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!

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