Wednesday, April 19, 2006

American Music Composer Raises And Distributes Funds In India To Clear Debts of Families Where Head Of Household Has Committed Suicide

NIZAMABAD, INDIA: "Emotional scenes were witnessed in Isaipeta village of Machareddy mandal [in east-central State of Andhra Pradesh] when a US-based music composer, Joseph Curiale cleared the debts incurred by farmers, who committed suicide.

Mr. Joseph arrived all the way from the US to visit this backward and upland village and provided some relief to the bereaved families of the farmers, who resorted to suicides. He had collected donations to the tune of Rs. 3 lakh from the US and handed it over to the bereaved families and cleared debts of about five farmers to the tune of Rs. 2.5 lakh through Madhu Yaskhi Foundation.

MP Madhu Yaskhi's wife, Suchi Yaskhi, distributed sarees and handed over chocolates and biscuits to the bereaved family members. The debts of G. Anjavva, D. Laxmi, M. Yellavva, Sharada and B. Renuka were cleared with the help of donations from the US and moneylenders handed over the promisory notes to the beneficiaries.

Besides, the moneylenders also reduced the interest amount on the loans taken by the farmers. Tears rolled the eyes of the widows.

After the loans were cleared, the widows had no words to thank Mr Joseph except for tears in their eyes.

The foundation cleared debts ranging from Rs. 38,000 to Rs. 50,000.

When some of the farmers' widows arrived at the village and asked for some assistance, the foundation handed over financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 2,500 each to about four persons.

The music composer promised further assistance to the poor farmers by collecting more donations from his friends in the US, Singapore, Malaysia, and other parts of the world."

Staff Reporter "US composer rushes to the aid of farmers' widows" The Hindu: India's National Newspaper April 19, 2006


American Composer Joseph Curiale's writings on Music, Creativity, and the Sacred:

'The Spirit of Creativity: Thoughts On Living One's Creative Truth'
by Joseph Curiale

Excerpt from his book available at:

Monumental Gateway in Andhra Pradesh, India

Photo credit: With thanks.


Andhra Pradesh: (ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్; Āndhra Prādesh), is a State in Eastern India [capital,Hyderabad] and is part of the linguistic-cultural region of South India but is also considered Eastern and sometimes even Central India. It lies between 12°41' and 22°N latitude and 77° and 84°40'E longitude, and is bordered by Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa in the north, the Bay of Bengal in the East, Tamil Nadu to the south and Karnataka to the west. Andhra Pradesh is the fifth largest state in India and it forms the major link between the north and the south of India. It is the biggest and most populous state in that area of India. It is also considered the rice bowl of India. The state is crossed by two major rivers, the Godavari and Krishna. ("Pradesh" means "region" or "state".)


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