Malayalee doctors from all over the world to take part in first ever music fest Hridayageetham on July 11, July 19 on Facebook Live
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON July 04: In a unique show of togetherness, Malayalee doctors from different parts of the world will come together to lend their voices to give life to a beautiful musical concept that will bond them together in these difficult times. This event is slated to be the first of its kind in the history of medical fraternity worldwide. This beautiful musical venture was conceptualised by Dr Sethu Warrier from London.
Dr Sethu and his friends minds were perturbed by the loss of several of his colleagues within the medical field from the UK and worldwide. He has dearly wanted to reach out to those families who are bereaving and also send out a message to all the medical professionals that we are all into together in this trying times of the pandemic.
Dr Sethu wanted to bring his singing mates together and share the compassion and the dedication with yet striving frontline workers, the doctors and dentists across the world who are continuing to battle the war against COVID-19.
Dr Sethu has further dream projects in his mind to bring together this bunch of talented medic singers to record music and also to present live stage shows once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted. He is looking at this event as the first ever bonding of a musical kind and then lead up to take it further by staying together in these difficult times and also in years to come.
Responding to a query from this website on the reasons behind such an innovative project he said: “People fail to notice that even in between the ongoing Greek tragedy staged everyday within the realms of medical care where medics play a major role, compassion and joy too exist from where music breaks through. Despite the various masks and roles we don to play a role in this drama, we doctors are also genuine human beings with pain, passion and personal stories like all out there.
“And, music is one balm that keeps our compassion flowing and invariably rejuvenates us to serve as warriors against this enigmatic curse that has struck humanity. This display of the talent that lies buried beneath the duty of care in the medic world is a selfish interest that I wished to share with the world”.
The above comment summarises Dr Sethu’s passion to bring together the medical professionals from all over the world under one umbrella through the means of music where everyone immerses into the just one song which is the song of love and compassion towards human mankind… a song from the heart.
The unique event titled Hridayageetham is planned to be held on 11th Saturday and 18th Sunday of July 2020 between 2 to 4pm UK Time (530-730 UAE ST) and 630-830 IST.
A line up of fabulous singers from the medic world will present popular film songs based on well known Ragas which promises to be a treat you should not miss.
The event will be Live streamed through We Shall Overcome Facebook page. The participants are medics who have already made a mark in not just in the field of medicine but also in music.The first if its kind event in the world, titled Hridayageetham, is termed as By The Doctors, For The Doctors and For Humanity, will feature doctors who are renowned as singers at a professional level who have been participants in musical groups, who have performed widely on stage and have recorded and even composed music too.
Dr Sethu will be anchoring the show with Kishore Warrier, a well known musical genius, and they will take you through ragas and songs based on classical Indian music section.
Raymol Nidhry from We Shall Overcome will provide all the necessary support for the Live streaming of the show for all over the world.
The Live program can be watched by anyone who has a Facebook profile – either Live when it is on or later again on the Facebook link of We Shall Overcome. We Shall Overcome (WSO) is a popular Facebook forum which will telecast the event Live to the world. We Shall Overcome have already presented several successful music programmes featuring musicians from UK and India.
This will be a first venture where the entire cast is comprised of singing doctors who have made their mark in medicine as well as music.
Dr Geetha P, Calicut
Dr Sangeetha, Calicut
Dr Sheeja P K, Muscat
Dr Rashmi Sudesh, Calicut
Dr Savitha Menon, UK
Dr Vimal Kumar, Dubai
Dr Manoj Chandran, Dubai
Dr Vani Jayaram, UK
Dr Roshni Sudeep, Dubai
Dr Priya Nambiar, Calicut
Dr Ajith Kartha, UK
Dr Soumya Savitry, UK
Dr Nigil Cletus, Kochi
Dr Arun Shankar, Trivandrum,
Dr Sreeja, Calicut
Dr Kishore Warrier UK
UK allows quarantine-free international travel to 60 “lower risk countries” excluding India and the US
London June 4: The UK on Friday allowed quarantine-free international travel to nearly 60 “lower risk countries”, excluding India and the US, as it released a list of exempt nations posing “a reduced risk” from the deadly coronavirus.
The UK Foreign Office Travel Advisory related to India remains unchanged as part of its wider advice for British nationals to avoid “all non-essential international travel”.
India and the US are among the countries excluded from the list of nearly 60 low-risk countries.
The list containing countries posing “a reduced risk” from the deadly coronavirus includes European destinations of Germany, France, Spain and Italy as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Some of the Asian countries considered low risk include Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, with popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean as well as Mauritius and the Seychelles also making the UK’s travel corridor cut.
“Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation.
Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses,” said UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
“The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore safety must remain our watch word and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with,” the minister said.
Under COVID-19 lockdown related rules brought in last month, most travellers from any part of the world coming into the UK currently have to self-isolate, or quarantine, for two weeks.
The new measures, which will come into force from July 10, mean that people arriving from selected green or amber zone destinations will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate, unless they have been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.
The devolved administrations will set out their own approach to exemptions, and so passengers returning to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could be subject to slightly different quarantine rules until they confirm their travel strategies to control the spread of coronavirus.
