Community changes tune towards breast screening

How can we better capture Australia’s diversity through music?

On Saturday 19th November, The Pink Sari Project will host Pink Sari Melodies at Auburn Town Tall. The event is the culmination of their success in the Pink Sari Melodies Songwriting Competition, an initiative supported by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service. The competition sought to address a “culture of silence” on breast cancer in the Indian and Sri Lankan community. According to the Cancer Institute NSW, two years ago these communities had some of the lowest screening rates for Breast Cancer. The success of this program is demonstrated in the rise in screening rates for the communities concerned.

Pink Sari Melodies will capture the songs by nine singer/songwriters including Sumi Krishnan, Gary Luck, Priyanka Pinto, Rekha Shashikanth, Anu Shivaram, Deepa Srinivasan, Daniel Vijayakumar, Russell Vincent and Sheyana Wijesingha.

‘I have a strong belief that music can be used to bring communities together to encourage a better health awareness and education outcome. [It is] an arts for health approach to influence people’s way of thinking towards breast cancer,’ said Sheyana Wijesingha whose song ‘It’s in our Hands’ will be included in the CD compilation.
‘I want to be part of a community that works together to create a support network for people dealing with health issues such as breast cancer and cultural barriers which may inhibit successful diagnosis and treatment.’

The song writing competition was open to amateur and professional songwriters and musicians from all cultural backgrounds across Australia. Writing workshops with the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) assisted in the development of songwriting. The words ‘the women in my life; and ‘pink sari’ had to be included in the compositions submitted for consideration, with the top 9 being selected for the professionally recorded compilation CD that will be available on the day.

Pink Sari Project showcases Pink Sari Melodies Songwriting Competition

Saturday, 19 November, 3pm – 5.30pm

Auburn Town Hall