72-year-old Lazar of Kottarakkara is a happy man. A brilliant harmonium player in his times, Lazar has his names on the list of ailing artists, who do have the talent but have not found any recognition whatsoever. On receiving his first pension for the services offered he thanked noted playback singer KS Chitra and her associates who came forward for a good cause.
ACV (Asianet Cable vision) television channel and singer Chitra have joined hands for a charity programme under Snehananda Charitable Trust. The singer who lost her beautiful daughter last year made the first donation under her daughter’s name to the trust. A musical nite called Sneharaga was organized as part of the inaugural celebratioins that saw leading artists perform on stage.Later Chief Minister Oommen Chandy handed over the Rs.3000 to U Lazar on behalf of the newly established trust. Says Chitra, “They had approached me last year, February as part of the 30 years celebrations as a playback singer in the industry. I had shown no interest then. Only when I came to know about this beautiful cause did I agree to be part of it.” Mr. Vivekanandan Nair said, “As a beginning, a monthly pension of Rs.3,000 would be given to two artistes, who were chosen for the aid by a selection board of the trust. There are hundreds of such talents who are living a life of penury. We will eventually like to help more as the trust expands its activities.” We applaud Snehananda Charitable Trust and KS Chitra, coming to the aid of the age-old musicians who presented us with unknown wonders.