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Kolkata slum kids make music instruments out of waste material

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2009 08:40 hrs

A group of slum kids gave the waste material a shape of a musical instrument and established a music band in Kolkata.

Known as 'Hriday Akash', the band has the music instruments made out of waste material like bowls, plastic bottles, glass bangles, bottle covers, thermocol and tin drums.

The turning point for these nine school dropouts came when they were picked up by Niranjan Goswami who got engaged them in this activity.

"We first tried to engage them by entertaining them. We thought that by learning painting they would get knowledge of geometry and measurement. Then in music, they will learn sounds and will get knowledge of sounds. Then this is how slowly an orchestra was formed," said Goswami, secretary, 'Hriday Akash'.

The kids are happy to have given their imagination a full play.

"What we play here are not original instruments. We use things which are normally thrown away, like bowls, plastic bottles, glass bangles, bottle covers, thermocol and tin drums. We learn along while playing these instruments," said Surojit Hazra, a member of the music band.

'Hriday Akash' members practise their instruments on the roof of the office of a self-help group. By Ajitha Menon (ANI)



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