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Kuyillum Mayillum CD

Kuyillum Mayillum means Cuckoo and Peacock, to signify that the material aids singing and dancing

This is a set of easy to sing songs in Tamil, created by girls, for girls, on personal hygiene, nutrition, right to education and the importance of good parenting. The CD is very popular and Nalamdana is making more copies to be given free among state run schools. Donations welcome.

Aseema Trust and Nalamdana (Partners on the South India Girl Child Project funded by World Education, Boston) released a CD of 8 songs called Kuyillum Mayillum meaning Cuckoo and Peacock, to symbolise the songs created by vulnerable girls. Each song is on an important issue as identified by these young girls. Trained by Nalamdana, some have sung in the tape while others have written the songs. Trained by Aseema, some girls have learned to dance to the songs.

CD Release Event
The audio release function held at the Kalakshetra auditorium was attended by special invitees and over 500 school girl students from different institutions. The audio CD was formally released by the Consul General of the United States of America in Chennai, David T. Hopper and first copy was given to special guest; Ms.Shakuntala Sharma, Secretary, The Children's Garden School in the presence of special invitee Shri. S. P Balasubramaniam, noted playback singer who had also sung one of the songs with the girls as chorus.

The representatives of Aseema Trust, World Education Inc and Nalamdana stressed how this project helped to reach vulnerable girls, and how each song was on an important issue, as identified by these young girls. The song and dance tape is being distributed free in local schools and slum communities where both organizations work.

Audio Tape: Azhage

Azhage is a professionally created tape of ten Tamil songs about HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support. 

They have been sung by the leading play-back singers of Tamil films. Impact evaluation studies of the tape have been conducted and are available upon written request.
Cost: Rs. 35/- 
Number produced and distributed: 5000 

How it can be used: Often used in dance competitions in schools and colleges, played over the public address systems in exhibitions and fairs and in long distance government and private state transport buses. 

It is also broadcast in All India Radio music programmes. Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS ) bought 1000 tapes for distribution to all NGOs funded by them.