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Spreading joy: British Singer Mica Paris with schoolchildren at Chamraj Higher Secondary School, near Udhagamandalam, on Wednesday.
Spreading joy: British Singer Mica Paris with schoolchildren at Chamraj Higher Secondary School, near Udhagamandalam, on Wednesday.

D. Radhakrishnan

Britain’s noted musical personality Mica Paris interacts with students and takes back Indian values

Udhagamandalam: Like in many parts of the Nilgiris, the atmosphere in Chamraj and surroundings near here was also gloomy on Wednesday owing to the wet, misty and nippy conditions.

However, in sharp contrast the mood inside the Chamraj Higher Secondary School was warm and cheerful.

The reason: Mica Paris, United Kingdom’s striking musical personality and noted Soul Queen who released her latest popular album “Born Again” earlier this year dropped in at the school to spread some charm and joy and in the process take back some Indian values.

Her visit was facilitated by the United Kingdom-based Fairtrade Foundation, an independent charity that licenses use of the “Fairtrade” mark on products which meet internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. The Chamraj Estate, a member of the Amalgamations Group, has for the past several years been a licensee of the Foundation.

Being the product ambassador of the organisation, Ms. Paris sang a couple of songs for the students and made them sing along. Later she told The Hindu: “I am very impressed with the children and their work”.

Dedication

Opining that it reflected the dedication of their teachers, she said, “It is a joy to see teachers who love to teach”.

She expressed the hope that it should spread to the rest of the country.

Ms. Paris added that the values, the community life, the family structure etc that one comes across here are “refreshing” and lamented that they are vanishing in the West.

The Public Relations Manager, Fairtrade Foundation, Martine Julseth said that products bearing the Fairtrade mark should meet international standards.

Stating that high priority is accorded to tea, she said the organisation had set an ambitious target of raising the fair-trade endorsed brands of tea from the present 10 per cent to 50 per cent by 2012.

The Director, Chamraj Group, T.G.B. Pinto said the Fairtrade endorsement assures good quality.

The Manager, Chamraj Group, G.B.Henriksen said that many welfare schemes are being implemented with the premium earned through the sale of Fairtrade endorsed tea.

Among the beneficiaries are a large number of school students.

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