‘ Mum­bai for Chen­nai’ con­certs kick off

₹ 15 lakh handed to Bhoomika Trust for help­ing flood vic­tims

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

The first of a se­ries of three con­certs or­gan­ised by The Hindu group to raise funds for Chen­nai’s flood vic­tims was held to­day.

Ti­tled ‘ Mum­bai for Chen­nai’, the con­cert was pre­sented by renowned clas­si­cal vo­cal­ist Aruna Sairam at the G5A, the per­for­mance venue at Ma­ha­lak­shmi.

Cheques worth ₹ 15 lakh were handed to Bhoomika Trust, which has been ac­tively help­ing the flood af­fected, by Namita Vikas, Group Pres­i­dent and Coun­try Head, Re­spon­si­ble Bank­ing & Chief Sus­tain­abil­ity Of­fi­cer, YES Bank, and A Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian, CEO of Birla Sun Life As­set Man­age­ment Com­pany.

“Chen­nai floods af­fected 30 lakh peo­ple and about 10 lakh were ren­dered home­less. Our fo­cus is now on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and this money will help us with the ini­tia­tive,” said Aruna Subra­ma­niam from Bhoomika Trust, while ac­cept­ing the cheques. ‘ Mum­bai for Chen­nai’ is pre­sented by YES Bank and pow­ered by Birla Sun Life Mu­tual Fund.

Set up in Fe­bru­ary 2001, Bhoomika Trust pri­mar­ily works to pro­vide disas­ter re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. It has worked ex­ten­sively with those who suf­fered in the Gu­jarat earth­quake and the Tsunami in south In­dia.

On Satur­day an in­stru­men­tal duet will be per­formed by cel­e­brated flautists Shashank Subra­manyam and Ronu Ma­jum­dar.

Jan­uary 24, the fi­nal day, will see ac­claimed play­back singer Har­i­ha­ran, the son of renowned Car­natic vo­cal­ists Shri­mati Alamelu and the late HAS Mani, per­form a ghazal con­cert.

The events start at 7.15 pm at G5A, Laxmi Mills Es­tate, Laxmi Mills Lane, off Dr E Moses Road, Ma­ha­laxmi. For de­tails, call 24909393.

Lim­ited early- bird passes avail­able at the venue.

( From left) A Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian, CEO, Birla Sun Life As­set Man­age­ment, hand­ing over cheques to Aruna Subra­ma­niam of Bhoomika Trust for the vic­tims of Chen­nai floods, Namita Vikas, YES Bank Group Pres­i­dent and Coun­try Head, Re­spon­si­ble Bank­ing, and Aruna Sairam, who gave the first of the ' Mum­bai for Chen­nai" con­certs or­gan­ised by The Hindu Group and pre­sented by YES Bank, in Mum­bai on Fri­day PAUL NORONHA

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