The UK government said its expectation is that a number of the exempted countries will also not require arrivals from the UK to self-isolate. This will mean that holidaymakers or business travellers travelling to and from certain destinations will not need to self-isolate on either leg of their journey.
The exempted countries and territories will be kept under constant review, so that if the health risks increase self-isolation measures can be re-introduced to help stop the spread of the disease into England, the Department for Transport said.
The UK Foreign Office is also set to change its blanket advice against all non-essential foreign travel from Saturday and make it more region-specific in line with the traffic light system.
The transport ministry said the graded travel system follows a risk assessment has been conducted by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, in close consultation with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer.
The assessment draws on a range of factors including the prevalence of coronavirus, the numbers of new cases and potential trajectory of the disease in that destination.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has infected over 10 million people and killed more than 521,000 across the world.
The US is the worst affected country with over 2.7 million cases and more than 1,28,000 deaths. The UK has over 285,000 cases with more than 44,000 fatalities.
The COVID-19, which originated in China’s Wuhan city in December last year, has also battered the world economy with the International Monetary Fund saying that the global economy is bound to suffer a “severe recession”. Scientists are racing against time to find a vaccine or medicine for its treatment. – PTI
This oral historian in UK is looking to meet with the Mappila community members from Kerala who are in the UK
LONDON July 3: In his drive to do further research on the Mappila community from Kerala, this oral historian is looking to meet with the Mappila community members residing in the UK or Europe. Continue reading “This oral historian in UK is looking to meet with the Mappila community members from Kerala who are in the UK”
These three day Live Facebook music and dance program starts today to support those needy artistes in Kerala: Dont Miss
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON June 3: At the time of lockdown there are hundreds of those artistes in Kerala whose lives have been affected as a result of not being able to work due to no fault of theirs. Like always, it is those who are those fortunate ones, especially who are abroad, always lending the helping hand to those Keralites at difficult times.
Continue reading “These three day Live Facebook music and dance program starts today to support those needy artistes in Kerala: Dont Miss”
Govt roll out ‘Dream Kerala Project’ to tap potential and experience of Malayalees returning from abroad
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM July 2: The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to roll out a ‘Dream Kerala Project’ to tap the potential and experience of those returning from abroad and other states after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “Govt roll out ‘Dream Kerala Project’ to tap potential and experience of Malayalees returning from abroad”
Reptriation flight from London to Kochi helps this newly Tamil married couple to rejoin together and they have only praises about Malayalees
Palaniselvam and Dr Vinothini
Newly married Palaniselvam got stranded in the UK due to pandemic. His wife, who was here with him only had gone to Tamil Nadu briefly but due to lockdown she also got stuck there. Finally with help from the Malayalees Stranded in UK whatsapp group the couple were able to reach home. On their return Palaniselvam writes a blog to share his experiences of the flight from London to home. Palaniselvam works as a software engineer in a reputed organization in the UK. His wife Dr Vinothini is a homeopath.
Travellers from London to Kochi having to disembark in stopover airports: Kerala High Court reviewing request for direct flights after petitions
KOCHI June 30: Hundreds of Malayalees are still stranded in the UK unable to secure places on Air India flights through the Vande Bharath Mission. Calls for direct flights from London to Kerala have been increasing day by day due to several passengers unable to go through the hassle of disembarking at a stopover due to health reasons. Majority of the Vande Bharath Mission flights from London to Kochi are having stopovers in one of the domestic airports in India before leaving to Kochi. This has caused huge inconvenience to those travellers.
NEW DELHI June 30: From 6 July UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services and the following Visa Application Centres in India will be open from the same date, VFS Global website said. Continue reading “UK Visa Application Centre in Kochi and other selected offices to be reopened from July 6”
LONDON June 29: The UK government on Sunday said it is planning to impose localised lockdowns in some regions showing a spike in coronavirus infections, as latest figures showed that Indian-origin people remain in the category of those hardest hit from the deadly virus among Britain’s ethnic minorities. Continue reading “Indian-origin people among hardest hit by Coronavirus in the UK”
Private airlines IndiGo and GoAir to reptriate Malayalees stranded in Qatar and Kuwait: Will India allow private operators from UK?
New Delhi July 29: In a tweet (yesterday) on Sunday evening, the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry said, “Private Airlines will have significant participation in Phase-4 of Vande Bharat Mission.
Among others, IndiGo will operate 238 flights from Qatar & 219 flights from Kuwait; while GoAir will operate 41 flights from Kuwait. The number of private carriers, flights & destinations are likely to increase.”
The above news is open to many assumptions and one could argument could be that private airlines will be allowed to operate from UK too. However, it is yet to be seen who those private operators could be and who makes that decision.
Air India will fly 114 flights while IndiGo and GoAir will operate 457 and 41 flights respectively between July 3 and July 15 under the fourth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate stranded Indians amid the coronavirus crisis. Continue reading “Private airlines IndiGo and GoAir to reptriate Malayalees stranded in Qatar and Kuwait: Will India allow private operators from UK?”