Chicago Children’s Choir Travels to India
February 18, 2013 | by —Elle Eichinger | Homepage
Close on the heels of its world-premiere performance of Sita Ram, the Chicago Children’s Choir became global ambassadors in India late last month. During a ten-day trip, the 45 singers from the organization’s renowned Concert Choir visited Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Chennai, and Bagalore, performing songs from Sita Ram and conducting workshops in each city.
Although the Concert Choir has traveled internationally since 1976 to countries such as South Korea, Italy, Estonia, South Africa, and Germany, this was its inaugural trip to India—a fitting choice, as Sita Ram is based on an ancient Hindu epic called Ramayana. (Local designer Azeeza Khan, whose clothes are heavily influenced by India and her time spent studying fashion there, created the play’s costumes.)
During the last week of January, the Choir performed at the India Islamic Cultural Center, the Jaipur Literature Festival, Sir Muth Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall, and the Bishop Cotton Boys School. Being a nonprofit organization itself, the Chicago Children’s Choir also gave back while abroad. Choir members conducted workshops for a variety of nonprofit groups that promote education through music. While in India, the singers also had the chance to meet Bombay Jayashri, an Academy Award nominee for best original song in the movie Life of Pi.