Music for a cause

IT WAS a 12-hour non-stop music nite that had a crowd sitting prim and proper. No raving, hysterical, screaming teenies, but what you had was families tuned in to a religious frequency.

The night was a Christian music show organised by the Musi-Care Cultural and Charitable Trust (MCCT) last week at the Christ Church Campus, Anna Salai. And it was a free show to boot.

Jollee Abraham, its founder, had roped in some of the great names in the Tamil music industry. M.S.Viswanathan was there, as were Jikki, P.B.Srinivas, L.R.Easwari, P.Susheela, Yesudas and Minmini.

Kicking off the show at 6 p.m. was MSV with an extempore composition of a song that set the tone for the rest of the night, which went on till 6 a.m. next day.

Yesudas and Minmini pitched in a few religious songs in Malayalam, while the others picked songs from yesteryear Tamil Christian numbers. L.R.Easwari brought in her style and versatility to her melodious songs while Minmini was out with her best for a few Malayalam songs. There were quite a few choral presentations too, in both English and Tamil.

Then came choirs in English and Tamil led by Dr.Shyam Joseph, followed by Gospel singers like Hema John, Sasi Rekha and Esther Baby taking the stage. On show was also, ten-year-Reshma J.Abraham, who sang with such ease, that it seems that her musician father has been grooming her with care for a while.

The show also included as part of its programme, giving away of wheel chairs, tri-cycles, crutches, walkers and sewing machines to the needy.

According to the organisers, the show attracted a 7,000-strong audience. For Jollee Abraham, it was a long-time fulfilled, and now he plans for the nite to be an annual event. He says that it was a dream come true. ``I have been thinking about this for quite a while. But then something or the other did not work. Now everything has fallen into place. May be, everything happens at the appointed time,'' he says.

By Feroze Ahmed