With so much going on, I have overlooked to blog about an amazing concert I had a chance to attend over the weekend. Let me start from the beginning how it all began.. (hmmm....did I just say that? Spoken like a true docent!).
Last year, I attended prayers in Sivan Temple in Singapore for a friend S whose mother in law had just passed on a few weeks back. I didn't know the elderly lady personaly but I attended the prayers out of respect for the deceased and because S is a friend and she had invited me together with her close friends and family.. While I was there, I met A, through her husband's introduction. [I know what you are thinking- It was prayer time in a temple. What in the world were you doing chatting up people? Couldn't help it - it is just me who chats with random people in temples (and on the streets, malls, lifts etc )! My girls have given up on me!! Plus, I wasn’t very sure what was going on, being a Muslim]
Anyway, A passed me her card and explained to me about this True Colours concert she is putting up in March 2018. I lauded her efforts, told her I would contact her and help her out in any way within my means. Then, we parted ways. I kept the card in my drawer, very soon to be forgotten while I started on my NMS docent training that began in Sep and just ended on Tuesday. A and the concert fell to the recesses of my brain..
Then last month in Feb, S got in touch with me again and sent me a message regarding this concert which is coming up. I thanked her for the message and told I will surely try to make it. Invited my docent friends - none had any interest. Sad they had missed such a wonderful concert. Invited my famly members as well. Husband declined. He travels the whole week. I can understand if he just wants to chill on weekends with his temple visits and his beloved music. My girls were half interested. Cajoled them to come with me - partly because I didn't want to attend a concert alone. Secondly, it was to impart in them values of perserverance and inner strength. We can keep on nagging these values at our children but it is through such events, it will truly dawn on them what we have been trying so hard to instil in them. I hope they took away something from the concert.
True Colours concert brought artistes from all over the world. Singers, dancers, pianists, violanists...what is so new about that, you may think. Music concerts are held every weekend in SG. Well, what is so new and so different about these artistes is that they were born with physical deformaties. Some were visually challenged, some couldn't hear well, some did not have fully formed limbs, some even had missing limbs. It is a celebration of artistes with disabilities. Featuring 18 of the most talented performing artistes and troupes from all over the world.
What an amazing performance they had put up!
I was partcularly awed by 33 year old music protege Adrian Anantawan from Canada who wooed us with his beautiful violin pieces with his not fully formed right hand. Incredible. Of all the musical instruments, I find violin is the only instrument which can bring one to stop and draw you to its beautiful melody. Drum beats make you tap your feet or make you want to start grooving to the music but violin is on another level...As I type this, my husband is using one of his music synthesizers to create violin music. What are the odds?
Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei the dancers from China who performed their Hand in Hand each without a limb that they had sadly lost in separate accidents. We Are One - the Indian classical dance performance by wheelchair bound dancers from India gave me a chance to view and hear the beautiful Bharathanatyam dance after ages. (Personal note - I should attend more Indian classical dance performances).
Visually challenged but vocally very blessed Alienette Coldfire from Phillipines serenaded us with her lovely rendition of Symphony, one of my all time fav songs. Ranya, my singer daughter, was amazed at her vocal capabilities. She commmented that some of the high notes in the song were quite difficult and was complimenting her. The Korean duo The Sound - their combined talents - Singer Hye Jeong Han and Pianist Seong 11 Kim were amazing. She sang a lovely balled Will you Still Love me Tomorrow? which tugged at my heart.
Their true colours were indeed shining through...
I was totally enjoying myself throughout the 1 and half hours last Sat evening. Audience sitting in front of me and behind me would have been annoyed with my constant head nodding away to the music, Woo! and Encore !! If it had a dance floor, I would have been the first one there! And when the concert finally ended, it was met with a roaring applause and a standing ovation.
I wanted to speak to A after the concert. A was the executive director but alas I didn't have a chance. But I did send her an email immediately after, thanking her for a chance to view these special group of people who have overcome all their difficulties, against all odds. And we able-bodied people complain about every single small thing that bites us!!
Kudos to the True Colours Festival team for enlightening and entertaining us with an incredible and leaving -with-goosebumps kind of concert! An amazing inaugural success.
Thank you S for reminding me about this concert. My girls and I would not have had a chance to experience these beautiful performances if you had not sent me that message :)
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...