Photos: Violin lessons for children at Delhi’s Sanjay Camp

The Neemrana Music Foundation in collaboration with the NGO Light Up has started a project that brings violin lessons to underprivileged children at Delhi’s Sanjay camp settlement. The project’s focus is on music’s role in building confidence and an awareness of culture among the children. The sponsors hope that building a hobby that is also a skill will equip children for a more meaningful and positive future and also have a ripple effect in improving not just their lives but also those of others in the community.

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Riya, a Class 2 student plays the violin while other students and their instructor look on during music lessons for underprivileged children at Sanjay Camp in New Delhi. The project is being run by the Neemrana Music Foundation in collaboration with the Light Up, an NGO that works on emotional intelligence in the area. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Riya, a Class 2 student plays the violin while other students and their instructor look on during music lessons for underprivileged children at Sanjay Camp in New Delhi. The project is being run by the Neemrana Music Foundation in collaboration with the Light Up, an NGO that works on emotional intelligence in the area. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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This batch of students is aged between six to fourteen years. They are all residents of Sanjay Camp, a settlement comprising hundreds of families, many of whom are unskilled workers in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri embassy enclave. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

This batch of students is aged between six to fourteen years. They are all residents of Sanjay Camp, a settlement comprising hundreds of families, many of whom are unskilled workers in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri embassy enclave. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Muskaan, a student takes up the violin during a lesson at the residential quarters of Ministry of External Affairs. The initiative is using music as an aid to building confidence and a deeper awareness of culture for the holistic development of the children and their community. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Muskaan, a student takes up the violin during a lesson at the residential quarters of Ministry of External Affairs. The initiative is using music as an aid to building confidence and a deeper awareness of culture for the holistic development of the children and their community. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Ankush (L) and other students observe as their teacher Tomasz Pajak demonstrates on the violin. A teacher with the Delhi School of Music, Pajak is a Polish violinist and has been conducting weekly group and individual lessons with this group of children. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Ankush (L) and other students observe as their teacher Tomasz Pajak demonstrates on the violin. A teacher with the Delhi School of Music, Pajak is a Polish violinist and has been conducting weekly group and individual lessons with this group of children. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Pajak helps Riya build pressure on a violin’s strings. The project sponsors the cost of the violins for the children, their tuitions and also aims to facilitate higher education in music if the children wish to pursue the path. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Pajak helps Riya build pressure on a violin’s strings. The project sponsors the cost of the violins for the children, their tuitions and also aims to facilitate higher education in music if the children wish to pursue the path. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Tomasz Pajak and other students seen inside Sanjay Camp. Apart from cultivating a hobby with the instrument, the initiative also favours social integration by providing the children an early start with a skill that can also turn into a vocation once they’re grown up. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Tomasz Pajak and other students seen inside Sanjay Camp. Apart from cultivating a hobby with the instrument, the initiative also favours social integration by providing the children an early start with a skill that can also turn into a vocation once they’re grown up. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Part of the effort towards making music a viable source of employment is the project’s financial assistance to students who wish to sit for the ABRSM (Association Board of Royal School of Music) certification exams, a stage that requires competency of 5-7 years. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Part of the effort towards making music a viable source of employment is the project’s financial assistance to students who wish to sit for the ABRSM (Association Board of Royal School of Music) certification exams, a stage that requires competency of 5-7 years. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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The current scheme is envisioned to last till the end of this year. The project hopes to be extended forward and has plans of providing music lessons to a slightly younger batch of eight more children aged between 6-8. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

The current scheme is envisioned to last till the end of this year. The project hopes to be extended forward and has plans of providing music lessons to a slightly younger batch of eight more children aged between 6-8. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 03:58 PM IST
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