Mangaluru: Hearts beat for special youngsters at Music for Change contest

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Jul 17: It was an experience of a special kind for both participants and audience, as groups of specially-abled talents proved their prowess in singing and dance at 'Beat2Beat' competition organized by Music for Change, a non-governmental organisation, at Forum Fiza Mall here on Sunday, July 16.

Music for Change has been teaching dance and music to specially-abled and economically backward children in the city since 2014. 'Beat2Beat' was a competition hosted by the trust after a month of training students in music and dance by professional artistes.

MLA J R Lobo, CREDAI president D B Mehta and KCCI president Jeevan Saldanha were the chief guests of the event.

Addressing the gathering MLA J R Lobo said, “The government has formed a directorate for the specially abled children to provide grants to them. Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have lot of such schools that have helped write success stories of many.

"Women and child development centre are also supporting the cause. It is no ordinary deed to nurture these children. Music for Change has taken a good initiative to encourage these children," he added.

CREDAI president D B Mehta said, "Music for Change has taken a great initiative to teach music and dance for the specially-abled and economically weaker children. Music and dance is a universal language which breaks all barriers and touches the soul. We have to convert our vision into a mission and gain profit, not personal profit, but profit for the society."

The competition was judged by musician Eric Ozario, director Raj B Shetty, choreographer Yathish and dancer Avinash.

Beat 2 Beat competition was organised in two categories - singing and dance. Five teams in each category competed for the titles.

The contenders for the singing category were Rynel and Ramesh from Team Strumpets, Amabelle and Sandesh from team Chordially Your’s, Joylene and Vijeth from team Treblemakers, Beverly and Sudeep from team Fiddlers, Shelton and Aadi from team Major and Minor.

Amabelle Moras and Sandesh from the team Chordially Your’s emerged winners of the singing category.

Five teams from dance category were Prathiksha and Danveeth from the team Flute, Pavan and Yash from the team Aloha, Yoshitha and Anisha from the team Unique, Vikas and Alita from the team Frictions, Prameela and Akshatha from the team Dancing Dolls.

Pavan and Yash from the team Aloha emerged winners of dance category.

On the occasion, Jhankar dance troupe, Craziatics dance group, students of St Agnes Special school, Chethna child development centre, Mannagudda government school and Swaroopa Adhyana Kendra rendered beautiful performances that delighted the audience.

There was a special dance performance by Dance Stars Adyar and a musical rendition by Rhapsody Out Loud, semi-finalists of 'India’s Got Talent'.

Co-founder of Music for Change Arjun D'Souza welcomed the gathering. Disha Prabhu and Chethan Devraj compered the programme.