For Japan

A common complaint among socially-conscious adults is that the youth today, having lived sheltered lives, are either ignorant of, or indifferent to issues that should concern them as citizens of the world. But a group of youngsters from the American International School, Chennai, have set out to prove them wrong.

Coming together

Students of the school' s Grade XI are designing and organising a charity concert on June 11, aimed at raising money for ‘Save the Children' in Japan. The event is being sponsored by BNP Paribas and Vodafone. “We came to class one day this March, and our teacher showed us live footage of the Tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. We realised we couldn't just sit there; we had to do something,” recounts Surya Giri from the administrative team. “Obviously, there are other good causes but this was recent and it definitely caught our eye.”

However, the question arose as to how exactly they would go about fundraising, given their target of collecting $10,000 (about Rs.4.6 lakhs). After initial discussion, the group realised that they shared a common interest — music. “What better way than music to bring people together,” Surya smiles.

Next step: the organisers put up notices for auditions on Facebook, the easiest way to access Chennai' s teenage population. In just two weeks, 18 bands and soloists turned up for audition. With great difficulty nine bands, who play a wide range from classic rock to pop, were selected.

When asked why this concert is significant, Sana Srinivasan, another member of the organising committee, responds, “Music is a passion among the youth today. There are many teens just waiting for an opportunity to showcase their talents.” By attending the concert, one will not only support the relief efforts for Japan, but also help these young performers live out their dream on stage.

And as Sana puts it, “And the concert is going to be awesome! Lots of food, music, friends, and fun… What more could a teenager ask for?”

Catch them live

@ Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Lady Andal school

Date: June 11, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ticket prices: Rs. 100 to Rs. 500

Website: www.japanconcert.org

SAMVITHA RAM, student of American international School

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