Mu­sic com­poser Shekhar Ravjiani will pay a trib­ute to late Jagjit Singh at a fundraiser

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - HTCITY -

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

Mes­meris­ing China Drum Opera by artists from China Korean artists match steps dur­ing a per­for­mance at the DIAFPHOTO: BIPLOV BHUYAN/HT

HT PHOTO Shekhar Ravjiani (top, cen­tre) and late Jagjit Singh (left)

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