxophone, and does a bit of song writing. Ryan is the drummer, while Reji is the singer-music composer-song writer.
Though the band's music has interesting musical progressions, in many ways, the songs are more about the lyrics than the music.
Some of the songs carry a sentimental tone, while others have a philosophical twist — such as the piece “Climbing Stairs”.
Through music, the group hopes to raise funds for charity — such as a kindergarten for slum labourers' children, a night school for the Koraga and Durgamurgi tribes living near Nargal village in Karnataka, and free medical care for the needy in and around the village.
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