CHENNAI: Those who had fought off sleep and come for an early morning walk or jog at Jeeva Park here on Wednesday were pleasantly surprised as pleasing strains from a violin greeted them.
Violinist Lalgudi Krishnan performed as part of the ‘88888 Lights Out’ campaign organised by the Jeeva Park Joggers and Walkers Association, T. Nagar. “I dedicate these songs to the cause of a better environment. I will be giving a performance on August 8 along with my sister Vijayalakshmi at IIT-Madras. During the concert, we will have the lights, mikes and all gadgets switched off for eight minutes,” Mr. Krishnan said.
The ‘88888 Lights Out’ campaign, aimed at creating awareness of global warming, had celebrities in the locality come and share messages on the subject. Violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, who spoke earlier, said the word isai (music) meant ‘being in harmony with’ or ‘togetherness’. “It is important that we preserve our environment, and respect nature. I wish this campaign all success,” he said.
Television actor Vijay Adhiraj, also a resident of T. Nagar, said he had asked his daughters to spread the message in their school. “We should all come together for this cause and make a difference,” he said.
Rajesh Lakhoni, Commissioner, Chennai Corporation, said that it was important that everyone participated in the campaign and urged residents to lend their support.
Founder of Exnora International M.B. Nirmal, who earlier distributed notices to the joggers and walkers, urged residents to switch off the lights at 8 p.m. for 8 minutes on August 8, 2008, and to join the movement to arrest global warming. For more details, visit: http://www.88888.co.in. Senior members of Exnora International were present.
Citizens’ support sought
At a press conference organised by Sri Krishna Sweets and the Global Carnatic Music Association (GCMA) later on Wednesday, founders of the association musicians Sudha Raghunathan and K.N. Shashikiran sought the support of students and citizens in the ‘Lights out’ campaign.
Ms.Raghunathan said everyone had a role to play and requested all to join the movement and spread the message. Celebrities from the Carnatic music fraternity, film industry and students from city schools and colleges would gather around Gandhi statue on the Marina Beach on August 8 at 8 a.m.
In a campaign titled ‘Power of silence’, they would, together, observe complete silence from 08.00.08 a.m. to 08.08.08 a.m. Mr. Shashikiran said educationists had promised to lend support by addressing students. The message was also being put up in social networking websites and internet.