Compassion Through Art
POPULAR INDIAN television actress and founder and artistic director of the Srijon Foundation, Kamalika Guha Thakurta, recently launched Artscape, an initiative to use her knowledge on music, dance and movement to heal, empower and transform individuals. “The idea behind Artscape is to use the performing art forms as an alternative approach to recovery, healing and psychological rehabilitation of survivors of any kind of trauma—physical or emotional,” said the graceful lady at the launch of the foundation. Artscape partnered with the Flowering Tree Inc and the Light of Life Trust to train children from the Mangaon, Alibagh and Karjat area in Indian vocal, instrumental music and dance and staged a musical drama production, Kalpataru that was led by the philanthropic lady herself. There is also a Care for Cancer Initiative run by the same foundation, wherein music and meditation sessions are held at Cancer Rehabilitation Homes like ACTREC, St Judes and Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti in Mumbai. Patients, as well as the caregivers, are targeted for promoting physical and emotional well-being in them. A sense of relief, motivation and an insight of self-healing is what is genuinely required in cancer patients to struggle through their painful journey and we are glad that instead of holding regular fundraisers for such causes, Kamalika is herself making such great efforts to change things around her. Proud!