Through musical collaborations with artistes, Chennai-based musician Rachintan Trivedi is creating therapeutic workshops for kids with special needs.
“By working together with other artists, I aim to bring an experience that is moving. We want to take the strength of art, along with music, to everyone. Children with special needs love upbeat music and feel energised when they see art being presented before them. For each of the workshops performed at special schools and NGOs, I work along with a painter or illustrator, who presents his/her work live before the children, and I compose music on the spot as per the artwork,” explains Rachintan.
As part of the workshops, he also allows the children to play a beat-making instrument named Maschine Mikro, that has buttons which are colour-coded. “Special children find it fascinating to touch each of the buttons and see different music emerging. Workshops like these tap the creativity of children and help them explore arts to the fullest,” he asserts.
Some of his past art-music collaborations include War and Peace, which was created along with a US-based artist named Amukta, depicting the unity in India in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in February, music for an NGO named Our Voix for their documentary on prevention of child abuse, and another work named Pencil Vs Poetry with artist Vinayak Dave, showcasing art by children and composing music to their work.
“Playing music is so different from composing it for a particular scene or art form, which could have both negative and positive aspects to them. In order to take the power of music and art everywhere, I will soon also be releasing a music album of collaborations with several global artists. Collaborations can have bigger effect on a person than music alone,” elaborates Rachintan. As the son of renowned Gujarati musician, Raju Trivedi, Rachintan says his exposure to different kinds of music started at a very early age. Having an artistic approach towards any profession can bring out the creativity in everyone, he adds. As part of his job at KM Conservatory, Rachintan also goes on global tours along with the music maestro Rahman.
The artiste is also keen to revive traditional folk music, with a touch of fusion. Through another initiative named Folk Box, formed along with Gujarati singer Aditya Gadhvi, the musician is taking folk tunes global.