Dear all, a quick update after our first week in Hyderabad. This certainly feels like a well supported project with input from various charities and people. After Hannah’s initial contact with Zoe Kennedy Hughes, who has been involved with Hyderapals.org, the charity which supports Patashala school, she was put in touch with the “Arms Centre” one of two schools run by Abhayacare.org.
Somesh, a Music Therapist from the course in New Delhi, and i have visited both Patashala and the Arms Centre in the first week meeting teachers, therapists and children and begun to get a clearer idea of what we will be able to offer. It’s always an interesting challenge to work in a new setting and learn about the local culture as we try to engage. As you will see on the Abhayacare website, at the Arms Centre they use yoga as part of their work. We joined in the morning yoga session, which included everyone, gently facilitated by a teacher, and despite being outside, this had many of the trappings of a well contained therapeutic group. Learning about different styles of boundaries feels like a main feature of the work.
The two schools face very different challenges and it will be interesting to see what we learn through these in the coming weeks.
One of our hosts had discovered a local supplier and we enjoyed a couple of hours at the shop choosing two small kits of instruments for the schools. We also tried out a few guitars ... As a professional tabla player Somesh’s experience was invaluable when choosing the various percussion instruments. On Saturday evening we enjoyed our first “Jam” when our host Harish brought out his guitar - a good omen for our continuing working relationship and a nice way to unwind. Hyderabad has much to offer in our time off and we look forward to telling you more next week.
Alastair & Somesh