The Aroha Choir
The name Aroha comes from the Sanskrit “Arohan” which means the ascending scale or to ascend. The Aroha Choir comprises music lovers from Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland of Northeast India. They come from diverse backgrounds and denominations. In spite of busy schedules, their love for music and the pursuit of excellence in art and lifestyle has brought them together. Most are soloists in their own right and they share a passion for social service. Their music has touched and inspired many and they have a varied repertoire from indigenous folk music to jazz and classical.
Their debut concert at the Loreto Convent hall in May 2008 was to raise funds for the Loreto Centenary celebration. In December of the same year they did a fund raising concert for the Chrisitian Academy. In June 2009 they premiered the performance of “U Ktien” a Khasi Oratorio with U-team a jazz quartet from Berlin, Germany.
They did a series of successful concerts in Delhi where they performed for the Prime Minister, Shri Manmohan Singh at a special Christmas function in December 2010. They also performed at the Indo- French Cultural Centre, the Alliance Francaise and the Delhi School of Music.
A few members did workshops and performances at Lonavala in February 2011 and in Nagaland in May 2011 . Six members of the Aroha Choir have just returned from Caux, Switzerland July-August 2011 from an Artists Programme for International artists.