Child’s Play India Foundation is a registered music education Trust that seeks to instill positive values and provide social empowerment to India’s disadvantaged children through the teaching of classical music to the highest possible standard. It was founded by Dr. Luis Dias in 2009.
We currently teach violin, viola, cello, recorder, transverse flute, clarinet and piano to around 60 children across three locations in Goa. Our choir project has an additional 40 children.
We also have two orchestras – the Camerata Child’s Play India – which has our senior students, teachers and local musicians from the community and Junior Camerata Child’s Play which is made up of our younger students.
- To introduce western classical music to underprivileged and street children in India
- To provide, through music education, a sense of discipline, self-esteem and possible career opportunities for deprived youngsters;
- To mentor and encourage all children to reach their maximum potential;
- To encourage excellence and creativity;
- To engage the local music community in developing the talent of children who are not part of the mainstream
Dr. Luis Dias, Founder and Project Director
Dr. Luis Dias is a physician, musician and founder of Child’s Play India Foundation. In 2007, he began to wonder why India, with over a billion people, did not have the world standard in classical music that other, smaller countries seemed to have. Through sheer serendipity, that year at the BBC Proms, two unusual orchestras took center-stage and turned a passing thought into a passionate mission. The El Sistema Simón Bolívar orchestra (Venezuela) and Buskaid Soweto String Project Orchestra (South Africa) are both made up of underprivileged children. Their performances at the Royal Albert Hall that year were on par with any professional orchestra anywhere in the world. This inspired Dr. Dias to launch Child’s Play India. If Venezuela & South Africa could do it, why not India?
The story behind Child’s Play India…and Dr. Luis Dias’s dream for the children of this country
Board of Trustees
Marie Therese Dias
Isabel Santa Rita Vas
Chryselle D’Silva Dias