The brief story of ‘Camerata – Child’s Play India’

As Child’s Play India will be having a Christmas concert tomorrow at Institute Menezes Braganza (6 pm), NT GoGoaNow caught up with them to learn more about ‘Camerata Child’s Play India’ – one of the performing groups at the concert.

SHERYL GONSALVES | NT GOGOANOW

This group was started to make music accessible to all, especially those whose parents or guardians can’t afford music lessons. They consist of students of Child’s Play India and musicians from the wider community. These talented youngsters receive instructions to use the violin, viola, cello, flute, recorder and piano. The Camerata performs established concert repertoire featuring some of the world’s greatest classical music. The children of Child’s Play India are trained to perform solos and duets for concerts.

They have at least 2 major concerts annually- the monsoon and Christmas concert. Chryselle from Child’s Play India reveals: “We have been performing our Monsoon and Christmas concerts for many years now and they are much-awaited events in Goa’s classical music calendar. We have a discerning audience who come to our concerts knowing that we aim for a high standard of excellence and that the programme is chosen with thought and care. We are heartened by the community support we have received in the last ten years. Many of our audience members are also donors who help keep our project going.”

Luis Dias, the founder of Child’s Play India Foundation, saw a beggar being rudely driven away from a tea stall during his childhood and that memory stuck with him as he grew up. Years later, an idea clicked in his mind to give poor children instruments to learn and play with. This idea brought his two passions together – music and social empowerment.  

Click here for more details of the Christmas Concert.