“Everything you can say about India, the opposite is also true”Amarya Sen
Everything you can say about caring for people at the end of their lives in Bengal is full of opposites, contradictions, successes, obstacles and paradoxes. This musical evening celebrates the work being carried out by the EIPC Project to introduce good palliative and end of life care (good pain control and best quality of life) with plans for sustainability in West Bengal: a 91 m population, two-thirds the size of England. Patients with advanced medical conditions but little morphine availability; enthusiastic professionals and volunteers being trained by Indian and UK experts amongst much stigma and fears surrounding cancer, aids and other conditions. The work, driven by the Eastern India Palliative Care Project, is a health partnership between the UK and Eastern India.
Viola da Cunha, a mezzo soprano, accompanied by Yuki Osedo (piano), will lead the evening of music. She will include a song cycle using poems written by a patient during her last days in a London hospice.
A short presentation by Dr Mitra, Chairman of the EIPC Project, will be concluded by Rabindra Sangeet performer, Dr Susmita Ghosh Mitra from Kolkata.
A musical evening with a difference!
- Arrive, refreshments and exhibition (works of Jasmeen Labana)
- Welcome – Sangeeta Bahadur, Director, Nehru Centre, High Commission of India; Minister of Culture
- Introduction – David Oliviere, Former Director of Education and Training, St Christopher’s Hospice, London; Hon Professor, Middlesex University
- Arias and Songs – Viola da Cunha, mezzo soprano
Accompanied on piano by Yuki Osedo
- Eastern India Palliative Care Project – Dr Sankha Mitra, Chairman, EIPC; Consultant Oncologist, Brighton; Senior lecturer, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
- Dr Susmita Ghosh Mitra, Rabindra Sangeet
- Viola da Cunha
- Thanks and farewell