Performers made sure entertainment was sandwiched between social messages
CHENNAI: It was a confluence of music and dance as top-slot film playback singers and dancers from John Britto School of Dance came together to present a fun-filled evening on Wednesday at Isai Thendral, a music programme for a cause.
The audience feverishly tapped their feet and waved their hands at the singers and also had a message to take home: ‘Help patients with multiple sclerosis and make a difference in their lives.’
The charity event, organised by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India – Chennai Chapter, marked the first World Multiple Sclerosis Day. The performers made sure the entertainment was sandwiched between strong social messages.
A short film on multiple sclerosis highlighted the need for the public to understand the cause of the disorder and help those affected by it. ‘Lack of social support and public information made the disorder less known to the public. People with multiple sclerosis have complex need and it is not met adequately’ formed the crux of the film.
Singers Haricharan and Saindavi set off the evening with a couple of melodious numbers. Benny’s chartbusters ‘Taxi Taxi’ and ‘Masakali’ had the audience on their feet. Rahul Nambiar’s characteristic remix numbers like ‘Vasantha Mullai’ received booming cheers from the young audience.
The energy of the audience was kept on a high by peppering dance performances by the students of John Britto. The evening clearly belonged to fast numbers.
The audience went into raptures for ‘Dol Dol,’ sung by Ranjith and Srilekha Parthasarathy.
In his address, Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar stressed the need to sensitise the public to multiple sclerosis and encourage them to support the patients.
The president of the Society, Yousuf Ali Dhala, secretary Dolly Khanna and treasurer Ann Gonsalvez were present.