Bat­tle of bands seeks to reach out to trou­bled teens in Jan­uary

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Next month, the stage will be set for a bat­tle be­tween bands who will make an ef­fort to re­form and in­spire the youth in the city through their mu­sic. An ode to joy, love and peace will be the themes pur­sued by com­pet­ing bands as they look at win­ning not just prizes, but hearts too.

The Heart Foun­da­tion (Help­ing to Ed­u­cate As­so­ciate Re­ha­bil­i­tate & Teach) is or­gan­is­ing the Band Com­pe­ti­tion called Heart 2015 – Beats For All in aid of the Preven­tion of Abuse of Chil­dren & Teens (PACT) in Jan­uary.

The pro­gramme will have bands and em­i­nent singers from Navi Mum­bai, Thane, Mum­bai, Pune and other cities who would through com­pe­ti­tion spread the mes­sage of love, joy and peace through mu­sic from Jan­uary 22 to 24 from 10am on­wards at Won­ders Park, Nerul.

The fi­nal will be at 5pm at the same venue. En­try to the pro­gramme is free.

Jayakar El­lis, pres­i­dent, Heart Foun­da­tion, said, “Pre­vent­ing ad­dic­tion among chil­dren and teens is the need of the hour. Mu­sic is the most ef­fec­tive way of reach­ing out to them and draw­ing their at­ten­tion to th­ese is­sues.”

El­lis said that chil­dren th­ese days are con­fronted with var­i­ous ad­dic­tions, peer pres­sure, bro­ken homes and pres­sure to per­form. He pointed out that home sur­round­ings also play a vi­tal role in th­ese ar­eas.

“There has been over­whelm­ing re­sponse al­ready with over 50 bands reg­is­ter­ing. We also plan to have var­i­ous other pro­grams like dance, mimicry not only for the youth but the kids too,” added El­lis.

Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane, who will be the chief guest of the func­tion said, “As a cit­i­zen of Navi Mum­bai and now the mayor, I am glad that mu­sic is be­ing used to bring about aware­ness in the chil­dren and youth of the city. ”

Ac­cord­ing to ACP (crime),Ra­jen­dra Bhamare, “We are glad that the Heart Foun­da­tion is do­ing this mu­si­cal pro­gramme through which we can send forth a mes­sage ‘Beware and Be Se­cure” to the chil­dren and youth of the city.”

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