Musical Morning Held For Nepal Earthquake Victims In Gurgaon

Students of the Lorraine Music Academy & the LAMP Trust staged a musical for the Nepal earthquake victims at Epicenter in Gurgaon on Sunday morning.

 “Come India Sing For Disaster Relief” – a musical initiative to raise awareness, sensitivity, resilience, resources and support for National Disaster Management & Relief work – was organised by Pure Hearts

Lorraine Fiona Aloysius played the Piano, with students of the academy, who sang ‘God Will Make A Way’ by Don Moen, among others numbers. Pop songs like ‘This Love’ by Maroon 5, ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay, and ‘Aint No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers were sung by 13-year old Ananya Ravi accompanied by the “Come India Sing” band. 

Ten-year old Kiyoshi Yakeem played ‘Sonatine’ by Kahlun on the piano, while she and her 12-year old sister Tanushi Yakeem played “The Trout” by Schubert on the Piano. 

12-year old Akhil Sahni played the popular classic “Fur Elise” by Beethoven on the Piano. 

10-year old Aditi Iyer sang pop songs “Skyfall” by Adele and “I Am Alive” by Celine Dion. 

Bhukamp Peediton Ki Madad Ko Aage Aa Laye Baal Kalakaar


Lorraine Music Academy organised a musical event to create awareness and raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims.

There is nothing more soothing to senses than music. Musical events and concerts have been promoting peace and communal harmony. And once again there are efforts being made to collect funds for the Nepal earthquake victims with the help of music.

Students of Lorraine Music Academy recently came forward to raise awareness, sensitivity, resilience, resources and support for national disaster management and relief work. Under the aegis of Come India Sing For Disaster Relief along with Pure Hearts children, the academy and LAMP Trust, children sent out a message of prayer, faith and belief in the Almighty.

Don Moen’s song “God Will Make A Way” was the most soulful one that struck a chord with the audience. Thirteen-year-old Ananya Ravi sang “This Love” by Maroon 5, Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Coldplays’ “Yellow”. While Ananya was accompanied by the Come India Sing band, the choir was led by Lorraine Fiona Aloysius on the piano.

Twelve-year –old Akhil Sahni and 10-year-old Kiyoshi Yakeem took forward the melodious morning by playing one of Franz Schubert’s famous compositions “Trout” on the piano. Akhil followed it by playing Beethoven’s popular classic “Fur Elise”. The endeavour came to an end with 10-year old Aditi Iyer’s rendition of pop songs like Adele’s “Skyfall” and Celine Dion’s “I’m Alive”.

Founder of the academy and LAMP Trust, Aubrey Aloysius, was happy with the little that he was able to do. “We may not be directly affected, but we are brothers and sisters and we must feel for them and do what we can to help them rebuild their lives, he said and added, “When natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, landslides, cyclones, tsunamis and heat waves strike, India should be prepared to help in mitigation. The audience was encouraged to lend their voices and their hearts to raise awareness, sensitivity, resilience, resources and support to the relief work and foster a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation. The songs that we sang, the resources that we raised, will help the natural disaster victims re-build their broken lives, brick by brick.” 

Gurgaon ke sector-44 ke Epicentre mein ravivar ko Lorraine Music Academy aur se Nepal ke bhukamp peedith ke liye raahat rashi ikatti karne ke liye karyakram huan!

Bachchon ne Nepal ke liye jama kiye fund

Music concert for Nepal

A musical initiative titled “Come India Sing For Disaster Relief”, to raise awareness, sensitivity, resilience, resources and support for the national disaster management and relief work will be organised by Lorraine Music Academy and a group of children who call themselves “Pure Hearts”.

The concert will take place on Sunday morning to raise funds for relief work in Nepal.

The line-up of songs include “God Will Make A Way”, “This Love”, “Yellow”, “Aint No Sunshine” that will be sung by 13-year old Ananya Ravi. Ten-year old Kiyoshi Yakeem and 12-year old Tanushi Yakeem will play “The Trout Quintet” by Schubert on the piano, while 12-year old Akhil Sahni will play the popular classic “Fur Elise” by Beethoven. Ten-year old Aditi Iyer will sing pop songs “Skyfall” and “I AM Alive”. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Epicentre Auditorium, Apparel House, Sector-44, Gurgaon on May 10.

Kids to raise funds for quake survivors

Pure Hearts, a group of children working for social issues, will lend support to the survivors of the Nepal earthquake.

The group is organising a fund raising event on Sunday at Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44. The event has caught the attention of several artistes who will perform there for the good cause.

The receipts from the event will be sent to the Nepal Embassy for the rehabilitation of the Nepal earthquake survivors. The event is being supported by famous bands, Parikrama and Desi Roots. Desi Roots will perform at the event to spread the message of brotherhood and harmony. 

The residents will also get a chance to listen to the 10-year old pop and opera singer Aditi Iyer and the musicians from Lorraine Music Academy.

