This virtual choir group is raising funds for children with HIV/AIDS during lockdown


“When sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say… It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

As many as 37 voices, all a part of the Chennai-based Mellow Circle’s choir, are coming collectively just about to sing this hymn by Audrey Assad. After Mellow Circle’s Christmas play final yr, a Chennai custom by now, the choir group would have held its annual Magic of Music live performance in July-August had circumstances been totally different. Last yr, they recreated chartbusters from the 1960s to 1980s, masking evergreen bands similar to The Beatles, Abba, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and Billy Joel. “This year with the pandemic and the social distancing norms, chances of the concert taking place are low,” says Sajan Abraham, president of Mellow Circle.

A serving to hand

“That’s why we are doing these virtual choir videos instead to spread the word about Prathyasha,” he provides. Prathyasha, a house for children with HIV/AIDS, was based by Mellow Circle in early 2007. It takes care of the bodily, emotional, and academic well-being of the children. Mellow Circle raises funds for Prathyasha via its Christmas performs and Magic of Music concert events.

However, getting 37 individuals to sing harmoniously just about, once they couldn’t hear one another, was an fascinating problem for this veteran group. It was producer Mervin T Thomas who offered music with the keyboard and combined the sounds collectively. “There are four sections in this… about seven altos, six bases, three tenors and 21 sopranos. Each of us recorded our bits… first audio, and then over that track we recorded a video. Mervin mixed them together,” says Sajan. The video is up on his YouTube channel (Sajan Abraham).

He hopes that recurrently importing virtual choirs will assist hold Prathyasha in public conscience. The residence, he says, is braving tough circumstances. “All the kids are being taken care of at home and step out as rarely as they can. Given they have HIV/AIDS, they are at a high risk as their immunity is low,” he says. Furthermore, there was a pause of their training. Those who flip 18 must depart the house (as it may possibly solely deal with children) regardless of there being an uncertainty about their future. Some pursue greater research, others look for jobs. “After they turn 18, they will have to go back to their families… uncles, aunts, single parents,” Sajan provides.

In a bid to up their fundraising, Mellow Circle is considering holding a virtual live performance however nothing has been finalised but. “For now, we’re engaged on masking one other track — ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman — just about. It needs to be out within the subsequent three-four weeks,” he says.

To know extra about Prathyasha, go to mellowcircle.in or prathyasha.in

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