Care for Culture

Care for Culture, an initiative by the Global Isai Festival, reaches out to people with music. It is a cause we believe in. We have seen that music heals, spreads joy, raises hopes and builds dreams and it is this hope that drives the initiative forward. Every year, the artists from India and abroad, collaborate with us to perform for those in need of care. Besides live performances, they conduct workshops at various institutions and connect with the people who benefit from the power of music. We hope to bring about a change in this way. In the past years, this initiative has included performances at Children’s Cancer Hospital, Puzhal Jail for the inmates, School for the Blind, workshops, etc in Chennai.

This cause invites you to feel the power of music, be part of the change. It’s time to create a culture that cares.


his year, Care for Culture’s focus was on spreading awareness of Cerebral Palsy (CP). In keeping with this, Blessing Bled Chimanga Trio from Zimbabwe performed for children affected by CP at Devasitham Charitable Foundation, Chennai. The DCF is an organisation that aims at imparting value added education like spoken english, computer skills, social awareness programs, career counseling etc. As part of the program, children with visual impairment also performed music on stage. The participants were all very excited by the performance, and some even shared their feedback with the artists.


In association with Ann Care Foundation, music was taken to the children at the Children’s Cancer Institute at Egmore and SRM College. Performances were made by Simangavole from Reunion Island and childrens’ band, V Take Off. The event was a huge success and spread joy in the hearts of many! The children were happy and had a good day listening to music from a different culture. The success of the event inspired the organizers to make this an annual cause to participate in.

Workshops were also conducted in 2015 at the A R Rahman’s School of Music, KM Music Conservatory.


L Shenkar feat. Lalitha and Nandini performed for the inmates of Puzhal Jail on Republic Day.

“The best concert I have had so for in India during my tour is for the prisoners @ the Puzhal Jail just for the reason I get to meet around 500 prisoners or more many of them sharing their experience with me which made me feel so special and greatful. The best compliment I got from many of them was they said they will have a peaceful night of sleep after hearing the show. Music has the power to heal! The man below has been in prison for more than 30 years he said.” – L Shenker

“World-renowned musician Shenkar, who is a vocalist, instrumentalist and a songwriter, will be playing a special concert today. On the occasion of Republic Day, he'll be performing for the inmates of the Puzhal jail in the city. "It's a special feeling," says Shenkar, who is currently in the city, "I was invited to play at the Isai festival last month and the promoters of that were involved in the Puzhal concert. When they proposed the idea, I was very interested since I have worked with rehabilitation stuff and such special projects all the time. Among other numbers, I'll be performing songs from my album, The Revelation, and special guests Dr M Lalitha and M Nandini, will be playing too." – Times of India.


French band Boogers performed for the School for the Blind in Chennai.

Workshops were conducted in Landmark Bookstore and University of Madras (Music Dept)


In the first year, workshops were conducted in Landmark Bookstore, Madras Christian College and Madras University (Music Dept)