It’s yet another feather in the cap of percussionist Dr Abdul Halim from Tirunelveli district, who has been chosen for the Philippines Gusi Peace Prize International award. And the honour is for his outstanding skills in playing Ghatam, Thavil and Drums and for honing the innate talents of scores of his students to set a world record.
Quite interestingly, this is the first time an Indian percussionist is being honoured for his untiring effort in working for people’s amelioration in finding the best solutions for human dignity and peace through music. Halim is already a Guinness and Limca record holder besides host of awards.
A recipient of Tamil Nadu government’s ‘Kalaivalarmani’ award, Dr Halim while serving as a music teacher at Balakrishna Matriculation school at Vadakkankulam in Tirunelveli district honed the skills of 200 odd students in making them global record holders. In a step further, he gives them an opportunity to showcase their skills during his music concerts in Nellai and Kanyakumari districts.
Dr Halim said that he will receive the global award at an event scheduled to be held on May 7 in Manila, Philippines and added that this has in fact given him an impetus to research more on percussion instruments thereby popularising and promoting it among the global audience. It’s a matter of great pride for Dr Halim since this is the first time a musician from India is being honoured.
Gusi Peace Prize International founded in 2002 honours individuals and organizations, who have given exemplary contributions to Global Peace and Progress, through international brotherhood and friendship and by using their God-given talents for the benefit of mankind; to champion human rights and maintain governance, democracy, equality, international peace, and goodwill.
Armed with a degree in music from Annamalai University and MA (Mridangam) from Mahatma Gandhi University, Dr Halim obtained MPhil from Tamil University and later received Honorary Doctorate from World Record University for his achievement in Ghatam for promoting traditional music of India. He has to his credit Knighthood honour from The Kingdom of Georgia and Kentucky colonel honour from Kentucky state of USA.