an Inclusive Music Band of disabled and non-disabled musicians
When music is played from the heart, it’s beautiful. When it’s played for a cause, it’s divine. We bring you both beautiful and divine music with “Pehli Baarish”, an Inclusive Music Band of disabled and non-disabled musician friends.
This special band was launched in 2014 by Singer Activist Ritika Sahni who is also the Founder -Trustee of the NGO Trinayani, which works towards creating awareness about disability issues and empowering persons with disabilities to lead a meaningful life on justified terms.
“Pehli Baarish” performs once a month on a voluntary basis. With an intent of sharing the invaluable gift of music with those who may not have an opportunity to experience the same otherwise, the band performs at unconventional venues like old age and children’s homes, hospitals for incurable diseases, rehabilitation centres for drug abuse, cancer patients in hospitals, different shelter homes, orphanages and so on.
Involving disabled musician friends allows us to alter the general perception that persons with disabilities are only recipients of support, only “take’. “Pehli Baarish” is their way of giving back to society. The concept is summarized by Nipun Mehta, Founder of Service Space in a Ted talk. “If everyone can share their gifts, we will discover new forms of value,” he says.
Blind musicians from National Organization of Disabled Artists (NODA) founded by our blind compere friend Kishor Gohil are an integral part of the band. We have Sachin, Ashok and Deepak on Tabla, Congo and Dholak, Augustine on Octopads, Dhawal, Sarfaraz and Nitesh on Keyboards, Ashok, Jayant and Sapna on vocals and Budhha as the compere for our shows.
It’s a known fact that music unites all. In the past, we have had several non disabled friends who have volunteered their expertise in this endeavor. In the last season, the “Pehli Baarish” band comprised of Ritika on lead vocals, along Shaoli, Rumki on Darbuka, with Sidharth on the guitars. Dyuti and Kalpana volunteered for all the sessions.
In all Pehli Baarish performances we mingle with the crowd, get them to perform with us, making it an interactive session.
The third season of “Pehli Baarish” launched this year and is being supported by Mrs Sonna Singh. We will schedule six performances in 6 NGO’s in Mumbai. Our 1st performance was held on 27th June 2018 at Kisangopal Rajpuriya Vanasprasthashram, Gorai for 110 senior citizens. Our 2nd performance took place for YWCA Asha Sadan for around 300 persons on the 27th of July 2018.
THE NGOS we served in the first and second season and the support for the same are listed below. We are grateful to all our donors and acknowledge their support.
Name of Organisation / NGO where the Program was conducted
7th August, 2014
NGO Prerana, at their center in Falkland Road, Grant Road East.,
Mr & Ms Kanchan Rohera
11th September, 2014
King George V Memorial Home For The Destitute, Mahalaxmi
Jhaverbhai Tarjabhai Pai Smarrk Trust
31st October, 2014
Acworth Leprosy Hospital in Wadala
Jai Subramaniam & Hemalata Ramiah
27th November, 2014
Residents of Urja, A Shelter for Runaway & Homeless Young Women. Dadar (E)
Jai Subramaniam & Hemalata Ramiah
6th December, 2014
At the Oberoi Mall during the WDD Celebrations, 2014 Goregaon (E).
Kingston Property Services Ltd.
19th June 2016
Umerkhadi Childrens Home, Dongri 330 children
26th July 2016
David Sassoons Children Home Matunga
Sultan Trust, Bandra
Chembur Children Home
18th February 2017
Ability Foundation Chennai
21st May 2017
1st Inclusive Monthly Meetup Musical @ St Pauls Media Complex
18th May 2017
2nd inclusive Monthly Meetup @ RIMS International School
ABOUT TRINAYANI: An NGO which specializes in demystifying the subject of disability through disability awareness training. We make short films, broadcast a radio show, publish literature and run a Foot Spa employing blind therapists.
RITIKA SAHNI: Our Founder Trustee Ritika Sahni leads the Pehli Baarish band. Besides being a qualified deaf educator, motivational trainer she is also professional singer-performer and playback singer. She has been working in the disability sector for 25 years and spearheads various project initiatives in this field.
PEHLI BAARISH NOW LAUNCHES IN KOLKATA FROM SEPTEMBER 2018 SUPPORTED BY ROTARY CLUB OF CALCUTTA MID TOWN.
HELP US TO KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING ON
All donations in cash or cheque to Trinayani are exempt under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act 1961