Members of Top Rock, a group of ten enthusiastic children from Nathupur, are pepped up to win the hearts with acrobats and martial art forms of dance led by Varun Vig.

Also Gurgaon boy Nitish Sahni, a winner of Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, will donate from his prize money for the cause.

Pure Hearts is a group of children between age group 4 – 16 who have come together to take up social and civic issues and sensitize people and the authorities through their initiatives.



Aubrey Aloysius and Lorraine F. Aloysius

Music educationists

When Mumbai-based former banker Aubrey Aloysius and wife Lorraine Fiona Aloysius decided to shift to Delhi to propagate music education, family members felt the couple was taking a wrong decision. “They had a different perception of Delhi and thought that our idea of propagating music education won’t be successful here. We were called crazy,” says Aubrey, co-founder of Gurgaon’s Lorraine Music Academy and LAMP Trust. the-new-indian-express-group

Today, Aubrey and Lorraine are changing lives through music. Aubrey adds, “Kids from broken families respond beautifully to music. It helps them focus on their studies. Some parents tell us they fear that their teenage children would start taking drugs. The fears subside when music training begins.”

Aubrey was fairly new to Delhi. A visit to India Gate connected him emotionally with the city. “I took a round of the monument and the Amar Jawan Jyoti. It completely changed my life. I got tears in my eyes on reading the names of the WW1 martyrs,” he says with a lumpy throat.

Lorraine is a trained pianist from a family of musicians. Her mother Helen D’Cruz was known in the music industry for her Konkani songs, including the famous track, the peppy “Ye Ye Cathrina”. She says, “Music came naturally to us. My music teacher in Mumbai, Aida Francis, strengthened my faith in dedicated learning. I wanted to pass on what I had learned. Unlike in Mumbai, music is treated as a disposable extra here. I wanted to change that. There is so much talent in the NCR.”

With a commitment to change the ‘secondary’ attitude towards music, Aubrey and Lorraine started a music academy “in a flat with 10 students and a keyboard” 11 years ago. Aubrey adds, “We wanted to look beyond the Christian and Parsi families which have a strong tradition of music. Today, most of the kids we train come from families with no musical background.” In 2013, Aubrey initiated an event “Come India Sing Jana Gana Mana”, encouraging an audience of 2,500 people from urban and rural NCR to sing the National Anthem “the correct way in 52 seconds”, and Vande Mataram.

Gurgaon gave them an open view of the sky which is a luxury in Mumbai. Aubrey adds, “Gurgaon could definitely do well with better performance venues. The few popular venues in Gurgaon are too expensive to hire. Delhi has better facilities to back music and dance performances,” Aubrey concludes. As Lorraine finishes singing and playing “Blue Spanish Eyes” on the piano, Aubrey breaks into a self-composed parody. “Ae dil hai mushkil jeena yahan, zara hatkey, zara bachke, ye hai NCR meri jaan.” He conveniently replaces “Bombay” with “NCR”.

Proud Moment: Students performing their compositions

The Funniest Thing You Have Been Told: A student asked Lorraine to laugh with her mouth shut as she has long teeth

Most Awaited Guests: Peacocks in our garden. We were thrilled to see them the first time 

Rashtragaan Ke Mool Swarup Ko Banaye Rakhne Ki Muhim Jaari

Pic: Epicentre mein Come India Sing mein Punjabi nritya karte chatra!


Lorraine Music Academy held a cultural event recently. The audience of 300 children, youth & adults together read out the Preamble of the Constitution. Aubrey Aloysius, founder of the Lorraine Music Academy and the LAMP Trust and chairman of the National Patriotic Project, touched upon the need to focus and include the poor in nation building. He also spoke about initiatives towards this direction by the recent launch of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign.

The concert began with a bang with students of the academy singing a song with tri-colour kites held high titled ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite, Up To The Highest Heights’. Lorraine Fiona Aloysius played the Piano while she sang along with the children the famous Bengali folk song ‘Dhitang Dhitang Bole’ and a Konkani song from Karnataka Sanjaya Cha Vellar’ (our country is beautiful, may God bless our country). The youth choir of the institution touched the hearts of people by singing a spiritual song ‘You Raised Me Up So I Can Stand On Mountains’.

Various patriotic, folk song and dance performances from states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Manipur among others were put up by CCA School, Amity International School, Suncity World School, Pathways World School, Manav Rachna International School, Ridge Valley School, Scottish High International School and Euro International School.

Some of the songs included ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Janmabhoomi Meri Pyari Janmabhoomi’, ‘Ek Tu Hi Bharosa’, ‘Chanda Suraj Lakhon Taare’, ‘Janani Janma Bhoomi’, ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ among others.

This concert was in aid of raising awareness, support and resources for the “Come India Sing…” series of nation building initiatives utilising music as a tool. This series of initiatives, events & participative activities forms a part of the ongoing National Patriotic Project “Come India Sing Jana Gana Mana” that was launched on 15th August 2013.