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