A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE GHAZAL KING
Music composer Shekhar Ravjiani will pay a tribute to late Jagjit Singh at a fundraiser
Awinter evening is the perfect occasion to enjoy some ghazals. And if there is also an opportunity to help the less privileged, it makes the evening even more beautiful. NGO Salaam Baalak Trust has created one such opportunity at the celebration of their 30th anniversary. The charity musical concert, Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi, will pay tribute to legendary ghazal singer, the late Jagjit Singh. It also aims to gather funds to continue the noble work.
Composer and singer Shekhar Ravjiani will attempt to recreate an unforgettable evening along with musicians who have performed with Jagjit Singh in the past.
Ravjiani, who calls himself “a fan, follower, student of Jagjit Singhji”, says: “I have always wanted to express my heartfelt love, respect, gratitude for his blessings and his unconditional love and guidance that showed me the way in my musical career. Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi seemed like the most apt way to pay tribute to this great man and his legacy [and] to...bring peace and happiness to people through his music.”
“I have performed HKA for audiences in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The love I received has been unprecedented, and each show has been an even more resounding success than the previous one. And now I cannot wait to perform HKA in Delhi for the Salaam Baalak Trust,” he adds.
The singer will be accompanied by the musicians who accompanied Singh for more than 20 years — violinist Deepak Pandit, guitarist Sanjoy Das, keyboardist Anupam Chatterjee and tabla player Amit Dutt Choubey.
The NGO provides basic facilities to children who live on the streets of Delhi NCR or who are abandoned there. The trust was set up after the worldwide success of the film Salaam Bombay, by filmmaker Mira Nair in 1988, and has worked with more than 90,000 children; around 18,000 kids have been reunited with their families.
“We’ve grown since then (inception). We started off with three staff [members] and 20 What: Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asiad Village Complex, August Kranti Marg
When: December 13 Timing: 7.30 to 9pm Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on Yellow Line children, now we have over 250 staff and are helping 9,000 children a year,” says Tanya Alag from the NGO, adding, “When they are about 16, we try and groom them towards sustainability and focus on career counselling. Shekhar visited us last time he was in Delhi, and said he would love to do a concert in aid of the trust. We hope this event will generate awareness and funds to continue our work with the children.” What: 12th Delhi International Arts Festival Where: For venues and timings, visit https:// www.diaf.in/
On till: December 10
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HT PHOTO Shekhar Ravjiani (top, centre) and late Jagjit Singh (left)