In har­mony with one’s men­tal notes

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Amu­si­cal evening in the city aims to sup­port men­tal well-be­ing. An ini­tia­tive by San­jivini So­ci­ety for Men­tal Health (a non-profit vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion), this con­cert will have a per­for­mance by gospel singer Sonam Kalra.

Parul Khanna Parashar, di­rec­tor, San­jivini, says, “The con­cert by Sonam Kalra and her Sufi Gospel Pro­ject is about how mu­sic tran­scends all faiths. Any­one who is go­ing through emo­tional stress can come to us for coun­sel­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of their caste, creed or gen­der. Her mu­sic has a heal­ing ef­fect and is un­bi­ased in its af­fil­i­a­tion for or against any re­li­gion.”

Kavita Shri­ram, se­nior vol­un­teer at the NGO, says, “We help pa­tients who suf­fer from men­tal dis­or­ders and de­pres­sion by pro­vid­ing them coun­sel­ing lessons, so that they are able to find an­swers to their prob­lems. Mu­sic has a strong con­nect with peo­ple.”

The theme for the evening will be uni­ver­sal love and re­li­gion.

“The mu­sic by Sufi Gospel Pro­ject is a great healer be­cause it is free from all lan­guage, caste, creed, gen­der, re­li­gion and dis­abil­ity,” Kalra says, adding, “My songs will be a blend of sufi, jazz, con­tem­po­rary and bhakti songs.”

I will be per­form­ing on the sub­ject of hope, equal­ity and ac­cep­tance, which I think is very im­por­tant from the per­spec­tive of men­tal health

— Sonam Kalra, singer


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