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Friday , May 30 , 2014
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The sound of summer music
- Ranchi instrument camp teaches 30 kids notes of glory

When the scorching sun saps all your energy outdoors, what can be better than an indoor music camp to lift spirits?

To learn the right notes and get the correct chords, a bunch of 30 children has joined classes organised by Ranchi School of Music on its Siromtoli campus while many of their peers are sweating it out at summer games camps.

The maiden camp — Notes of Glory — started on May 26 and will continue till June 6. In between participants will get to understand the basics about the instrument they like. For only Rs 2,600, the children are learning to play the keyboard, tune in to the guitar and beat drums. And then, there is free lunch too.

Though, the camp is mainly focussing on church music like carols, the participants are also learning to play a few Hindi songs. Mentors Enosh John Topno, Manish Rohit Ekka, Ayub Aind, Abhilash Rohit Kujur and Asheem Ujjwal Kujur spend five hours with the students everyday.

Too shy to express himself, kindergarten student Jay Ashish Topno looked happy to play the drums.

For fourth grader Sammuel Kachchap, nothing could be better than percussion. “I like the way a drummer co-ordinates his body and head movements with the beat of the drums,” said the young and aspiring drummer.

Ranchi School of Music faculty and keyboard player Enosh John Topno said the objective of the camp was to inculcate a knack for music among children.

“At the end of the camp, the participants will be able to play at least a few easy and popular carols as well as Bollywood songs,” he added.