Our first project in India took us to Hyderabad, in the newly formed state of Telangana, South India in 2015. Families of migrant labourers, and people who have been dispossessed of their land and homes due to urban development, are living in poverty. Inadequate housing, poor drainage and water supplies, coupled with social exclusion, are taking their toll on the mental and social development of the children. Whilst music therapy training courses do exist in India, they are relatively new and graduate numbers are small.
Impact and Activites to date
An Introductory Training Field Project delivered in 2015 saw 15 staff skilled and equipped to run music sessions themselves in 2 care settings: a local primary school (Patashala) and a centre for children and adults with autism (ARMS centre). 11 children and adults participated in music sessions during the project and 228 children and adults stood to benefit as the local staff developed their music programmes.
Our work in Hyderabad has been delivered in partnership with 'Hyderapals’, a small organisation working in a number of schools and centres across Hyderabad, with the project led by an Indian music therapist, Somesh Purey, together with Alastair Robertson (a UK music therapist and member of our Advisory Panel).
We returned to follow-up on the Introductory Training Project in Hyderabad in 2016, to help our Local Partners address any challenges and to share their successes. This had made their music programmes become well established and we remain available to offer ongoing support as and when they feel they need it.
In 2018, the ARMS Centre requested for a visit for further support, which local Music Therapist Nina Cherla was able to undertake. Last year had also seen requests for introductory trainings at the Shraddah Centre, Vivan Centre and the Ksherta Care setting. Nina delivered an Introductory Training Project and a Follow Up visit at the Shraddha Centre, whereby 4 staff were trained and 21 young adults participated during the training. 120 young adults attend the Shraddha Centre and now all have access to benefit from the music sessions.
“I can feel confident and I am able to continue”
“We aren’t struggling anymore.”
“Exploring feelings of control and ‘to be heard’ in the music may have helped to build [a service user's] confidence, something that has transferred outside of the music room…"
At the beginning of this year, Nina will deliver an Introductory Training Project at the Vivan Centre and will visit the Ksherta Care setting to undertake a feasibility study. We will also continue to support the Shraddha Centre and ARMS Centre in any ways needed.