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ABOUT WE

WE is an initiative with a big heart. Begun in 2013 by then seventh graders of Cathedral and John Connon School, funds raised put adolescents from Mumbai's slums through an intense three year long programme at the Salaam Bombay Academy of the Arts.

12 year old Mrinalini Somani, the brainchild behind WE, was inspired by her voluntary stint at the Academy, where she danced alongside children from municipal/public schools. These children were part of the Salaam Bombay Dance Academy that uses dance as a tool of development. Through Dance, children develop confidence and self-esteem, they use the stage as a platform of self-expression; dance and other vocational skills such as set and costume design, choreography, etc., open up career options that otherwise do not exist for these children of limited means. Says Mrinialini, "I quickly realized we are all of the same bent of mind artistically… talented, bright and full of dreams. The only difference is that I am fortunate to avail of formal training while their financial constraints cripple their creativity and dreams. That's when I decided to raise funds to provide scholarships to deserving children so that they could hone their talent at the Salaam Bombay Academy of the Arts."

The concert reaches out to musically gifted children from private schools who use their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of their less fortunate peers in government schools. WE is more than a charity concert. It brings children from two diverse sections of society together on a common platform, where talent and skill are the binding force, where mutual admiration and respect for each other as artists abound. In the end, it isn't just the Academy children who benefit…private school children get an education not found in any textbook. Each one of them is an agent of change.

What began with 25 students and an audience of 200, has now grown into a movement. From one school to seventeen in Mumbai and one private school in the UK, the number of artists have also increased to more than 80. Seven years later, more than Rs. 2cr ($264,500) have been raised to benefit 2,500 resource poor students and widen their career horizon. Many have gone on to becoming voice artists, teachers, and choreographers.

WE is an initiative with a big heart. Begun in 2013 by then seventh graders of Cathedral and John Connon School, funds raised put adolescents from Mumbai's slums through an intense three year long programme at the Salaam Bombay Academy of the Arts.

12 year old Mrinalini Somani, the brainchild behind WE, was inspired by her voluntary stint at the Academy, where she danced alongside children from municipal/public schools. These children were part of the Salaam Bombay Dance Academy that uses dance as a tool of development. Through Dance, children develop confidence and self-esteem, they use the stage as a platform of self-expression; dance and other vocational skills such as set and costume design, choreography, etc., open up career options that otherwise do not exist for these children of limited means. Says Mrinialini, "I quickly realized we are all of the same bent of mind artistically… talented, bright and full of dreams. The only difference is that I am fortunate to avail of formal training while their financial constraints cripple their creativity and dreams. That's when I decided to raise funds to provide scholarships to deserving children so that they could hone their talent at the Salaam Bombay Academy of the Arts."

The concert reaches out to musically gifted children from private schools who use their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of their less fortunate peers in government schools. WE is more than a charity concert. It brings children from two diverse sections of society together on a common platform, where talent and skill are the binding force, where mutual admiration and respect for each other as artists abound. In the end, it isn't just the Academy children who benefit…private school children get an education not found in any textbook. Each one of them is an agent of change.

What began with 26 students and an audience of 100, has now grown into a movement. Six years later, WE performs at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai's iconic centre for art and culture to an audience of almost 800. From one private school to fifteen, the number of artists have increased to 62. To date, 600 scholarships worth Rs. 6,000,000 (approx.. US$77,000) have benefitted 600 deserving children from Mumbai's slums. Many have gone on to becoming voice artists, teachers, and choreographers.

WE is an initiative with a big heart. Begun in 2013 by then seventh graders of Cathedral and John Connon School, funds raised put adolescents from Mumbai's slums through an intense three year long programme at the Salaam Bombay Academy of the Arts.

12 year old Mrinalini Somani, the brainchild behind WE, was inspired by her voluntary stint at the Academy, where she danced alongside children from municipal/public schools. These children were part of the Salaam Bombay Dance Academy that uses dance as a tool of development. Through Dance, children develop confidence and self-esteem, they use the stage as a platform of self-expression; dance and other vocational skills such as set and costume design, choreography, etc., open up career options that otherwise do not exist for these children of limited means. Says Mrinialini, "I quickly realized we are all of the same bent of mind artistically… talented, bright and full of dreams. The only difference is that I am fortunate to avail of formal training while their financial constraints cripple their creativity and dreams. That's when I decided to raise funds to provide scholarships to deserving children so that they could hone their talent at the Salaam Bombay Academy of the Arts."

The concert reaches out to musically gifted children from private schools who use their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of their less fortunate peers in government schools. WE is more than a charity concert. It brings children from two diverse sections of society together on a common platform, where talent and skill are the binding force, where mutual admiration and respect for each other as artists abound. In the end, it isn't just the Academy children who benefit…private school children get an education not found in any textbook. Each one of them is an agent of change.

What began with 25 students and an audience of 200, has now grown into a movement. From one school to seventeen in Mumbai and one private school in the UK, the number of artists have also increased to more than 80. Seven years later, more than Rs. 2cr ($264,500) have been raised to benefit 2,500 resource poor students and widen their career horizon. Many have gone on to becoming voice artists, teachers, and choreographers.

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