Underprivileged kids charm Kolkata

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 22:23 hrs

Kolkata Sukriti Foundation on Sunday hosted Gold Underground, a musical evening where the underprivileged children performed to the songs from the album, 'Condition Free' a display of perseverance and determination prevailing over disability and hardship.

The show was choreographed and composed by National Award winning singer Rupam Islam and choreographed by Shreeparna Ghosal and Arnab Bandopadhyay.

The event was organized and directed by award winning director Abhijit Das Gupta, who is also the Secretary of Kolkata Sukriti Foundation.

Earlier, the Kolkata Sukriti Foundation had initiated several programs for the disabled so that they can be accepted as a part of the society, through a series of projects called Beyond Belief, Gold Underground and Reach Out.

The foundation members visited about ten schools for the project and films were made on it as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Abhijit Das Gupta said, "I thank those who came today to bless and encourage the kids. Many of whom I had approached asked - who will come? When I said deprived kids between 8 to 14 years and some physically challenged, bereft of upper or lower limbs, or blind or speech and hearing impaired they excused themselves."

"All we need to do is to stand by them, encourage them and offer an opportunity. We have given them hope, we cannot betray them now. Those who have seen them, supported them unhesitatingly."

Rupam Islam said, "I will again be a part of this program. The children, who sang here, they never learnt music. My students and I taught them the songs and then recorded their songs. We all have to support them with the art they are performing so nicely."

"I have not seen such a magical evening for a long time. I wish all the children reach the zenith of their life and get success. I am very happy that I witnessed such a show," said Sugata Bose, professor of Harvard University.

"I would like to congratulate Abhijit and his companions for such a grand show. The show gave a social message and awareness to the audience. This show can also be taken to an international level. I loved it altogether," said filmmaker, Goutam Ghose.

Birla Tyre and Keshoram industries had sponsored 6 children.

Sushil Goenka and Emami group had sponsored another 6 children.

Subhomoy Saha, Anindya Das Gupta and Dinesh Poddar sponsored 2 children each.

S.K Todi and Satyam Roychoudhury sponsored 1 child each.

"Out of 62 children, 23 children are being sponsored. We are trying to reach more sponsors and give the children a new life," said Abhijit.

(Reporting by Shubhrima Dutta, Image by Avishek Mitra/IBNS)

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