The Amani India Project partnered with Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence to weave their programme into music making curriculum, was launched in Delhi with Smile Foundation and Children in Harmony.
This is an initiative through which children learn to identify, comprehend and manage their emotions through music – the project brought together teachers, student mentors, and schoolchildren. The project focuses on music theory, music practice and its association with emotional intelligence training.
Activities included ice-breaking sessions, jam sessions, song composition and practice sessions, working with mood meters, performing to the different songs and group recitals.
Palak Muchhal, celebrity playback singer, attended the event and actively trained, guided and collaborated with the young artists – adding value to their different song compositions.
Santanu Mishra, Co- Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation says, “Children learnt to fashion their own ‘do it yourself’ instruments from objects as they composed music and lyrics. Songs were focused on empathizing with people who are different. Our objective was to help them become ‘activists’ – activist artists who put into motion all of the new equity skills they’ve learned in the Amani Project, specifically around (but not limited to) gender.”
Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation reaching out to more than 600,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through more than 250 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.